6 Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas for Modern Color

From sage green to dark green cabinets, there are plenty of shades outside of white

green kitchen cabinets with door leading outside

Modern green kitchen cabinets are having a moment. This classic hue seems to be popping up in kitchen designs everywhere. And for good reason. Shades of green can act as a neutral base for other statement pieces in the room. Or, it can be the star itself, adding a dramatic sense of style. 

Along with blue, green is one of the most common colors found in nature. And bringing the outdoors in has always been a popular design choice. It is only fitting that nature’s colors are used in the most often-used room in the home. From dramatic and dark to light and breezy, green is here to stay. Here, Sweeten renovators show how they pulled it off.

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Sage green cabinets: nature’s favorite shade

green kitchen cabinets with kitchen peninsula and open shelves

Even though it was new construction, Abby wanted to update her Crown Heights condo’s kitchen. To her, it felt dated and dark. She replaced the dark turquoise cabinets with more modern sage green ones. “I thought for a long time about the color,” said Abby. “I wanted color but nothing that would be too overpowering or overwhelming.” To ensure this, Abby went with a white subway tile backsplash and countertops. The sage brings in a vibe of renewal and rejuvenation. Just what the first-time homeowner was searching for. 

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Dark green cabinets make a statement

green kitchen cabinets with door leading outside

The dark green cabinets in this kitchen are the standouts. And that’s what Sweeten renovators Hannah and Henry were going for. “The color turned out just as we had imagined it,” said Hannah. The green brings a colorful energy to the design that’s not overpowering. The white upper cabinets, gold pulls, and granite countertops are just the right counterbalances to the dark hue.

Agave green cabinets: a hint of color

built in oven

For Gina and Andrew’s small kitchen, they chose a light green. They were inspired by their co-op’s courtyard. In it, are a lovely mix of green trees, plants, and shrubs. They decided to extend the peaceful, harmonious vibe of the courtyard into the home via light green cabinets. They chose a shade that acts as a perfect backdrop for the warm brass hardware.

Jewel-tone luxury

painted green cabinets with gold hardware

You can tell this kitchen is the work of a masterful design team. Keren and Thomas Richter of White Arrow chose dramatic, dark green kitchen cabinets for their client’s Brooklyn kitchen. The jewel-tone creates a sense of sophistication and elegance. This vibe is continued in the luxurious gold pulls and marble penny-tile backsplash. “Our client took some creative leaps,” Keren recalled. “The color is a total showstopper, and we are so glad he was game!

All about the (green) base

kitchen renovation, two-tone cabinets, gold hardware

For their galley kitchen, Maggie, an interior designer, and Adam, a former architect, wanted a design element to help the space feel more open. They chose a modern green kitchen cabinet light enough not to “close-in” the room. However, there is enough green pigment to make a subtle statement against the upper white cabinets. Add in the neutral flooring and white countertops and you have a fresh, clean look for the small space.

A minty kitchen refresh

Laura and Tim decided to update their kitchen. They loved the charm of their circa 1929 townhouse. They wanted to keep that quaint, “old-world” feeling. To do so, they selected Shaker-style cabinets in a mint green. The Shaker cabinets are traditional while the green hue adds a contemporary dimension to the design. “[The green] matches the feel of the old house but is also clean and modern at the same time,” said Laura.

More popular questions

Nature’s colors are having a moment in kitchens and are becoming the top choice as the new neutral. Shades of green, from sage to emerald, bring the outdoors in and offer a timeless natural appeal.

Green is making its way into many homeowners’ modern kitchens. Because of its earthy tone, it’s a solid alternative outside of white. Green spans a wide variety of shades from light sage to emerald green. As nature’s ambassador, green brings the outside in and adds warmth.

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