15 Green Kitchen Cabinets That Aren’t All Sage
Moss, emerald, mint, and more ahead.
Updated Jan 23, 2023 3:42 PM
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We like to think whoever came up with the expression green with envy was talking about kitchen cabinets. Whether it’s a rich shade of emerald, a warm sage, or a restful moss, the color instantly brings zen vibes to a bustling room.
Even if you already have some go-to shades in mind, it can get a little overwhelming when the time comes to head out to the hardware store. To help, we rounded up our all-time favorite green kitchen cabinets, because a healthy dose of inspiration (and a little jealousy) might be just the kick you need to get started.
The One With Curve Appeal
There was a bit of charm missing from vintage seller Melissa Cattaneo Fontaine’s Colonial in the Atlanta suburbs, but with some reimagining of the cabinets and island, the transformation began. It started with custom door fronts and a lick of paint, then, to match her classic sensibilities, she added a scalloped hood over the range—but in brass to give it a bold finish.
The Color-Theory One
This London-based couple always knew they wanted to go with green kitchen cabinets, though they were originally leaning into a paler, yellowish laminate. When Pluck founder George Glaiser came on board, he nudged them toward a shade with gray undertones. He paired it with peachy pink skirting for a tried-and-true contrast. “They sit on opposite ends of the color wheel,” says Glaiser. “That’s why the combination works.”
The One That Plays Hide-and-Seek
From a certain angle, you wouldn’t even know this home in the U.K. had pea-colored cabinetry. The shade, from John Lewis of Hungerford‘s Shaker-style line, peeks out from the waterfall edges of these marble counters.
The One Where Old Meets New
It’s a no-brainer why this shade made it into Benjamin Moore’s historic color collection. The grayish hue is timeless and traditional, something you’d find in the English countryside. For an updated twist, Studio McGee paired the color with matte black hardware.
The One With a Dramatic Duo
The only thing sleeker than these superdark cabinets is a soapstone countertop. Jaclyn Peters pulled off the winning combo on a budget in this Winnipeg, Canada, home by opting for a 6-inch backsplash.
The One With Tight Corners
Your small space can handle a rich hue—the key is practicing restraint. First-time homeowner Brynn Harlock maintained a bright and airy vibe by painting her uppers white and the lower ones mossy.
The Shaker-Style One
Stepping away from her go-to blues, Emily Henderson went with a sophisticated option with lots of gray undertones from Sherwin-Williams in this Portland, Oregon, house. To amp up the character, the designer splurged on inset Shaker-style cabinets that cost around $25,000 to build and install.
The Art Deco–Inspired One
Jessica Brigham was on a mission to restore her kitchen’s 1930s spunk as part of the One Room Challenge. Jewel-tone cabinets and glitzy globe light fixtures accomplish just that.
The Teeny-Tiny One
Dabito’s guesthouse kitchenette features just four 24-inch Shaker cabinets from Overstock (the same place he scored the Moroccan cement tile). He painted them with Behr’s Fig Tree in a satin finish, then added pink walls and a graphic backsplash to turn what would otherwise be considered a serious color into a fun statement.
The One That’s Minty Fresh
There’s nothing childish about this candy-colored space. Designer Lauren Bug chose the playful hue when she realized green kitchen cabinets suited the walnut-wood floors better than the pale blue she had originally been considering.
The Farmhouse One
The addition of glass doors can elevate standard millwork to star status. Jaclyn Peters mastered the new-school rustic look with the addition of a vintage rug and industrial drawer pulls.
The British One
Designer Laura Stephens went old school in this London galley kitchen by swathing the cupboards in a rich mustardy shade and covering the walls in tongue-and-groove paneling that can withstand dampness and changes in temperature.
The ’70s One
Tara Marshall and Meghan Bannon of Fort Architecture leaned into this maple leaf–shaped Canada home’s retro feel. They sourced teak for the integrated paneled refrigerator and upper shelving to blend with the existing wood throughout the house, and painted the new lowers an olive hue that “feels contemporary but nostalgic at the same time.”
The One That’s a Bit Beige
After replacing this space’s stylized cabinet fronts with slab doors, designer Natalie Myers painted everything Berkshire Beige by Benjamin Moore, a pale green-gray that skews sage depending on the time of day.
The One That’s Almost Yellow
Lourdes Hernández’s pastel cabinets read retro— not nursery—next to her Smeg refrigerator and multitone ceramic pendant lamps. So what are you waiting for? You’ve got the green light.
This story was originally published in January 2020. It has since been updated.