31 Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas from Sage to Olive

By Interior Designer, TRACY SVENDSEN | Published on May 06, 2022 | Updated on June 20, 2024 |

Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas: When it comes to kitchen design, we’ve seen it all – from all-white minimalism to bold and bright color schemes. However, a new trend is taking the interior design world by storm: green kitchen cabinets. Not only do these cabinets bring a fresh, natural vibe to any kitchen, but they also provide a sense of calm and serenity that’s perfect for the heart of the home.

Whether you’re looking to completely overhaul your kitchen or update a few key elements, incorporating green cabinets is a great way to get in on the latest trend while adding a touch of sophistication and elegance to your space. 

This article explores some of the most stylish and trendy green cabinet ideas to inspire your next kitchen renovation. The following green kitchen ideas cover everything from light to dark green cabinets. Feature image courtesy of Tiffany Leigh Design.

Sage Green Kitchen Cabinets

Sage Green Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Kesley Leigh Design

Why Choose Green Kitchen Cabinets

Green cabinets have gained popularity in kitchen design as they embody warmth, rejuvenation, and renewal. “Green is a perennial favorite, but the palette has come to the forefront over the last two years,” says Patrick O’Donnell, international brand ambassador for Farrow & Ball. “This relationship has been heightened recently due to perceived benefits of how we respond to the palette, which, in the right shade, can be ultimately restful and calming.” Green is also surprisingly easy to work with, as it pairs perfectly with many other colors.

“If you’ve spent any time browsing Instagram and Pinterest recently, you’d have noticed that green kitchens are the in-thing right now. But why are green kitchens so popular? Nature has always been a significant source of inspiration for interior design. Nature-inspired colors create soothing, natural-looking spaces that households can’t get enough of. Green is synonymous with nature, making it the perfect choice for a nature-inspired kitchen. Green kitchen cabinets are also incredibly versatile, suiting modern and traditional kitchen styles. What’s more, green kitchen cabinets blend well with an array of different colors and materials, giving you the flexibility to create the perfect look for you.” – Master Class Kitchens

Pairing Green & Wood Cabinets

Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas 
Image courtesy of Architectural Digest

2. The Benefits of Green Kitchen Cabinets

Green cabinets have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for a good reason. Not only do they add a touch of natural beauty to any kitchen, but they also bring a sense of calm and tranquility to the space. 

The color green is soothing and easy on the eyes, making it the perfect color for a room where you spend a lot of time. Plus, green is associated with growth and renewal, making it a great choice to use in a space where you prepare and enjoy food. 

Another advantage of green kitchen cabinets is their versatility. Whether you’re going for a modern or traditional look, a shade of green will work for your kitchen. From pale mint greens to deep forest greens, there’s a wide range of colors. 

And if you’re worried about the color being too bold, you can always opt for a muted or pastel green. Finally, green kitchen cabinets are a great way to bring a pop of color to your kitchen without being too overwhelming. While bold colors like red or orange can be difficult to work with, green is a more neutral color that can be paired with various other colors and design elements.

Green Kitchen Cabinetry

Country Kitchen with Green Cabinetry
Image courtesy of Architectural Digest

3. Different Shades of Green for Kitchen Cabinets

When choosing the right shade of green for your kitchen cabinets, there are a few things to consider. First, think about the overall style of your kitchen. If you have a traditional kitchen with warm wood tones, opt for a darker green, such as hunter or forest green. If you have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and clean lines, a paler green, such as mint or sage, may be a better choice.

Another factor to consider is the amount of natural light in your kitchen. If you have a lot of natural light, you can get away with a darker shade of green, as the light will help balance the color. However, if your kitchen is darker, you may opt for a paler green to help brighten the space.

Finally, consider the other colors in your kitchen. If you have a lot of warm colors, such as red or orange, you may opt for a cooler shade of green, such as mint or seafoam. On the other hand, if you have a lot of cool colors, such as blues or grays, you may prefer a warmer shade of green, such as olive or sage.

Different Shades of Green for Kitchen Cabinets

Different Shades of Green for Kitchen Cabinets
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4. Gray-Green & Light Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Consider grey-green kitchen cabinets if you want a unique and stylish option. The lower cabinets in the kitchen below are custom-stained with rift-cut oak and designed by Flemming Interiors.

The upper cabinets are painted in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore. “Because there are 30 feet of cabinetry on one wall alone, we wanted cabinetry that was still light and bright but felt warm,” says Flemming, “we achieved this by incorporating wood tones with the gray upper cabinets and using a light-colored countertop and backsplash.” This beautiful kitchen has a marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern, a brushed metal range hood, brass pendants, and a custom metal range hood. 

Grey-Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
Grey-Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Light Gray-Green Kitchen Cabinets
Images courtesy of Flemming Interiors

5. Choose the Right Shade of Gray-Green 

Gray-green isn’t just one color; it’s a range of possibilities! This hue can adapt to any kitchen style, from light and airy to deep and moody. The key is to find the perfect shade that complements your overall vision.

Take a cue from a stunning kitchen designed by WINN Design. The cabinets are a soft gray-green, creating a subtle yet elegant contrast with the clean lines of the solid white countertops and backsplash tile.

To add a touch of warmth, they’ve incorporated brass and wood details – a masterclass in balancing cool and warm tones. This example perfectly demonstrates how the right gray-green shade can elevate your kitchen design.

Light Green Kitchen Cabinets

Pale Green Cabinets with Brass Hardware
Image courtesy of WINN Design

6. Pair with Complementary Colors 

Grey-green pairs well with various colors, allowing for versatility in design. Here are some color combinations that work well with grey-green:

White: Crisp white complements grey-green, creating a fresh and clean look. Use white for walls, countertops, or backsplashes to highlight the grey-green cabinets.

Gold or Brass: Adding metallic accents in gold or brass can bring warmth and elegance to the grey-green color scheme. Incorporate these accents through hardware, light fixtures, or decorative elements.

Natural Wood Tones: Pairing grey-green with natural wood tones creates a harmonious and organic feel. Wood flooring, furniture, or open shelving in warm wood tones can complement the coolness of grey-green.

Soft Neutrals: Soft neutrals like light grey, beige, or cream can create a calming and cohesive palette when combined with grey-green. These neutrals can be used for additional cabinetry, furnishings, or textiles.

Blush Pink or Soft Peach: Consider incorporating blush pink or soft peach accents for a touch of warmth and a hint of color. These subtle pastel shades can add a delicate contrast to the grey-green backdrop.

Light Green Kitchen Ideas

A Bright & Airy Kitchen with Light Green Cabinets & White Island
Image courtesy of Caitlin Flemming Design

This kitchen, designed by Caitlin Flemming, has a soft gray palette, well-placed greenery, and brushed brass accents throughout. The cabinet color is Pigeon by Farrow & Ball, which is named after the color of the bird often sighted around the London landscape. 

Light Green Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas

Green Bedboard Panels add a Touch of Color
Image courtesy of Kelsey Leigh

An elegant and serene kitchen with natural wood cabinets and island with a gray-green shiplap backsplash that brings the beauty of nature into the room. Although this kitchen does not have green cabinets, it shows the beautiful pairing of green tones with wood.

7. Add Texture for Visual Interest 

Consider adding texture to your grey-green cabinets to add visual interest. You could opt for a matte finish or choose a cabinet with a wood grain texture.

Incorporate materials with natural textures such as stone, brick, or wood for backsplashes, countertops, or accent walls. Introduce texture through textiles such as curtains, rugs, and seat cushions. Textured fabrics like linen or woven materials can soften the look of the kitchen and add a cozy appeal.

Pale Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Warm Wood Flooring, White Counter Tops & Pale Green Cabinets
Image courtesy of Jenn Feldman

The lighter tones in these kitchen cabinets, painted in  Castle Grey by Farrow & Ball, pair well with the white walls and the brass hardware.