Various Degrees of Green Kitchens

green kitchens - pea-green gingham ceiling kitchen by Mendelson Group via Atticmag
Five green kitchens show ways to use various shades of the color green to create a lasting impression.

Mr. Shops walked behind me as I was starting to write this post. “Oh, I’m not sure I could take that kitchen for very long,” he said looking at the green and white checks. My thoughts exactly. While chic, the pea-green gingham canvas ceiling treatment is too energetic for most owners. It immediately reminded me of the Celery Striped Classic Bedroom I featured last year. While the bedroom palette is soothing, the kitchen pattern — along with the color matched island — adds visual excitement and more stimulus than many appetites need.

green kitchens - bright green subway tile counter to ceiling backsplash - Style at Home via AtticmagGreen is used as a wall color  in this kitchen with to-the-ceiling subway backsplash tile we included in our Spinach Eurosplash Kitchen.  Notice all other surfaces, including the floor, are white. The only hint of another color is a touch of orange on the dishtowel. Crisp and clean, but leaves me cold.

green kitchens - green sink console with open storage shelf below - This Old House via AtticmagThe first two choices are a commitment to green (not inexpensive to remove and replace) while this kitchen flirts with green tones.  The console sink cabinet and walls can easily be repainted. Notice a third shade of green was used as an accent on the cabinet above the range hood.

green kitchens - green painted beadboard kitchen cabinets with yellow walls - via AtticmagThe green kitchens idea can be taken  further with painted green cabinets. This country cottage kitchen’s beadboard cabinets and unique open storage corner shelf standout against the bright yellow walls.  Pine flooring and plank ceiling help tone it down a bit.

green kitchens - pale gra6-green mosaic tile backsplash kitchen with pale green and gray cabinets - Desire to Inspire via AtticmagGo big or go home with green walls, tile and cabinets.  The trick is keeping it monochromatic.  Using multiple textures maintains unity while creating character. This one is quite a contrast to the gingham ceiling kitchen.

If you like the green sink base cabinet, be sure to see a similar cabinet posted in Christmas Color Kitchens.

(Sources: House Beautiful, Style at Home, This Old House,, Desire to Inspire)

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5 Responses to Various Degrees of Green Kitchens

  1. RHome410 December 14, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    At least you didn’t choose the same color!

    I love the green sink cabinet and the way the green is used on that piece and in that kitchen. I really welcome the wood tones there. Also, the more muted, all-over green of the last one is nice and calm.

    When the first pic loaded, the island didn’t show for a bit and the ceiling was easier to take. Seeing both, though, was too much for me.

    I could love kitchen #2 with wood countertops…

  2. Allison December 14, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    That would have been funny!

    I thought the same thing with in the second kitchen – wood floors, wood counters. Warm up the place. It is a pretty kitchen, if you don’t have children or pets… maybe not even a husband, it could stay clean.

    Love the lines on the sink piece. Not too crazy about the wood cabinets – look too new compared to the rest that we can see. I would like to see full pictures of this kitchen.

  3. deva December 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    LOVE the green subway tile!

  4. mbwife December 16, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Wow! It’s funny how in your face the first couple green pictures looked. I liked the third and last kitchens, however, I am worried now, am I becoming a conservative color aficionado? Shudder.


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