Calling It: Olive Green Kitchens Will Be Everywhere in 2020

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Who would have thought that one of the kitchen color ideas we're lusting after most for 2020 would be inspired by the savory fruits of olive oil? Yep, that's right, we've fallen hard for the subdued shade of olive green. With undeniable appeal — it can both tone down or jazz up a space — this color draws inspiration from the outside world, mimicking the rich greenery found in nature (and in our appetizers). Here are eight olive green kitchen ideas that will convince you to jump on the bandwagon, too.

1. Go for the classic look.

A kitchen island would normally be the focal point of a kitchen, but the olive green cabinets in this classic setting are definitely stealing the show. The traditional Shaker style built-ins have been given a modern update thanks to the Mediterranean hue, alongside brass handles, oak details and clean, white countertops.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Fatigue Green

2. Focus on the walls.

Olive is the perfect backdrop for a rustic space and this Italian-themed kitchen by Gemma of Wauttle and Daub Interiors is an example of how to do it right. Olive paint has been used as a contrast to the cabinetry painted in Sulking Room Pink by Farrow & Ball, and wood shelves have been hung to display ceramics and copper pots and pans. We're lusting after a weekend in the country just looking at it.

Get the look: Little Greene Sage Green

3. Embrace gold accents.

Brass and gold fixtures are a brilliant way to take an olive green kitchen to the next level of luxury — there's just something about this combination that works. The gold faucet, cabinet hardware, and wall sconce backplates in this Shaker kitchen catch the light and bring an extra bit of glam to the clean white walls and concrete floor.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Dark Olive

4. Add even more color.

If you're after a vibrant pop of color, olive green is still an ideal choice. It might not seem like it, but the shade genuinely works quite well with brights! Take this retro kitchen by Whinnie Williams of interiors brand Poodle & Blonde as inspo — the duck egg blue backsplash and walls really bring out the green lower cabinets, making this kitchen a room to remember.

Get the look: Farrow & Ball Bancha

5. Keep the kitchen light.

Did you get the memo that olive green is the new dark blue in kitchens? We've seen this classic industrial-farmhouse look countless times, but the incorporation of strong olive green bevelled cabinetry has given it a new lease on life. Plus, we love how the wooden accents and cozy rug work together to create a warm and inviting vibe.

Get the look: Haymes Paint Bay Berry

6. Or, paint it all dark.

"Welcome to the dark side" came to mind when we discovered this decadent dark olive green kitchen designed by Naked Kitchens. Turns out the tone-on-tone look is our new favorite thing, but we love the way this space has been broken up with a bronze backsplash. Its metallic finish reflects light around the space, enhancing every detail, even down to the bronze inlay of the cutout cabinet pulls.

Get the look: Bauwerk Colour Samphire

7. Pair it with pink.

Whoever said pink and green shouldn't go together wasn't looking at the right shades, in our opinion. This kitchenette by Dabito of Old Brand New has combined a peach wall with a patterned backsplash and olive cabinetry, and the final result is a visual treat.

Get the look: Behr Fig Tree

8. Only add a dash.

Not quite ready for an olive green kitchen design? Follow the lead of this small cook space by Juniper Home, which showcases just a hint of the rich color. The predominantly white space has been given a touch of color thanks to olive green cabinets, while the remainder of the space is kept as simple as possible.

Get the look: Pratt & Lambert Sierra Night


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.

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