Shamrock, pine and mint are hues that can add intensity to our cooking spaces.
Intense green – the color of envy – appears to be gaining on the more acidic yellow-greens shades we’ve been seeing over the last few years. Perhaps that’s a sign of new confidence about color or just a vagary of shifting tastes. But for me, intense color adds tremendous personality to an otherwise white kitchen [top] that’s elastic enough, stylewise, to put a very traditional Oriental rug on the floor, sandwich in a color and pattern that evokes the 1940s in the backsplash, and then go with ultra-modern Logico ceiling lights. This tile comes from Mosaic House, in New York City; the kitchen was designed by Katie Ridder.
Let’s just say wall-to-wall green is really gutsy even when it’s this muted. I do adore the color of this kitchen which reminds me of what happens to pine needles when branches fall from the tree and they lose some of their color. And while there’s a layer of busy added here, with leaded glass pattern in the upper cabinets and so many accessories, there’s much to be admired from the twin stone farm sinks to details like the pot rack, plate rack and open storage for copper pots that send the signal: serious cook lives here.
Being a self-described tile junkie, it should be no surprise that I’d go for fully tiled kitchen walls. And I love the clean modernism implied by the mint-green mini subway mosaics designer Celerie Kemble used here. Although the color is bold, the small-scale of the tiles helps the space feel airy and spacious. And, of course, the big plus is that these walls will never need painting.