5 ways to create a nature-inspired kitchen

October 21, 2022

Throughout history, nature has been a source of inspiration, and with biophilia back in fashion, there has never been a better time to embrace nature-inspired kitchen design.

The past few years, living in lockdowns, has encouraged us to reconnect with nature by bringing the outside in. By surrounding ourselves with nature-inspired elements we can create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere even in the busiest of homes.

To bring biophilia into the heart of the home, try introducing a mix of natural materials, earthy colours and tactile textures into your nature-inspired kitchen design. The following ideas, selected by Masterclass Kitchens, have been handpicked to provide a cost-effective natural kitchen scheme that won’t break the bank.


1. Work with wood

Invite nature into your kitchen with the use of all-natural wood. Solid wood is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets, especially when creating a nature-inspired kitchen design. As well as cabinetry, it can warm up kitchen worktops, open shelving, breakfast bars and kitchen accessories. If you’re looking for a more modest alternative, consider a sympathetic wood-effect finish.

nature-inspired kitchen design: kitchen island with natural wooden worktop

Photo: Masterclass Kitchens

2. The power of plants

Plants are a simple yet impactful way to bring the outside in, breathing life into your living spaces. No nature-inspired kitchen design would be complete without them. Plants are a cost-effective way to introduce biophilia into the kitchen. They have also been proven to enhance your wellbeing, so go all out and submerge your space in luscious greenery.

nature-inspired kitchen design featuring natural materials and plants

Photo: Paul Craig

3. Nature-inspired colours

The colour green is synonymous with nature, making green cabinets an ideal go-to for nature-inspired kitchen design. Masterclass Kitchen’s Hunter Green and New Forest offer the perfect hue for that natural look when used throughout your design, especially when mixed with other organic textures and materials like stone slabs and wooden dining tables.

rear extension with dark wooden floor, large sliding windows/doors and dark cabinetry

Photo: Paul Craig

4. Organic materials

Older properties and traditional cottages tend to feature lots of wood and stone because they were the only materials available when they were built. If they are structurally sound, allow these original features to come to the fore when renovating your kitchen. For example, leave timber beams and brick walls exposed for a rustic, natural look.

stone slabs in a kitchen conversion with exposed brick walls and exposed ceiling beams

Photo: Masterclass Kitchens

5. Earthy tones

Combining natural, earthy finishes with stone is the best way to create a nature-inspired kitchen design. If original, organic materials are too expensive, simply mix warm shades of grey with stone-effect worktops, plinths or panelling for a natural, modern look in your kitchen.

nature-inspired kitchen design with wood-clad island, stone walls and modern worktops

Photo: Masterclass Kitchens

To find out more about nature-inspired kitchen design and how to make the most of your space, visit