Green kitchens: from dark fir to light sage

Green kitchens are gorgeous: we’re talking emerald, mint, lime, sage and so much more. I love this fresh, natural colour in all its shades and tones. I’m even thinking about how I can include green in my own home renovation, so you can imagine my joy when I saw Manisha and Sumit’s green kitchen project (above). The cabinetry is so dreamy and on-trend it just had to be a KBB Magazine cover feature. Plus it’s gone straight onto my moodboard for when the time comes to plan my own kitchen.

Green kitchens are so on-trend right now. It’s fair to say that black and navy kitchens have been a hit in recent years, confirmed by my Instagram feed, and probably yours too. But if you’re after something a little bit different, it seems that anything from dark fir to sage green could be the current trend.

However, you can use green in the kitchen in many ways. It’s dramatic and luxurious in its darker iterations, but modern and bright in its paler shades. So I’ve collated a look book here to inspire you.

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Firstly: this kitchen, by Terence Ball Kitchens, is a beautiful shade of moss green.

Sage paired with wood

Sage green will work perfectly for a timeless and classic look, such as in this kitchen from Laura Ashley. And it’s best to complement it with natural tones – for instance, I love this colour paired with natural wooden worktops and flooring.

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Secondly: Whitby classic furniture, painted in Atlantic Green, from the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection by Symphony features traditional peg rails for mugs and a generously sized island with labelled drawers. Symphony’s Whitby kitchens are priced from £22,000.

More serious renovation inspo

Mix and match textures and colours and pair with vintage furniture for a modern-eclectic look. This stand-out concrete-topped island in raw plywood complements the dark green cabinetry beautifully.

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Thirdly, we have this bespoke design by The Main Company featuring a dark green painted run of cabinetry. Kitchens from The Main Company start from £25,000.

This cleverly designed larder cupboard is perfect for a more compact space. The moss shade on the tall cabinets with the wood tones creates a really natural and calming feel.

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This single-door larder from Pluck is shown in Brockwell Moss and sweet chestnut. Pluck kitchens start from £10,000.
This olive green design from Used Kitchen Exchange is so lush and well-preserved, you can’t tell it’s pre-loved.
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A linear sage kitchen by Harvey Jones.
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A dark olive island and splash back featuring Verde Gauguin granite, priced at £790 per sq m,
Cullifords.
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Valore Smooth Fjord and Valore Graphite Denver Oak kitchen by BA.

For a contemporary take on a classic kitchen try using two tones. The mint green on this island contrasts perfectly with the deeper tones of the cabinetry, brightening and lifting the kitchen while also making a statement.

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This kitchen from Brookmans by Smallbone’s K1 collection features MFC fronts, ash frames and dovetail joints. The K1 kitchen starts from £25,000.

Yet more green kitchen inspo

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Holkham furniture, starting from £50,000, Davonport. So modern yet also traditional.
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Slab kitchen in Fjord Green, from £16,500, Trend.
This storage system goes so well with this green kitchen: String Freestanding Galvanized Outdoor system, from £148, String Furniture Cabinet with flip door in Oak, £367, String Furniture.

The owner of this Second Nature L-shaped shaker has gone all out green, starting on the cabinetry then continuing the colour onto the walls. Because this is broken up with the light marble splash back and worktop, it really makes a statement.

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A simple shaker with a painted finish from Second Nature’s Fitzroy in Copse Green and priced from £10,000.
Renzo Hunter green kitchen in charred Japanese wood and character oak tobacco, price on request, Daval.

If you love dark green kitchens, then here are even more

Simple moody green cabinets, mixed with terrazzo tiles and black-framed glazing, help create a traditional but still contemporary look.

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Davonport’s Shoreditch kitchen; prices start from £35,000.
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Chelford Fir green kitchen from Howdens, available via your kitchen fitter.
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New Fenix Green super matt finish kitchen by Rotpunkt.
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Sustainable Rathlin kitchen in Heritage Green, £1,862.63, HKUK.
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Colbeck kitchen in Heritage Green, from £16,500, Aura Kitchens by Mereway.

Brass hardware gives green kitchens a luxe feel

If your dark green kitchen is missing the wow factor, then why not complement it with some exquisite brass hardware?

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Racing Series Brookland door and cabinet handles, Croft.
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So opulent and luxe: the Decadent kitchen by Life Kitchens.
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Dark green shaker kitchen from £10,000, Olive & Barr.

Some might call it blue, others green or perhaps a mixture of the two, but whichever category it falls into, teal is gaining popularity as a kitchen colour trend too. It creates a slightly fresher feel to some of the deeper green tones. We love this Blakes London kitchen.

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A rear and side-return extension to create an open-plan kitchen-living-diner – so chic. Kitchen design by Blakes London. Photography by Malcolm Menzies.
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A teal kitchen from The Main Company. Kitchens start at £25,000. Photography: Chris Snook.

Aqua tones are so bright and refreshing

This cabinetry here is painted an aquatic blue-green, which is then complemented by lighter tiles in a similar shade.

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Glassworks Columbia tiles, Original Style.

Why not add greenery to your green cabinetry?

dark green kitchen with trailing plant
This kitchen by Scavolini by Multiliving features green units which are perfectly complemented by the trailing plant golden pothos.

Gorgeous kitchens in light green tones

For a light and airy space opt for the lightest tone of green like this classic Tom Howley kitchen, teamed with light marble worktops and chrome accessories.

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Tom Howley’s Hartford kitchen is shown here as a single galley in Chicory, with an additional small island work space in front. Prices start from £20,000.
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Another pale green kitchen design by Drew Forsyth.
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Revival kitchen in a pale sage, from £30,000, Mowlem & Co.

Why not try a spritz of lime?

Lime green is so fresh and will brighten up your home, especially when paired with similar-coloured accessories.

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Lime green kitchen from The Used Kitchen Company.

Industrial-style kitchens

For a contemporary style try handleless mid green cabinets with gunmetal grey and pops of bronze. I love this multifunctional wall with integrated ovens and coffee machine from Smeg.

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Dolce Stil Novo SFP6604PNRE pyrolytic oven, £1199, SFPR9604 reduced-height pyrolytic multi-function oven, £1999, CMS4601NX coffee machine, £1899, Smeg.
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Lastly we have the Eclectic kitchen, from £30,000, Mowlem & Co.

Featured image: Manisha’s unique kitchen is so gorgeous and has elements that are both modern and traditional. Kitchen design by Day True, photography by Chris Snook.

This feature was originally written by Hannah Talmage. It was updated in 2022 by Ariane Sherine. 

Want more green kitchens? Here’s Lindsay’s feature on dreamy sage kitchens to add to your moodboard.

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