Looking for alternatives to a white kitchen? Why not try green? Here are some of my favorite green kitchens. And favorite green paint colors for a perfect green kitchen.
Three plus years ago, when I started planning Snowberry’s renovation, I envisioned another white kitchen. Our last two houses had white kitchens and I loved them.
But, somewhere during the design phase I had an epiphany. With all the white bead board and millwork I had planned, the house was going to be a whole lotta white. And then I came across a photo that inspired the idea for a green kitchen.
I was more than a little nervous to approach Jim with my green kitchen idea. He doesn’t really get involved in the design process, but he does have strong opinions about what he likes, and more importantly, what he does not like.
So, I created a presentation to sell him on the idea that started out with … ‘don’t say no right off the bat.’ Words certain to put him in the
right wrong frame of mind. To my surprise, and delight, he got on onboard right away. But I was so sure he’d be against it I kept on going. He gently reminded me that when someone says yes, stop talking.
While Jim loved the idea of a green kitchen, our cabinet maker did not. At first, he was thrilled to hear we were opting for color. ‘I’m so tired of doing white kitchens,’ he said. Then I showed him the color I had in mind and his eyebrows shot up. Was I sure he asked again and again? Yes, I was sure. But he remained skeptical and went to our general contractor. Does she know what she’s doing? Our GC, who had worked with me on another house, said, yes, she knows what she’s doing. Besides, she’s the client and that’s what she wants.
To be entirely honest, the cabinet maker’s concern did give me pause. But I plowed ahead. And he came around. After the cabinets were installed and he saw the finished product he said it was one of his favorite kitchens ever. So, all’s well that ends well. And, if YOU like it, it’s always right.
ITS SO EASY BEING GREEN – SNOWBERRY’S GREEN KITCHEN
I chose Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre for our kitchen. We used Farrow & Ball paint colors throughout the house, color matched by Benjamin Moore. You can read all about Snowberry’s paint colors here.
Cabinet Color: Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre
Images by Monica Vargas Photography
Fast forward three years and I’m still in love with our kitchen. I wouldn’t change a thing.
GREEN WITH ENVY – GREEN KITCHEN INSPIRATION
This is the kitchen, by Sarah Stacey Interior Design, that sparked my interest in and decision to create a green kitchen. The soft white countertops and classic subway tile are exactly what I wanted for Snowberry. While I’m not a fan of stained wood window frames or shutters, here I think they add warmth and it works.
Cabinet Color: Sherwin Williams Clary Sage
This Heidi Caillier Design kitchen may be my favorite green kitchen ever. The deep green cabinets paired with what appear to be soapstone countertops is so dramatic and moody. Swoon. I love soapstone and it’s one of the easiest natural stones to keep looking good.
Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Oil Cloth
This beautiful kitchen in Atherton, California by Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living is so spacious. There are those soapstone counters again. I’m all for a farm table in lieu of island. Looking at Tineke Triggs portfolio she seems to favor this design. And look at those gorgeous, brass pendants (similar here and here)! I’ve wasn’t been able to determine the cabinet color. It looks very similar to our Vert de Terre.
Louise Roe’s former country home (featured in Home & Garden UK) has the most charming galley kitchen. I love her narrow island with space to slide counter stools underneath. She designed it herself using extra floor boards from the house. Genius. I’d love to have an island like this … but her galley is probably a little wider than mine. I’ve measured over and over … and over … and don’t see a way to make even the slimmest island fit in our space. Also, it’s not very practical moving back and forth between range and sink. But who cares about practicality when it looks this good. I adore this simple, elegant kitchen with the requisite English country house Aga.
Cabinet Color: Sage Green by Little Greene
And then there’s a DeVol Kitchen. The drama of the dark green paint against the deep veining of the marble … talk about a statement kitchen. Did you see DeVol’s series, For the Love of Kitchens, on Magnolia Network? It’s so beautifully done. I’d love to have a DeVol kitchen in my future.
Cabinet & Wall Color: “A cross between emerald and racing green, the paint colour was made bespoke for the customer.”
This modern Mediterranean kitchen recently caught my eye. It’s by Jenna Sue Design Co. and you can read all about her DIY kitchen project here. The tile is stunning and I love how she took it up to the ceiling … and that hood! Aren’t the rattan counter stools great? They give off a very Serena & Lily vibe at a fraction of the price.
Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore October Mist
And, finally this beauty. (I could go on all day, but you probably have something better to do.) Another spectacular wide galley kitchen with what looks like a butlers pantry on the far side. Sadly I can’t find any information on this kitchen, aside from this image on the Content in a Cottage blog from back in April 2016 and pinned many times over on Pinterest. I love everything about it, from the color, to the wide floor boards to the lighting choices. Oh, and the cafe curtains at the far end.
If you know anything about this kitchen, please leave a comment. It’s just, well, it’s just sensational. It might be my favorite. I don’t know, I’m torn. They’re all beautiful green kitchens and I love each one.
Note ~ I think it goes without saying that paint colors vary dramatically in photographs depending on so many variables from camera, lighting, and editing. Always test paint colors in your space … preferably on all four walls. And look at it throughout the day and night as the light changes.
GREEN KITCHENS LEND THEMSELVES TO BRASS ACCENTS
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Favorite accessories from my green kitchen –
Did you know green is trending this year? Well, it has been for several years, but this year several major paint brands named green as their color of the year, including ~
Benjamin Moore Color of the Year
October Mist 1495
Sherwin Williams Color of the Year
Evergreen Fog 9130
These are some of my favorite green paint colors for a perfect green kitchen.
So there you have it, the allure of green kitchens.
Would you consider a green kitchen?
I’d love to know.
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Cheers from Snowberry!