String bean color green painted cabinets create a singular and unforgettable NY apartment kitchen.
Recently, I showed several food-green kitchens – lime, pea, green apple and mint. Green kitchen are very beautiful and their style can range from modern to cottage depending on the hue. This one is string bean color, done in an in-your-face hue by top New York designer Miles Redd. Red is known for loving vivid color and vivacious pattern. Here there’s no pattern, just a solid coordinated wall of color.
If this kitchen looks cramped, you’ve never lived in NYC. For a high rise apartment (note the view of the brick wall) kitchen quarters are very tight. Rather than try to go neutral, Redd cranked it with high-gloss, modernist cabinets with the color of green beans relieved only by stainless steel counters. Modern Italian cabinet lines, like Valcucine, makes glass cabinets in colors like this. But these were existing so Redd used Fine Paints of Europe “Bamboo Leaf” high gloss paint to create the lacquer effect. FPE high gloss is a favorite of mine and it’s incredibly durable, especially for interiors. Even the roller shade over the window (which hides an exhaust fan) and the refrigerator panel are matching. And a close look at the cooking space reveals a Wolf range, paneled SubZero and stylish gooseneck faucet with side sprayer at the integral sink.
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.