While putting together the post about green paint colors for kitchen cabinets a couple of weeks ago, an idea struck me for my own kitchen that I can’t get off of my mind. . . What if I painted my white walls the same color as my emerald green cabinets? It took a little digging to come up with some examples but I’m leaning more and more toward this look.
Vivid Interior Design
So, here’s how it might work in my kitchen. . . I’d leave the center cabinets and island white–and of course, I’d still have the white tiled backsplash/wall. The rest of the walls would go emerald green and the wallpaper would come down. (I’ve had my feel of the pattern.) I’d probably start by leaving the trim white (so that I’m not fully committed if this is a disaster) and I’m unsure about the door going out to our garage. . .
I’ve gone back and forth about this whole idea several times in the last two weeks, but I will say that there is a gallon of green paint (Benjamin Moore’s Deep Jungle), a roller and an angled brush sitting on my dining table as I type this. . . What do you think about this look?
I love it! Can’t wait to see the finished walls!
I think it would tie all the open space together beautifully! I would start with the wallpaper wall and try it out for a few days if u r unsure. Have a kitchen disaster on my hands to reno soon I hope. Thx for the ideas!
Go for it, Emily!
Cindy Lyon says
Go for it! It’s only paint.
Love it. Love it.
I’ve been stewing on the same ideas for our powder bath using a color very similar to the Vivid Interior Design photo.
Can’t wait to see!
Lindsey S Kenny says
Cant wait! And I would totally paint the door!
Do it!! If it ain’t moving, paint it! (I know that’s supposed fo apply to monogramming, but I apply the same philosophy to painting!!)
Donna T says
I’d keep the wallpaper – it might look really good pulling white over to that wall. You might wait on the door and see – probably paint it out.
Debra A. says
Just had kitchen cabinets redone on Benjamin Moore Hush. Original plan from over 2 mos ago is painting entire open concept living area w/kitchen walls the same Hush. Will be completed in about another month.
Deidre Miles says
I’m doing some self-quarantine painting too. 😁Paint the door first to see how you like it (I think you will), and then move on the rest!
Next time i go into self quarantine im going to have a stash of paintbrushes…..got the paint, no brushes 😠
We ordered our Purdy paintbrushes from Amazon.
Order them on line!!
Katie degross says
I say go for it. I have seen it done in many offices but not kitchens. It’s always so striking. It’s one of those moments where your just scrolling through your feed and it stops you.
Absolutely paint. The door too. It will look fantastic.
I love the wallpaper, but whatever you decide your style is always top notch! Your kitchen is one of my favorites!! :)
I love this idea!! Take the leap, and paint the door while you’re at it!!!
Love the idea! A big YES!!!
Go for it!!!
Kimberly McIntosh says
Go for it! This is the perfect time to do it! Painting is so calming for me!!! Exciting too though for the fresh change ahead! I always love what you do!! It will look fabulous!
I think the all over green would look great…go for it!
Donna Good says
Do it! Dark walls have so much glamour!
I’m loving the idea… I’d live to live vicariously through your bold move😉.
If you have any hesitancy, just paint the door the same emerald green and it would add more color to the kitchen without the commitment of painting everything dark?
Debbie Dixon says
I love the wallpaper and the new paint will change its perspective in the room. I am thinking of taking doors off cabinets and painting all the inside a shiny green. It is time for change.
Yes! Do it!! It looks like you have lovely natural light and there would be a nice break with the white tile and white cabinets. It think it’s a brilliant idea!
Emily, First I thought No and then after studying your kitchen now I am a yes! You have all that white tile that will break up the room and still keep it light. It also seems from the pictures that you get a lot of light in your kitchen from the windows. I wouldn’t be able to do it it my kitchen as my kitchen faces North and we don’t get any light in the kitchen so mine is painted white and staying white. My cabinets are a light green and a creamy white. So go for it, if you don’t like it guess what you can do? Paint some more!!!
Definitely go for it Emily. I’m sure it will look stunning after looking at the photos you shared. Yes, green door.
Robbie zeller says
I think it will look dramatic and fantastic! You are such a brave soul!
Yes, yes, and yes! It’s going to be gorgeous~
Pamela Bartholomew says
Oh yeah! Paint it and the door!!! And what about those lovely counter stools (Charlotte Barnes picture) Drool….. sources say vintage, ugh, want them soo bad.
Absolutely go for it! It’s just paint! Can’t wait to see!!!
This would look beautiful. Paint it all including the door. Have been thinking of doing my office like this.
While I love white trim, to get the full effect, I think you need to paint the walls & trim Jungle Green. You could also just paint the wall where the cabinets are but, again, I feel like you want the full effect.
Go for it! It’s just paint….
What about a beige grass cloth on all the walls OR just the walls in the “keeping room” area? We have Thibaut Bankun Raffia in our house. Its beautiful and surprisingly vinyl so its cheaper AND has zero flaws after 3 years in the hallways despite kids who run their hands along it to make noise. And it’s wipeable. It could provide some nice texture but still keep your kitchen light. It would look great with a green door!
Jerry Adams says
That is god awful. I’m a contractor, and would never in a million years suggest this to even my worst enemy.
Emily! Never commented before, ever, and I give you two thumbs up. Color is totally your jam and you have the perfect eye to pull it off. Go big. Go big!
Emily Clark says
Thanks for coming out of hiding :)
Can’t wait to see the after pictures 😉
Christine Valutkevich says
Don’t do it!!! The eye needs a visual break! It’s also a very dark color. I think it will look heavy. And I love color and paint!! I’m almost always on board the Emily train but not this time!
elise fowler says
Ooohh, do it! I can’t see all of the transitions with your trim and how it connects to other rooms, but I think it usually looks right to paint out the trim as well. In other words, you may have to go the full Monty for it to achieve your goal?The door I think could go either way. I just had my bonus room painted a very dark green and left the trim white, but now I’ve decided to paint out the trim green as well. It’s creating contrast where I don’t want it. I get why you are done with the wallpaper, although I do love it. You’re wanting a whole new vibe in your kitchen! Get on this project so we can all live vicariously. Can’t wait to see it!
Emily Clark says
I think you’re right about the trim. I might do it in phases (walls first) to make sure I love it as much as I think I will….
Do it!!! I think I’d do the trim too to achieve your look :).
Jan Murdock says
I’d say GO FOR IT!! It’s only paint, right?
Teddee Grace says
I’m so glad green is back. I painted a guest bedroom walls this color back in the 70s but left the trim white and got twin comforters that were white with huge red and green flowers. I loved that room. Go for it!
Jo Ann Carpenter says
A lot of work for a ‘what if’. I would paint cardboard or poster board first to get an idea. Then attach to the cabinets, etc to try it out.
Jane of the Jungle says
Don’t question. Go with it.
I feel like you’re actually currently achieving the same thing with the white cabinets/white walls. Personally I love the green you chose as a “pop of color”… I feel like if you were to do everything green perhaps some a bit more neutral? (Granted, this is coming from someone’s whose living room is BM Great Barrington Green!!)
Michelle Ketterer says
I absolutely LOVE this design idea! It’s a simple way to update, contemporize, and enrich the look of homes, that don’t necessarily have the best cabinetry to begin with. I think it’s a good thing to try. If you’re fortunate enough to have lots of light, it’s even more cool. I love people who are not afraid of being innovative, and you may even be starting the next trend! Lol..
Don’t do it. I’ve survived forest green walls. Not a fun time. Smh.
Honestly I think that painting a unifying color like that takes away from the balance of the room, and lacks definition. I would personally change up the color even slightly to add that definition back into the space, so for instance, use the same color, darker on the cabinets, then cut the color down by 50%-75% for the walls and it would be enough to give that feeling of the same color without the flattening effect of having it all the same color. Just a thought.
Why would you do it any other way?
I’ve always wondered why people choose to chop up kitchens, when they usually have so many partial walls.
Susan hUbele says
I say paint everything except the island green, including the door, wall and trim. Then see how the wallpaper looks with that before you take it off. I think it would be a whole new look, and stunning! Can’t wait to see the “after”!!
Wow! I love it.
I think it would look great! And that pretty blue kitchen in your inspiration pics has a blue ceiling too. Could possibly be too much, but that sure looks good against the ceiling lights. I can’t wait to see what you do!
I love it! I would never come up with this idea on my own but after seeing it I’m in love!
Love your idea. It is way stylish. Do not hold back. Paint it all, trim door, wallpaper, gone. I would paint the island as well because I’m a whole hog person. But here is the caution. I think I would not like that much emerald green. I would tone it down quite a bit. The examples of the painted kitchens in my opinion used more muted tones. They wear better on the eye over time. Can hardly wait to see the results of whatever you decide. Good luck. No guts no glory. Ann
I think you should do it! With the white tile and the windows I think you can pull it off without being too dark. I did this in my kitchen and my entire main floor! However, my color is a warm white. My cabinets and trim were already this color and my walls had been Kendall charcoal. I loved it until I didn’t. I just needed lighter and brighter, the darkness was affecting my mood. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Just to pile on, a thousand times YES! Paint it all including the door!
Jennifer Reil says
That wall paper is one of my favorites! I’m sure whatever you decide will look great!
Libbi V. says
Ahh I love the wallpaper, but I get it if you’re had your fill of it. Excited to see how it turns out! I saw leave the door white :)
Amy Johnson says
Do it! My entire living room is a few blue from Sherwin Williams called Dark Night and we have a blue velvet sectional sofa from Interior Define in sapphire blue. We have painted the walls, the trim, the shutters, and the doors, and I’m even going to paint the ceiling! It’s so cozy and dramatic! I love it! Go for it! Can’t wait to see it!