When we renovated our kitchen a few years ago, I remember thinking that I was making a bold move by painting some of our cabinets emerald green. I knew I wanted to bring in color but everything that I considered in the blue family felt too safe to me. So I took the plunge, committing to Deep Jungle (Benjamin Moore) and suddenly green kitchens (in all shades) seemed to start popping up everywhere I looked.
I’m fully on board for the return of color to the kitchen. And obviously, I’m partial to green because it works well with so many other elements (bright white, grays, wood textures, marble, blue and white pieces, brass accents, etc.). Whether you’re considering bringing color into your kitchen on the cabinets, doors, island or walls, you may want to consider one of these five shades.
EMERALD. Classically green. (Image via Better Homes & Gardens.)
COLORS TO TRY: Deep Jungle (Benjamin Moore), Lucky Green (Sherwin-Williams), Grasslands (Behr), Deep Green (Benjamin Moore)
PAIRS WELL WITH: Bright white, brass accents, golden wood tones and blue and white.
MINT. This light shade can easily go retro, depending on how you style it. I like how this kitchen keeps it more classic with casual barstools and brass pendants. (Image via Taylor Anne Interiors.)
COLORS TO TRY: Fresh Mint (Benjamin Moore), Mint Condition (Sherwin-Williams), A Mint Whisper (Valspar)
PAIRS WELL WITH: Navy and white, brass hardware and lighting, white tile, warm wood tones, black accents.
FOREST/DARK GREEN. Deep and moody. Paired with lots of natural textures and bright white, it feels modern instead of 1980s. (Image via Studio McGee.)
COLORS TO TRY: Hunt Club (Sherwin-Williams), Deep Forest Pine (Glidden), Hunter Green (Benjamin Moore), Dark Everglade (Behr Paint)
PAIRS WELL WITH: Natural textures, light wood tones, white accents, leather furniture, chrome hardware.
JADE. A blueish-green that can go very traditional but work just as well in a farmhouse style, depending on the finishes and accessories. (Image via Jaclyn Peters Design.)
COLORS TO TRY: Ionian (Sherwin-Williams), Geddy Verdigris (Benjamin Moore), Dark Jade (Behr Paint)
PAIRS WELL WITH: Matte black accents, natural wood tones, woven/rattan furniture, oriental rugs, white tile.
DARK SAGE. The darker end of this shade is traditional but with a modern twist, especially when paired with graphic black and white. (Image via The Makerista.)
COLORS TO TRY: Sage Green (Behr Paint), Sage Stem (Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines), Rocky River (Sherwin-Williams), Lush Sage (Valspar)
PAIRS WELL WITH: Black and white, warm wood tones, marble accents, black lacquer finishes.
Jennifer Reil says
Green has always been one of my favorite colors, but I only have a bit of it in one of my girls’ rooms now. I LOVE your kitchen though!
Deb glassford says
Loved this! I have been looking to spring when I can open windows and paint my kitchen. And green is the color. Seeing them here was very helpful
Amanda Krieger says
i LOVE your kitchen — in your reno post you said something about sharing more details on the layout. did you ever do that? i would love to see more layout specifics…
Emily Clark says
Yes–Here it is :)
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Nancy Ann says
I chose a grayed light sage paint over oak cabinets in my small apartment kitchen. So stylish and opens up the space. I will never tire of this refreshing redo.
Cynthia Francois says
My family thought that I was crazy when we redid our kitchen and I chose light mint for the walls and forest green trim. With toasted almond cabinets I absolutely love it!
Once finished even my family agrees that I made good choices
This roundup is so good with the coordinating elements to add to each one! Love it👏🏼
Love the green in your kitchen. Thinking seriously of doing my white cabinets in a shade of green or mushroom.