Forest green kitchens: the most popular colour right now

During the early editing stage of KBB magazine’s June issue, which is focused on colour, I began to wonder: what is the most popular kitchen shade right now?

Six years ago, when I first started out as features editor, it was navy – a colour that’s still a favourite among many homeowners. But was it still at the top spot? I decided to ask my contacts and conducted a poll to find out. Intrigued? Read on…

White and green cabinetry with nickel handles, green tiles above the range cooker and glass wall units.
Langdale kitchen in Harbour Grey and paint to order Hunter Green, from £6233, Symphony.

Drum roll please – with more than 100 kitchen designers and industry experts getting back to me, and with 55% of the vote, the new must-have colour is unassailable: green (as you’ve probably guessed by now).

But not just any green; a follow-up poll revealed that 42% of green kitchens that are being fitted right now are of the deep, forest variety. Coming in at joint second place are the more edgy olives and soothing sages.

Modern design with central island that features drawers, hob, and peninsula for dining.
Remo Modern kitchen in Regents Green and Carbon, from £12,000, Second Nature.
Open-plan space with green cabinetry and matching island, dark worksurfaces, built-in appliances, mirror splashback and wood dining table and bench.
Solva Shaker kitchen in Hunter Green, from £15,000, Masterclass Kitchens. Photography: Paul Craig.

Forest green kitchens

So, what is it about this specific green shade that is so alluring to homeowners? Josie Medved, design manager at Symphony Group and Laura Ashley Fitted Kitchens, explains, “Opting for a colour such as green, especially richer, darker greens, works for both classic and traditional schemes, as well as modern or more cutting-edge designs. A great way to bring the outside in, it creates a sense of calm, well-being and happiness.”

Colour drenched wall and base units with white worksurfaces and green open shelf.
Brooklands cabinet knob in Light Antique Brass, from £56.11, Croft.

This versatility also means it works perfectly with a variety of tones and textures – from statement brass handles to warm wood breakfast bars or chrome appliances. “One way to enhance the richness of green cabinets is by taking advantage of the current trend of lighter worktops,” suggests Cassie Jones, brand manager at Masterclass Kitchens. “Lighter worktops offset the depth of green, creating a balanced and visually appealing contrast that adds dimension to the space.”

It’s clear to see that incorporating forest green elements into your kitchen design offers endless opportunities for creativity without overwhelming the space.

Handleless kitchen cabinets with island clad in brass.
Coffee 1-Strip Multi-Layered Engineered European Oak from the Henley collection, £95.95 per sq m, Havwoods. Photography: Chris Snook.
Open-plan scheme with base and wall cabinets, with multi-functional island that has workspace for food preparation, a hob area for cooking, and seating for socialising.
This project by Openhaus Kitchens features Caesarstone‘s 5171 Arabetto quartz worktop, from £370 per sq m installed price. Photography: Philip A Bacon.
Forest green kitchen with open larder,  island with bar stools and sink area, and marble surfaces.
Roundhouse Urbo and Metro bespoke kitchen in Farrow & Ball’s Chine Green matt lacquer. Roundhouse kitchens start at £35,000.

However, “Be mindful of using darker colours in kitchens with limited natural light, as this might make a space feel smaller or more enclosed,” advises Ashleigh Hanwell, senior designer at Second Nature.

Whether you use a splash of this sought-after shade just on an island or colour-drench your entire room, you’ll have a kitchen that is equally stylish, sophisticated, and full of personality.

Dark green Shaker kitchen design with white chunky range cooker and matching hood, with white worktop and splashback with an open shelf.
Classic Deluxe 110cm dual fuel range cooker in white with brass trim, £3299, Rangemaster.

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