These 7 Verdant Paint Colors Are Tempting Us to Satisfy Our Green Kitchen Craving

Sorry, Kermit, but we're going to have to disagree with you: It's very easy being green — especially when it comes to your kitchen. In case you didn't get the memo, your culinary space is a lot more than a place to uncork a bottle of wine or heat up last night's leftovers. It's where your family and friends come together for dinner parties, family meals, or casual nights in. Simply put, it's the heart (and, yes, the stomach) of your home. And what better color to paint your walls, cabinets, or island than a hue that is often associated with renewal and growth?

But if you've ever sifted through paint swatches before, you know that one shade of green does not fit all. Every hue features different undertones and nuances that can completely transform the mood of your kitchen. So to make it easy on you, here are seven paint colors that will result in the picture-perfect green kitchen you've been dreaming of.

green kitchen cabinets with patterned floor tile an white walls
credit: Studio McGee

Without a doubt, the rich emerald green used by Shea from Studio McGee is not for interior wallflowers. But if you're looking to turn your kitchen into a bonafide design moment, pack on the fun by pairing this jewel tone with gold hardware and a patterned tile floor. After all, more is more.

green kitchen cabinets with green backsplash and area rug
credit: Studio McGee

Most people can't think of the color green without envisioning lush forests and beautiful plants, so why not design your green kitchen with the great outdoors in mind? The color used in this Studio McGee project looks like it was pulled straight from the backyard. Mother Nature would be proud.

At first glance, you might think that the cabinets in this green kitchen designed by Amber Lewis are gray. But in reality they're a dark sage, which is perfect for anyone who traditionally steers away from bright colors. And thanks to the marble backsplash, wooden shelving, and brass hardware, this deep hue acts as a neutral.

Want to flex your DIY muscles without embarking on a messy paint job? You might want to consider investing in green-colored cabinets like Kristina and Diana from Kreswell Interiors did in this chic kitchen. An ideal option for anyone who really loves the color green and doesn't want to worry about any unwanted streaks or chips as you revive your space.

As interior designer Amy Sklar proves, you don't need a bright, bold hue to make a statement. The light mint she used in this green kitchen adds a subtle pop that contrasts against the white farmhouse sink and countertops without commanding too much attention. The result? A laidback, California-cool cook space.

Torn between blue and green? Strike a happy medium with a saturated teal, which packs a punch without overwhelming your space. With blue and gray undertones, this hue offers plenty of depth and looks great from every angle. Let Emily Henderson show you how it's done.

You can never go wrong by coating your cabinets in a clean forest green. Teetering nicely between subtle and statement, this hue employed by designer Jaclyn Peters is pigmented but not as bright as, say, lime or mint. Swoon!


Kelsey Mulvey

Kelsey Mulvey

Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance writer and editor living. Her work has been featured in Lonny, Apartment Therapy, Wallpaper*, and more.