23 Green Kitchen Ideas (some photos look great and some not so great)
Here's a crazy collection of green kitchen ideas and designs. Some look really great but I have to be honest, some are no so great. Why would we include "not-so-great" designs? Because the point is to provide you a diverse selection of ideas so that you can figure out what you like and don't like.
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This is probably my favorite green kitchen example in this gallery. I love the British racing green which actually works well as a dominant interior color for cabinets. The inlays stand out nicely and enhance the design. Aside from the color scheme, the size of the kitchen is massive – like a small apartment. It includes a very cool bench dining area. The only thing I don’t care about this kitchen is the floor. I’m not big on tile. I believe a mid-tone hardwood would look much better. You?
I also like mint green for interiors but the mint green here is a bit bright and dominates the space. It doesn’t work all that great with the brown tile flooring either. If the floor were a much lighter wood – an almost white wood floor, the green would look good.
Here’s another gorgeous green kitchen. the green is so muted you hardly notice that it’s green. This is a great green concept for any room – it’s like a very light gray. The kitchen itself is nothing short of spectacular with white cabinetry, marble countertops, pot rack and rich wood flooring.
The green here is an accent color but would the kitchen would look much better if the cabinets were a much lighter wood. The contrast is too stark. This is a good example of what not to do with green.
The green here almost ventures toward neon green – not quite but it’s fairly bright. The thing is it kind of works. There’s no glaring contrast happening. The white cabinets soften the green. Even the black island kind of works – although I thinmk a white island would work better.
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Another example where the wood kitchen cabinets are too dark for the green so the contrast isn’t working well.
This is a kitchen with a green verging on to mustard yellow which isn’t that bad as it’s almost an earth tone that works with well with wood and white.
The blue-green in this kitchen is a bad choice. Nothing works here. The walls should be white in order to handle that deep, dark wood on all the cabinetry.
This is a green farmhouse kitchen design where all the cabinets are green but done in a distressed fashion so it works quite well with the type of cabinets and flooring.
Overall this kitchen in green works. There’s nothing jarring about it, but if I were to invest that kind of money into those cabinets, I wouldn’t go with green.
This luxury kitchen in green and white is an outstanding example of how to properly tie green into a kitchen – notice that there is a lot of white color throughout that tempers the green. I think this is a brilliant color scheme for a kitchen that really stands out.
Here’s an old traditional kitchen design with light green cabinetry that looks okay with the light wood countertops. There’s an old vintage oven and range. The red tile flooring isn’t so good though – the floor would be much better if natural wood.
This is a loft apartment with a single line kitchen featuring a solid green wall which works pretty well. Again, all the white offset the green nicely.
Here’s our featured green kitchen that’s luxury in size, features and design. The ornate green cabinetry works well and is tempered by two natural wood island and a white ceiling.
Stunning luxury cavernous kitchen with a barrel vault ceiling and dark green cabinetry. There is so much brown – brown tile flooring and brown brick ceiling along with a rich dark island and kitchen table that the dark green doesn’t dominate but instead serves as an accent color.
Not much to like or say here other than this green simply doesn’t work in this modern kitchen.
Here’s an ultra modern kitchen with a neon green that works well. It’s definitely a unique design and color scheme, but the glossy modern cabinetry looks good in a bright green like this.
I included this example to show you that you can opt to add splashes of green via stools or kitchen chairs which can be very effective in an otherwise all-white kitchen.
I’m on the fence here. I don’t mind the green. I like the kitchen design for the small space. I think there’s too much of the green – if the end cabinets were white, it would lessen the overbearing effect of the green.
Another example of neon green cabinets – this time combined with glossy wood grain modern cabinetry that actually works. The flower backsplash definitely doesn’t work.
About green kitchens
Green can be an excellent color to introduce into your new kitchen design, but it can also be a bit challenging to find complementary pieces because of green’s position on the color wheel. Whether you’re looking for a beach-house aesthetic or a more serious stately dining room, green has a lot of possibilities if you’re willing to work to make them look good.
In our survey of kitchens, green was one of the rarer color themes, with only 1.29% of kitchens featuring the color. In our view, you need two general ideas to make green work in your kitchen: taking cues from nature, and sticking to a unified aesthetic.
Take Cues From Nature
Think about the shades of green and the mix of greens that you’ll be using when putting together your kitchen. Especially for the natural use of the color green, the following things are important:
Make sure that objects’ textures match their hue
Work with your natural light sources to accentuate brighter colors
Avoid dark and matte greens unless you have a strong top-down, artificial light
In nature, we see greens flourishing near browns like wood and other shades of green. Try to pair lighter shades of green like lime with slightly darker shades of brown or beige, just like you’d see in a bamboo tree.
Don’t forget; you can do even more than taking cues from nature: you can steal some of the nature, and put it right into your kitchen! A green-themed kitchen can often get even perkier with the inclusion of a few houseplants, though the exact plant that you pick will need to vary with your exact kitchen.
Stick To A Unified Aesthetic
It’s easy to get distracted when you’re planning out a green-themed kitchen. Often, it helps to remember that the color of your cabinets and the color of your countertops are going to be the biggest ways that you express your chosen color in your kitchen’s design.
As mentioned earlier, darker greens are more challenging to work with, so if you choose to use them, maybe try using them in a less dominant position, like as a cabinet interior instead of an exterior. Don’t worry about going too wild with the lighter greens—often a teal colored floor tiling can complement green cabinets or countertops rather than take away from it thanks to the wonderful way that light can reflect off of the surfaces.
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