36 Glamorous Spaces That Make the Case for Green Kitchen Cabinets

36 Glamorous Spaces That Make the Case for Green Kitchen Cabinets

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Christopher Stark

Olive Green Cabinets

a kitchen has an island with a marble surface and dark olive green cabinets, two alabaster globe pendants suspended by chains, marble backsplashes, stainless oven, sink with open shelving and glasses above
Tim Lenz

This deep green island and its matching cabinets (painted in Behr’s Russian Olive) set the scene in what our writer called the most “romantic eat-in kitchens south of 14th Street.” Homeowner and designer Augusta Hoffman tells us: “I’m still pushing myself to expand my colors! But it’s true, I do love green. I think of it almost as a neutral.” May the color-shy take note!


Green Lacquer Island

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Read McKendree

Just outside this Woodstock, New York, kitchen designed by White Webb are acres of “forever wild” forest. The designers wanted to bring nature’s magic into the cooking space too, so they created a luminous green mosaic backsplash and added a lacquered island to match. Its shiny texture reflects light and all of those woodsy views.


Spring Green Island

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Christopher Stark

When Nozawa first set eyes upon the kitchen in this recent Bay Area project, the entire space was painted in a dusty shade of blue. “As a result the space was dark and heavy feeling,” she tells us. The solution? To douse the space in white and paint the central island a fresh shade of green. And, in her view, you can never have too much of a good thing: “I’m working on a kitchen right now where all the bottom cabinets (and the island) are oak wood, and the upper cabinets will be a rich emerald green—but our countertops will be a very colorful green marble!”

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Electric Lime Cabinets

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Laure Joliet

This look may not be for the faint of heart, but it certainly suits the energy designer Leah Ring wanted to foster in her California desert retreat. Here in the kitchen, she painted the cabinets and island in a zippy shade of acid green—her favorite color—and selected floor tile and blue accents to take the look over the top. “It’s great for creative work,” she tells us. “But it’s so fun, it can be hard to concentrate.”


Emerald Cabinets

very green galley kitchen with brass fittings and a blue wood floor and gold backsplash
William Abranowicz

Jewelry-box textures and colors inspired ELLE DECOR A-List Titan Kelly Wearstler when she was designing a New York City pad for actor Cameron Diaz. And what better jewel than emerald for the kitchen? Here, the color got a Midas touch thanks to brass trim and a matching backsplash.


Farm Fresh Green

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Rachael Smith

This English kitchen may be in one of the most charming country houses we’ve ever seen, but owner and Toast CEO Suzie de Rohan Willner looked to the space’s continental cousins for inspo: “I wanted a very practical kitchen that suited the house but also reminded me of France,” she told us. And that resulted in the vivid green cabinets, painted in Farrow & Ball’s ultra-fresh Emerald.

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Green Island

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Francesco Lagnese

This kitchen, designed by Tom Scheerer for a client on New York’s tony Upper East Side, proves that you don’t have to choose between a classic all-white kitchen or a trendy green one. Here, Scheerer incorporated a custom island painted in a bright pea green, a tint that’s picked up in the John Derian decoupaged trays on the wall and in the charming botanical wallpaper above the cabinets.


Green Lacquer Cabinets

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Cerruti & Draime

ELLE DECOR A-List designer Fabrizio Casiraghi doused this Paris apartment in a layer of glossy green lacquer. Follow suit by coating your kitchen cabinets in a high-shine finish.


Dusty Green Cabinets

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Ty Cole

This New York City brownstone features a predominantly all-white palette, but local design firm 2Michaels introduced color into the scheme with these dusty-green painted cabinetry (in Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Vogue, in case you were wondering). “It’s a warm and inviting atmosphere,” firm co-founder Joan Michaels told.

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Classic Green Cabinets

kevin dumais tribeca mid century apartment
Eric Piasecki

What makes this elegant Paris apartment extra striking? The green kitchen cabinets, of course! Designer Lorenzo Castillo painted the surfaces in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green and papered the walls in a complementary covering of his own design. A sky-blue ceiling lends the look an alfresco feel.


Earthy Green Cabinets

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Stephen Kent Johnson

Brother-sister design duo Ramin and Pamela Shamshiri chose Farrow & Ball’s earthy Dyrehaven green for this laid-back kitchen in Southern California. White shiplap walls and pale timber floors keep the look organic and effortless.


Acid Green Cabinets

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Roger Davies

A shocking shade of poison ivy green has been making the rounds lately, and we love this take on the trend, courtesy of David Netto. He tempered the lime cabinets above with stainless steel and blue-gray cabinets below.

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Barely-There Green Cabinets

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Ryann Ford

Pale jade green cabinetry accentuates the airy feel of this effortless Texas bungalow designed by architect Paul Lamb. Bonus: the tint echoes a subtle green palette that can be found throughout the home, including the tile that clads the exterior.


Blue-Green Kitchen Cabinets

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Isabel Parra

If acid green isn’t quite your style, consider a deeper, moodier shade, like this deep green in the Hudson, New York, home belonging to the founders of Perifio.


Celery Green Cabinets

Kelly Marshall

Fashion designer Chris Benz coated his kitchen in the palest of greens, a move that feels fresh and timeless. Here and in the rest of the house, he opted for Farrow & Ball’s Teresa’s Green.

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Green and Gold Storage

green lacquered cube hold appliances next to an island in pink marble
Ye Rin Mok

If you’re not ready to commit, paint a single zone of your kitchen in green. We love this scheme from Los Angeles firm LAUN. Instead of sticking with a single material, the firm specified stone and brass alongside the sleek lacquered storage volume.


Layers of Green

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Douglas Friedman

Sage Green Cabinets

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Michael Partenio

An elegant, understated shade of green boosts this Connecticut kitchen’s style factor. Design by Rachel Reider Interiors.

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Mint Green Cabinets

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In this kitchen by Maureen Stevens Design, mint green cabinets create an attractive contrast to the brass hardware and Moroccan handmade tiles.


Soft Lime Green Island

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Benjamin Moore

A soft green island, thanks to Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, offers a sense of balance to the pops of crisp white in this kitchen design scheme.

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