Today’s color inspiration post is specifically inspiration for my mom and me to use for her kitchen. As I shared with you yesterday, my mom and I are going to tackle a relatively budget-friendly makeover on her kitchen soon. But what I didn’t share with you yesterday (because I didn’t talk to her about colors until yesterday afternoon) is that we’ll be painting the walls a light non-white neutral color, and painting the cabinets green.
We’re not aiming for a bold, saturated green like I had on my original kitchen cabinets. My mom isn’t quite as bold with her color choices as I am. 🙂 Instead, we’ll be aiming for a lighter, softer, more neutral and earthy green. Here are some examples of green that might work…
This just might be the perfect shade of green for a person who wants some color, but not color that’s too bold, too eye-catching, and too saturated. This beautiful green is still easy on the eyes, somewhat neutral, and not too dark, while still adding color to the room.
This is a very similar green as the one above, but it’s just a little bit lighter and less saturated. And yet, it’s still very obviously green, and really pretty.
*Side note: I wish more people knew about paintable full-overlay outlet covers. I see white outlets on colorful kitchen islands and peninsulas all the time, and I always want to tell the person about paintable full-overlay outlet covers that will blend right in with the painted island or peninsula. But then I don’t want to be presumptuous. Maybe they love the white! But at least I can let all of YOU know about these amazing things. I have an outlet on the end of my peninsula, but it’s covered with a paintable full-overlay outlet cover that is painted the same teal as my cabinets. It blends right in and calls no attention to itself.
This one is just a tiny bit darker and more saturated than the first example. I’m not sure just how much color and how dark we can go with in my mom’s kitchen because it’s pretty small, but if I had my preference without my mom’s input (and that’s just me dreaming, but not reality 😀 ), I’d choose something just a touch more saturated like this.
This is another pretty, earthy, but somewhat saturated green in this kitchen. While I don’t think it’s right for my mom’s kitchen (a bit too much yellow, I believe), it’s still such a pretty color for kitchen cabinets.
I think this green is venturing into territory that’s too dark for my mom’s particular kitchen, but isn’t this gorgeous? It works so well without making the entire room look dark because it’s surrounded by white in a room that has lots of natural light. And that cabinet color looks amazing with the warm wood floor.
And here’s one more gorgeous kitchen with light green cabinets that add color, and yet could be seen as a neutral. Green is nature’s neutral, after all!
Y’all, I’m so excited about getting started on my mom’s kitchen! And I have to admit, when I brought up the idea of painting the kitchen cabinets a color, and making the walls lighter and more neutral, I expected a hard “no” in response. When my mom didn’t immediately say no, I had a glimmer of hope. And then when she seemed open to the idea, I was so excited!!
Y’all know I’m not really a white cabinet kind of person. My mission in life is to eradicate the world of white kitchen cabinets. Ha! Not really. 😀 But I would definitely love to see more people embrace color on their cabinets — especially those who choose white not because they love it, but just because they think white is the only “proper” choice for painted cabinets and are afraid to embrace color. (I think there are a lot of people who choose white out of fear, but I do know there are also a lot of people who absolutely love white cabinets. I’d love to see the first group break out of their fear and choose color, and leave the white cabinets to people who really, truly love it.)
Anyway, I know we’ll find just the right color, and I think some of these will serve as great inspiration for the direction we want to go in my mom’s kitchen.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.