Green Kitchen Cabinets
It is only fitting that green kitchen cabinets, which reflect the color of renewal and rebirth, should be dominant in the room of the home that's specifically designed to sustain life.
Framed Paper Napkins
Turn leftover cocktail napkins into art by taping them inside shadow box frames. Make a grid of the same pattern, or mix and match whatever colors you like most. 5" x 5" paper beverage napkins in, clockwise from top left, Chevron on Ice Kiwi, Lime Green Polka Dot, Limoncello Plaid and Quatrefoil Magenta, from $3 for a set of 16, platesandnapkins.com; Ribba 9" x 9" frame in white, $10 each, IKEA stores
Take your kitchen’s most-used fixture up a notch. Cassidy single handle pull-down kitchen faucet with Touch2O technology, from $570, deltafaucet.com for stores; Invite Contour hot water dispenser, $240, insinkerator.com for stores; Camerist pullout kitchen faucet in Spot Resist stainless, $410, moen.com for stores
Patterned Dish Towels
Hang these cheerful towels all around the kitchen. They’re too cute to hide in a drawer. Left to right, top to bottom: Kookaburra cotton towel, anthropologie.com; Paaryna cotton and linen towel, marimekko.com; Weights and Measures cotton towel, nowdesigns.net; Pyramids linen towel, poketo.com; Matilda cotton towel, nowdesigns.net; Elephants cotton towel, nowdesigns.net; Pehr Designs Poka cotton and linen towel, hudsonboston.com; Artichokes cotton towel, danicaimports.com; Del Sol cotton towel, tag2u.com; Weights and Measures cotton towel, nowdesigns.net
Just Stamp It
Using fabric ink, stamp basic dish towels with a kitchen-y design. Try alternating vertical and horizontal rows. Flour Sack cotton towel, $14 for a set of 4, westelm.com; Hero Arts Fork and Spoon 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" rubber stamp, $6.50, simonsaysstamp.com; VersaCraft ink pad in cerulean blue and spring green, $8.50 each, softexpressions.com
Pretty Pendant Lights
Swap your kitchen fixture for one with more oomph. Hang a trio of pendant lights in a row above an island or a rectangular table, or try a single one above a sink. Teardrop 7"-diameter glass pendant in aqua ombre, $199, shadesoflight.com; Meyda Tiffany Moravian Star 9"-diameter brass and glass pendant, $194.50, build.com; Cap and Globe 10"-diameter pendant in antique brass finish, $185, shadesoflight.com
These will keep you smiling even after you finish your coffee. Left to right, top to bottom: Esplanade porcelain mug, mikasa.com; Green Chevron ceramic mug, coton-colors.com; Confetti ironstone mug, pier1.com; Retro Sailor Floral Nautical Anchors ceramic mug, zazzle.com; Kate Spade New York Castle Peak stoneware mug in chili pepper, lenox.com; Colorful Starburst ceramic mug, rockscissorpaper.com; Rosanna Portico porcelain mug, laylagrayce.com; Triangles ceramic mug in purple, rockscissorpaper.com; Lauren Ralph Lauren Home Somerset Island Woven porcelain mug, macys.com
Jazzy Cookie Jars
Change the look of your counter faster than you can say "cookie." Katie Alice English Garden 7 3/4"H x 6 1/4"-diameter cookie tin, $20, pfaltzgraff.com; Bright Dot Happy Everything 8 1/2"H x 9"-diameter ceramic jar, $43, coton-colors.com; Owl 9 3/4"H x 7"-diameter ceramic jar, $40, pier1.com
Whether you want your kitchen to smell savory, sweet or like nothing at all, there’s a candle for that. Modern Naturals Citron Basil 8-ounce candle, $16.50, illumecandles.com; Blueberry Muffin 9-ounce candle, $15, chesapeakebaycandle.com; Home 7-ounce odor neutralizer soy candle, $16, freshwaveworks.com
Cutting Board Cuteness
Leave a nice chopping block out, and you'll (almost) be psyched to prep onions. Clockwise from top left: Texas 16" x 16 3/4" bamboo cutting board (all 50 states available), $48, aheirloom.com; USA Gastronomy 15 3/4" x 12" toughened glass board, $28, josephjoseph.com; Fred and Friends Say Cheese 11 3/4" x 7" cutting board, $30, amazon.com; Whip Stir Chop 15 3/4" x 12" toughened glass cutting board, $28, josephjoseph.com
Add a colorful crock to your counter. Clockwise from top: Enrico Casual Dining 7"H x 6"-diameter mango wood holder in avocado and dark brown lacquer, $19, wayfair.com; Paint Bucket 6"H x 5 1/2"-diameter ceramic holder in teal, $19, corekitchen.com for stores; Le Souk Ceramique Sabrine Design 8"H x 5"- diameter ceramic holder, $26.50, wayfair.com
Like bringing the heart of the outdoors into your home, green is everywhere—and finding a shade you will love for your kitchen cabinets is as simple as taking a look around wherever you happen to be standing. It is the vibrant color of limes, Granny Smith apples, grass and the leaves on trees; or the cool, calming subtlety of celery, jade, sage and mint; or the deep bold combination of warm and cools in the color of olives, cucumbers and avocados. The list of greens in nature is endless, and their complementary shades are as bountiful as nature itself.
To create a kitchen with green cabinets is to create a sense of calm, good health and good times in the most popular room in the house. Whether you decide on the cool, calming look of a subtle creamy green complemented by a white subway tile backsplash or the warm, deep, rich traditional opulence of olive green trimmed in a snowy "polar bear" white with dark-stained pine wood floors, green is universal and always welcome; it immediately puts any guest at ease. Conveying a natural organic look and feel, green creates a smooth transition between outdoor and indoor spaces, blending a kitchen loaded with plenty of windows and natural light with a connecting outside deck or even a small breakfast nook.
Mix up your color palette with the calming pale of celery on your kitchen cabinets and intersperse it with an unexpected deep violet or a candy apple red cabinet here and there for a touch of surprise. Turn a monochromatic sage into a daring and fun showpiece by adding a cabinet or two in a complementary rainbow of stripes. Apple green cabinets on top accented with white walls, white countertops and white bottom cabinets—and complemented by a shiny, high-gloss wooden floor painted the color of a light blue sea—gives your kitchen the bright airy feel of being at the ocean and boldly walking on water. Go retro with pale mint accented with stainless steel and Formica countertops and tables, or futuristic and modern with green cabinets and bright red accents. Pair your green with the warmth of yellows or the cool of blues, or a mixed combination of both.
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