Green kitchen ideas – redecorate with a colour that’s both sophisticated and fresh

Many people love colour in other people’s homes, but are unsure of how to incorporate it into their own space. All that changes here!
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  • Use these great green kitchen ideas to get a perfect green kitchen to suite your style, budget and life. Green is a colour that we often associate with nature and freshness, and, used correctly, it can be an ideal shade for a kitchen.

    Crisp, bright leafy or lime green shades create a contemporary feel, while a paler, celery hue is an excellent option for a more subtle scheme. Add a fresh, organic feel to your kitchen by teaming a muted green with an off-white hue that is reminiscent of nature.

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    An elegant, rich shade of green-grey on the walls will instantly warm up the space, creating a cosy, cocoon-like feel. Cool and refreshing, a mint hue will give your kitchen a bright and airy feel, while if your prefer a toned-down look, eau-de-nil-coloured cabinetry and furniture has an air of sophisticated Scandinavian design.

    A great tip for picking the right shade is to be inspired by the shades of green found in the natural world – and in the kitchen, too! Think of a lime, an asparagus spear, a slice of cucumber, the skin of a cooking apple, a fragrant bunch of sage… Take a look at our pick of the best ways with this colour, and see if they leave you green with envy.

    1. Indulge in a deep green


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    Working with bold, dark colours like this sumptuous forest green is all about balance. Mix in neutral and pale tones through furniture, accessories or other paints, to lighten the space. If you’re painting walls deep green, do the ceiling in a crisp white.

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    2. Mix things up

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    If the thought of a bold colour in the kitchen fills you with fear, there’s no need to go the whole hog. Try the effect shown here in this kitchen from Blakes London, by having painted wall units only. The rough hewn timber on the base cabinets is bang on trend and gives a relaxed, rustic feel that works well with the soft green.

    3. Go for warm tones


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    We may not automatically think of green as a warm colour, but there are many shades that have a cosiness about them, especially when teamed with creamy neutrals or warm metallics, like those in this country-style kitchen.

    4. Blend indoors and outdoors


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    If your kitchen overlooks your garden, soft green tones inside will be enhanced by the greenery outside and create a seamless palette. In a large space pale green painted cabinetry and warm timber worktops will stop the space feeling stark making even the largest kitchen feel warm and welcoming.

    5. Introduce pattern


    Image credit: Topps Tiles

    The kitchen area in this kitchen-diner is easily identified by the stylish patterned tiles from Topps Tiles. Choose a pattern that has colours or tones from both your cabinets and your worktops so that nothing jars. Think about the shapes too. Here the geometric style of the table legs fits well with the geometric pattern on the tiles.

    6. Choose contrasting colours

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    Move over grey, dark emerald green is the hottest colour of the moment. Pink painted walls give a fresh, pretty and modern contrast to the deep green, traditional-style Shaker cabinets. Make the most of your chosen green colour scheme by looking out for lighting that can enhance the look, like these ornate set of three pendant lights.

    7. Opt for a zingy hue reminiscent of nature

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    A retro favourite, olive green is the perfect partner for dark wood mid-century furniture. The combination will give you a space that oozes warmth and comfort. You could be bold and use it on the walls or play it safe by using olive for the accessories and a rich neutral for the walls.

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    8. Dare to clash colours

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    Who says blue and green should never be seen together? This colour combination is daringly decadent, and completely throws the rule book out of the window. The clashing colours work well to help define the space and separate the cooking and dining area.

    9. Go retro

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    The refined pastel shade of the mineral jadeite is perfect for introducing a calm yet refreshing feel to a busy kitchen. Use it on base units and walls below the dado rail, then pair with bright white flooring, worktops and upper walls to add balance. The shade has a Fifties vibe, so it will look great teamed with wooden mid-century-style furniture, pale green crockery, and retro-look appliances to create a casual but chic heart of the home.

    10. Work in wooden accessories

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    We like this subdued shade of olive here. Restful and sophisticated, it’s an easy-going colour without being bland. Soft green hues and wood work wonderfully when paired together. The combination will give you a space that oozes warmth and comfort. You could be bold and use it on the walls or play it safe by using olive for the accessories and a rich neutral for the walls. We recommend ramping up the country feel with plenty of rustic accessories.

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    Will you be working a green colour scheme in your kitchen with these green kitchen ideas?

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