18 best green kitchen cabinet ideas

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A fresh coat of paint makes all the difference in your kitchen. When it comes to your cabinets, you might be tempted to stick with classic kitchen colors like white or gray, but there are so many other color schemes that can be incorporated into your room’s design. When done right, different shades of green—dark, light, or anywhere in between—appear as one neutral shade, making it a versatile hue with endless possibilities. Not sure where to start? Browse these Green kitchen cabinet ideas to see how this energizing palette can fully enliven your space.

Each hue welcomes a whole new look and feel: deep forest green brings just the right amount of mood, vibrant lime offers a bold contrast, and soft sage is subtle enough for small kitchens. You’ll find a stunning design to suit your kitchen’s modern, traditional, or rustic style, whether it’s a two-tone palette that leans heavily on drama, or a muted hue that plays well with the marble countertops, chic backsplash, and wood floating shelves already in your kitchen. Don’t stop at the paint, though: add new knobs and handles to give your painted cabinets a whole new look.


Go with an olive palette

Balance the warmth of olive drab cabinets with marble countertops, gleaming gold hardware, and white mosaic tile floors.


Play with different textures

Cover a wall with subway glass tiles to bring a few different shades of green into your space. Pull out one of the darker shades for the kitchen cabinet color to tie it all together.


create contrast

Give jewel-toned cabinetry the space to shine by outfitting the rest of the kitchen with contrasting tiles, flooring, and fixtures.


Make it light and bright

Light green can be just as neutral as white or gray in many ways. Take a note of this design and combine pale pistachio colored cabinets with concrete countertops and cream white backsplash tiles.


Bring green to the ceiling

Carry the color from floor to ceiling by painting cabinets, open shelves and walls in the same rich hue. Break it up with a touch of white, like a marble countertop or a cluster of pendant lights.


Balance it with white walls

Dark lemon kitchen cabinets make a statement as they are, but they’ll really pop against warm wood tones and bright whites.


Set sage against shiny tiles

Breathe new life into an older space (like Jacey Duprie’s 100-year-old kitchen shown here) by painting the cabinets a calming shade of green to complement the vintage elements. Glossy subway tiles and gold hardware give the space a modern flair.


Opt for two-tone cabinets

Brighten up a monochromatic kitchen by painting the wall units a bright yellow-green. Lay down a runner in the same color family to create a sense of harmony.


Tie in shades of blue

Go for the unexpected with turquoise cabinets. A hybrid of green and blue, this hue is just as versatile as other popular hues, including hunter, forest, or mint green.


Bring Chartreuse to the ceiling

Let Chartreuse be the accent color in your otherwise all-white kitchen. Use it to turn the island into a focal point, then wear it up to the ceiling with a matching gingham wallpaper.


Stick to Seamfoam everywhere

Liven up your kitchen with layers of sea foam, light blue and white. Mix in floral details and woven textures to emphasize the open and airy feel of the space.


Carve a colorful corner

If you’re not ready to go all green, start by painting a small section of your kitchen a muted mint. Keep everything else relatively neutral to really make an impact.


Paint a statement island

Emerald green pairs well with neutral colors—crisp white, dark gray, and rich black—making it perfect for an accent island.


Complement the traditional design

Washed-out sage is neutral and brings out its natural gray tones when paired with whitewashed brick or light-colored tile. Floating shelves made from reclaimed wood and sleek black appliances make for the perfect juxtaposition.


Add a splash of light green

Match the interior of the display cabinets to the kitchen island for a unified look. But if you don’t want to be too matching, choose different shades in the same color family – a darker island with lighter cabinets or vice versa.


Mix light and dark tones

Wardrobes in a blackened shade of green for added drama. Bring out the green undertones with a dimensional backsplash composed of subway tiles in a range of light and dark tones.


Incorporate earthy tones

Enjoy the cosiness and charm of the kitchen with moss green kitchen cabinets in front of terracotta tiles and planked walls.


Highlight vintage styles

Step back in time with a retro-inspired design, complete with bright mint green kitchen cabinets and black and white hexagonal shelves.

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