Design Trend: Using Green in the Kitchen

In the spirit of embracing the new year and all the fresh ideas it brings, we're talking today about a trend which is a little unconventional and a lot of fun! We have likely all heard by now that Pantone's colour of the year is called Greenery- a bright, vibrant green. Pantone describes Greenery as a zesty yellow-green shade which 'evokes the first days of spring when nature's greens revive, restore and renew". Thanks to our end of January permanent shivers, we're definitely looking forward to spring, when green things start growing.

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Though Pantone's shade of green may not be to everyone's taste, one thing is for sure: green is in. All shades of green are popping up across social media, in design magazines and on trend lists for 2017. If last year was the year of navy, this year is the year of green.

Surprisingly, green actually makes a fantastic neutral when used thoughtfully. It has a lot of life and vibrancy which helps make spaces welcoming, but lacks the nautical undercurrent which can leave navy feeling a little stiff in certain instances. Let's take a look at some of our favourite homes which have seriously sophisticated green kitchens, in shades from Greenery's happy hue to moody black evergreen.

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The beauty of this kitchen is undeniable. Crisp white pops against the vibrant green, creating an immensely fresh and yet classic vibe for this home. We love how the use of subway tile in this green hue adds not only colour, but texture and shine as well. The choice of such a bright coloured tile may seem unconventional to us, but in fact is quite a deliberate reference to the homes of the 1930's and 40's, when brightly coloured tiles were de rigeur, and were often highly patterned as well. This kitchen still feels modern, however; because it lets the tile take centre stage- cabinets, faucets and countertops are the neutral supporting players in this gorgeous space.

These next two kitchens use green in a more subdued way- both in tone and in size. We love the idea of using green in a smaller area of your kitchen, such as this flower-cutting area, but also love the idea of giving an oft-neglected under-the-bar area a cheeky pop of colour! The neutral dark sage they chose is dark enough to stand up to scuffs from feet, and also lets their light-wood bar stools stand out against it.

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For those ready to commit to the green kitchen trend, this next kitchen makes a strong case for green cabinetry. Cabinetry is likely the single most expensive aspect of a kitchen, and as such the colour you choose is definitely a huge decision. Some of the reasons the kitchen below feels less like a risk than like a gorgeous, jewel toned reward is its restraint. White uppers keep the kitchen feeling airy and spacious, while simple countertops with just a hint of movement add to the organic feel of the room. Tying in natural wood stools and deep tone wood floating shelves automatically draws a connection between the stunning green lower cabinets and thoughts of nature and the outdoors. The result feels unfussy, organic and welcoming.

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While we might not all be in the market for some green cabinets or wall tiles for our kitchens, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy this trend in the kitchen we do have. Adding a touch of green to any kitchen will automatically make it feel fresh and inviting. The easiest way to 'accessorize' your kitchen with the colour green is to add plants, flowers and fruit in whatever shade appeals to you. A lot or a little, the choice is up to you!

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