Stephen Kent Johnson
It’s no secret that green has been trending in a major way lately. Not only does the leafy shade conjure the sensation of being outdoors after two years cooped up at home, it also is a versatile (and welcome) alternative to traditional colors like white and gray. Don’t believe us? Paint color juggernauts Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams named tints of green as their top hues for 2022.
Interior designers have gone particularly wild for green kitchen cabinets—and it’s easy to see why, given the freshness the color evokes. Green is also mercifully easy to match with your existing finishes and fixtures, and a verdant coat on your cabinets is a surefire way to create a look that’s both trend-forward and classic. To kickstart some kitchen design inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite green kitchen cabinetry looks, from the softest of celeries to look-at-me emerald lacquer.
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This English kitchen may be in one of the most charming country houses we’ve ever seen, but owner and Toast CEO Suzie de Rohan Willner looked to the space’s continental cousins for inspo: “I wanted a very practical kitchen that suited the house but also reminded me of France,” she told us. And that resulted in the vivid green cabinets, painted in Farrow & Ball’s ultra-fresh Emerald.
This kitchen, designed by Tom Scheerer for a client on New York’s tony Upper East Side, proves that you don’t have to choose between a classic all-white kitchen or a trendy green one. Here, Scheerer incorporated a custom island painted in a bright pea green, a tint that’s picked up in the John Derian decoupaged trays on the wall and in the charming botanical wallpaper above the cabinets.
ELLE DECOR A-List designer Fabrizio Casiraghi doused this Paris apartment in a layer of glossy green lacquer. Follow suit by coating your kitchen cabinets in a high-shine finish.
This New York City brownstone features a predominantly all-white palette, but local design firm 2Michaels introduced color into the scheme with these dusty-green painted cabinetry (in Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Vogue, in case you were wondering). “It’s a warm and inviting atmosphere,” firm co-founder Joan Michaels told.
What makes this elegant Paris apartment extra striking? The green kitchen cabinets, of course! Designer Lorenzo Castillo painted the surfaces in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green and papered the walls in a complementary covering of his own design. A sky-blue ceiling lends the look an alfresco feel.
Brother-sister design duo Ramin and Pamela Shamshiri chose Farrow & Ball’s earthy Dyrehaven green for this laid-back kitchen in Southern California. White shiplap walls and pale timber floors keep the look organic and effortless.
A shocking shade of poison ivy green has been making the rounds lately, and we love this take on the trend, courtesy of David Netto. He tempered the lime cabinets above with stainless steel and blue-gray cabinets below.
Barely-There Green Cabinets
Pale jade green cabinetry accentuates the airy feel of this effortless Texas bungalow designed by architect Paul Lamb. Bonus: the tint echoes a subtle green palette that can be found throughout the home, including the tile that clads the exterior.
Blue-Green Kitchen Cabinets
If acid green isn’t quite your style, consider a deeper, moodier shade, like this deep green in the Hudson, New York, home belonging to the founders of Perifio.
Fashion designer Chris Benz coated his kitchen in the palest of greens, a move that feels fresh and timeless. Here and in the rest of the house, he opted for Farrow & Ball’s Teresa’s Green.
Green and Gold Storage
If you’re not ready to commit, paint a single zone of your kitchen in green. We love this scheme from Los Angeles firm LAUN. Instead of sticking with a single material, the firm specified stone and brass alongside the sleek lacquered storage volume.
An elegant, understated shade of green boosts this Connecticut kitchen’s style factor. Design by Rachel Reider Interiors.
In this kitchen by Maureen Stevens Design, mint green cabinets create an attractive contrast to the brass hardware and Moroccan handmade tiles.
Soft Lime Green Island
A soft green island, thanks to Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, offers a sense of balance to the pops of crisp white in this kitchen design scheme.
A windowless kitchen designed by Blythe Home benefits from deep olive green cabinetry.
Michele Plachter Design experimented with rich olive green cabinetry in this sophisticated kitchen featuring gold accents and mirrored subway tile.
In this Brazilian-inspired kitchen owned by the Bucket List family, bright green touches, including cabinetry and a patterned rug, serve as focal points.
Mallard Green Cabinets
In a kitchen from Haver & Skolnick Architects, Shaker-style cabinets in a mellow pistachio tone provide a cool complement to red vaulted walls.
In this farmhouse kitchen by Haver & Skolnick Architects, traditional paneled cabinets are washed with a slightly transparent rich sea green.
Shades of Citron Shelves
In this earthy Greek island home, the kitchen’s doors, window frames and custom cabinetry are all splashed with a custom green color that is reflected in accent pieces throughout the home. The kitchen countertops are poured concrete.
In a Malibu beach house belonging to designers Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes, the light green floor (painted in Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic) provides just enough contrast to the dark, glossy green cabinetry by SieMatic.
In a colorful, contemporary Houston home designed by J. Randall Powers, the kitchen’s lower custom cabinets are painted green in a strié effect.
Juniper Green Cabinets
Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan home, designed by Kelly Wearstler, features a show-stopping green and brass kitchen. The backsplash, counters and sink fittings are all unlacquered brass while then brass-trimmed cabinetry is lacquered in a custom color. The wood floors were treated with an ebony stain and then cerused.
This kitchen in a Manhattan apartment is swathed in Benjamin Moore’s Courtyard Green, which covers the cabinets, walls and table.
Sapling Green Cabinets
Punctuated by a glossy wooden countertop, a refreshing shade of green lends quiet charm to glass-fronted cabinets, accentuating the glassware and fine china displayed inside.
It may seem like an unusual choice for a kitchen, but the Benjamin Moore’s Bright Lime hue used in this cheery kitchen brightens and energizes upon first glance. Red accents pop against the green for a palette evocative of apple trees on a sunny summer day.
Amanda Seyfried’s cozy home in the Catskills, designed by Brooklyn-based firm General Assembly, is full of subtle, gentle color. The kitchen is defined by a geometric green backsplash and pale green cabinetry.
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