What do frogs, grasshoppers and aliens have in common? Apart from making lousy pets, they’re all gloriously green. And for kitchen cabinets that are out of this world, green has a lot to offer. Not the least of which is versatility.
By varying the shade of green and your choice of finish, your kitchen cabinets can serve as the star of the show or be part of a strong supporting cast. Though greens are generally classified as having either a warm yellow or cool blue tint, shades such as olive green feature a bit of both. As with any design decision, your choice should be based on the look and feel that you’re ultimately trying to achieve with your kitchen cabinets.
Calm, Cool and Collected
After a stressful day at the office, you might seek solace in a good book, a sappy movie or a fine wine. But what if you could derive the same benefit from your kitchen cabinets? It might sound farfetched, but green that sports a blue undertone can do just that.
If you’re creating a cottage or vintage theme, aqua or sea foam green will fit in beautifully. Paired with a white floor and accessories, it achieves a simple, homey effect for your workday unwinding, and a matching green backdrop to your kitchen cabinets serves to highlight white dishes and utensils.
For a more formal appearance that’s still cool and calming, select teal or forest green cabinets. When used in conjunction with dark wood floors and steel or copper accessories, the result is an interesting blend of rich and relaxed that will make your guests green with envy.
Warm, Welcoming and Wild (Sort of)
Regardless of your chosen style for the room, green kitchen cabinets with a yellow tint will infuse the space with warmth and energy. Let your imagination free and experiment with lime, citron or even chartreuse kitchen cabinets. You’ll achieve a one of a kind look that’s hard to match and tough to ignore.
Just be careful that you don’t get too much of a good thing. If your kitchen is overflowing with cabinetry, you should balance green lower kitchen cabinets with white or cream counterparts overhead. Subtle wood flooring and black granite countertops can also help keep the giddy green in check.
Upbeat and Down to Earth
If you prefer to use green kitchen cabinets as more of a backdrop for dramatic colors elsewhere in the room, a celery or olive tone may be the answer. They can both relax and recharge you at the same time, especially when framed by walls in light beige or countertops stained with dark wood. With that as your foundation, you can then play with a variety of fun colors such as golden yellow or bright orange.
For something truly different, combine soft shades of gray and green in your kitchen and add splashes of bright orange, such as with an area rug or stool cushion, to achieve a one-of-a-kind contrast.
It’s another example of how green kitchen cabinets can be all things to all people. You might even decide to vary your choice of green over time as your changing tastes and life circumstances dictate. Whatever the decorating challenge, green makes it just a bit easier to handle.
There’s a lot to decide in the course of remodeling your home. When it comes time to choose a color for your kitchen cabinets, however, you’d do well to make like an alien and get your green on. But for your next pet, get a hamster. They’re smaller, cuter and not bent on world domination.
Or so they would have us believe…