How to Use Beans in Home Decor

You’ve learned how to make lentils, the delicious power food for families. But, have you ever considered how you can use dried beans to add some color in your home? Yes, I’ve used green split peas to decorate my home.

At my local Whole Foods I picked up a big bag of green split peas from their bulk foods section and in no time I added a punch of color to my dining room!

Selecting Beans in Home Decorating

Most grocers sell dried lentils and other beans. Common colors can be a bit drab – browns and blacks. You might be surprised with the other more vibrant colors. Beans like lentils are available in yellow, red and green. Consider kidney beans for their deep maroon or the lighter green in the split peas I used. Purchase a few pounds of beans to place in a vase or other clear container. Mix different beans for contrast.

Using beans in home decorating to cooking is a smart mama way. I look forward to learning how you use beans in home decor!

Common Types of Beans for Home Decorating

Red Bean

Large seed and its interior is white, although its bark may be dark in color. It is used for different stews. It’s deep color makes it great for autumn decor.

Butter Bean

This bean species is one of the most sought after for cooking because it is soft and light in taste. Its bark is yellow. It can be used for different dishes and for home decor, as well. Use this bean to lighten up a darker spot in the home.

Black Bean

Black beans are one of the most common bean served, especially here in South Florida. I have a great black bean recipe that my family really enjoys. You can use black beans in home decor. They look great in a glass bowl in a white kitchen. They make a great accent.

Garbanzo Bean (Chickpeas)

According to the Arizona University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the garbanzo bean is the most consumed grain in the world. They are most commonly used in salads, stews and soups. Hummus, a chickpea dip, is one of the most popular ways to serve chickpeas. We also love to roast them.

Because of it’s more round shape, the garbanzo sits well in a vase or other glass bowl.


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