Bold Green Kitchens

shamrock green and white patterned tile in a white kitchenShamrock, 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.

kitchen with pine green cabinets and black soapstone farm sinksLet’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.

kitchen with walls tiled in mint-green mini subway mosaicBeing 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.

(Sources: laura casey interiors, pinterest/graceastrove, lonnymag)

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4 Responses to Bold Green Kitchens

  1. marthavila April 20, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. I had to scroll up and down, down and up, trying to decide which was my favorite. The 2nd one is a fantastic kitchen, but seems a little dreary with so little break from the green and black counters. I love what the copper, the wood plate rack, and white accessories do for it, and it’s an attractive green. Love the mini bricks of the 3rd… and the brightness of the first makes a wonderful feeling space and I’m crazy about that patterned tile!

  3. Beth April 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I think green is such a comforting color for decorating a home. The small tiles are definitely my favorite!

  4. Alexis Rubin April 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I love the bold green in the second photo! So beautiful, such a drastic change from the normal white or solid wood colors. It’s such a great contrast compared to everything else, yet all the colors work together!

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