Shocking pink is the newest “color of the year” but green can have as much impact.
Recently, I showed several food-green kitchens – lime, pea, green apple and mint. Here’s another one in an even bolder hue redone by top New York designer Miles Redd, who is known for loving vivid color.
Clearly, this is a cramped apartment kitchen and rather than try to go neutral, Redd cranked it with high-gloss, modernist cabinets the color of green beans (Valcucine makes glass cabinets in colors like this) — relieved only by stainless steel counters. Redd used Fine Paints of Europe “Bamboo Leaf” paint to create the lacquer effect. Even the roller shade over the window (which hides an exhaust fan) and the refrigerator panel are matching. It’s a serious cooking space — as evidenced by the pro-style range, paneled SubZero and stylish gooseneck faucet with side sprayer.
Taking a surround-sound approach to big color in a confined space is original, fun and infrequent. If I lived in this apartment I’d probably be chuckling over the high fun-quotient of standing inside a giant string bean every morning (it is tall and narrow after all) while I wait for the water to boil. I’d also need to brace myself for the inevitable tease that the jolly green giant had been the color consultant.