Green Kitchen Paint Colors

Figure out the best green paint colors to use in kitchens.


Green can be both a calming and energizing color, and it's a great option for kitchens. But selecting the best green kitchen paint colors can be tricky.

Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

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Chic White

No matter what style you're trying to achieve in the kitchen, you can't go wrong with open shelving and framed artwork. Design by RMSer Biolau.

It's the New Black

Play up the contrast of white walls by painting kitchen cabinets black. By taking off the doors and adding inexpensive moldings, RMSer laylapalmer creates a sophisticated and versatile kitchen.

Add Comfort With Warm Beige

Warm beige adds a relaxed feel to this gourmet kitchen from the 2009 HGTV Dream Home. Paired with gray countertops and walls, the soothing cabinet color keeps the space charming instead of drab.

Go Bold With the Island

One of the hottest trends in kitchen cabinets is an island featuring a dramatic hue. Surrounding white cabinets set the scene, but an onyx island brings high style to this traditional kitchen. Design by RMSer myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.

Sophisticated Gray

Gray is a refined, classic shade, but it also evokes a more modern feel than its black counterpart. Designer David Stimmel chose a hand-applied painted sheen for these birch cabinets, which allows a hint of the natural wood grain to peek through the soft gray tone.

From: Dave Stimmel

Kid-Friendly Cabinets

Keep an eye on the kids while cooking dinner by integrating their playroom into the kitchen. Designer David Bromstad paints the lower cabinets with chalkboard paint for playtime, while the upper cabinets get a bold red treatment.

Mix It Up

Can't decide on one color for your cabinets? Paint the top and bottom cabinets different colors. Since blue and yellow are complementary hues, they're the perfect combination for this Old World kitchen. Design by Linda Adams.

If you're building a brand new kitchen, it'd be wise to select your cabinets, countertops, backsplash and appliances before searching for the best green paint colors. Once you've made those decisions, you can round out your color palette. If you're just repainting your kitchen, take note of what you already have in the room and consider those items when looking at paint swatches.

Green is a great way to bring the outdoors in, and it can make a kitchen feel fresh and airy. Cooler shades of green, such as mint or pistachio, work well in kitchens, especially with white and light wood accents. Mint Condition by Sherwin Williams, and Ball Green by Farrow and Ball are two excellent options. They both would look great with white or wooden cabinets and would really wake up a dark kitchen.

Lime green is another cool color that works well in kitchens. It can really wake up a dreary space and is a fun and playful shade for such an important room in your house. If your kitchen is small, consider using one of these shades on a door, your cabinets or just your ceiling.

If you prefer a darker shade of green, try a medium shade such as Green Apple by Martha Stewart or Spring Leaf by Benjamin Moore. Green Apple has a fun, retro feel and can add a quirky vibe to your kitchen. Spring Leaf feels very vibrant and alive and has a cheerful, energizing quality that would work well in a busy kitchen.

If you want something more dramatic in your kitchen, go with emerald green, the Pantone Color of the Year. Intense and striking, emerald green would pair well with white countertops, gray accents and stainless steel appliances. Benjamin Moore's Once Upon a Time would be a good option for your cabinets with white subway tiles or walls and a terra cotta floor. In his small New York City kitchen, interior designer Miles Redd chose to use emerald green in the entire space. He felt it put a modern spin on the room and made it feel cool and sparkling.

Whichever green kitchen paint color you go with, it's important to select a shade you're crazy about but won't get tired of. Think about resale value as well, since really unusual design choices might not resonate with potential buyers some day. If you're not sure you'll still love a color in a few years, try it out in your pantry or inside your cabinets. You'll still be able to see the shade in your kitchen, but it won't take center stage.

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