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Say Goodbye to White, Hello to Green and Natural Textures

Top designers look to nature for their kitchen color palettes

Something that I’m noticing time and time again when researching kitchen design trends is the overwhelming presence of the color green. And no, I’m not talking about your typical kermit-the-frog green. I’m talking about the shade that was unanimously chosen for paint companies’ favorite color for the year 2022: the deep yet soft sage green that keeps dominating the design scene.

Some shades from top brands include Evergreen Fog from Sherwin Williams, Gentle Olive by Minwax, and Laurel Leaf from Better Homes & Gardens.

I’ve been seeing this color primarily in the color of kitchen cabinets, which is less scary than it sounds. One example comes from Becca Gaines Interior Design, who was featured in Architectural Digest. Here they’ve paired a floor to ceiling pantry cabinet with base cabinets in a matching green, but they maintain another design trend that you can read about here: “Open Shelves in the Kitchen: Love It or Hate It?” for the wall cabinets.

Becca Gaines Interior Design, David Clark Construction, and Jeff Bramlett CRD

Because the color isn’t spread over the entirety of the cabinetry, you’ll find that it isn’t as overwhelming and looks more timeless. 

This other option from Kimberly Barr involves a little more green and uses it as the focal point of the kitchen. She pairs it with a similar natural color palette as the last kitchen but brings drama with gold fixtures like the overhead lights and faucet.

However, you’re not confined to paint if you want to bring green into your kitchen. Top designers recommend adding this trendy color into your backsplash, like with the subway tiles seen here, or even simply incorporating it into your decor. 

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I love this touch of green found in this butcher block, storage combo. Although the rest of the kitchen utilizes white and neutral colors, the sage green of this rolling cart coupled with some plants and bowl of artichokes bring a sense of calm into the space — which is what this trend is truly about.

This is seen when we get into the second part of this trend, that goes hand in hand with the natural green tones that I’ve shown you — the use of natural textures and colors. You’ll find a lot of sandy colors or ash-toned wood, with natural stone and similar textures. Look to nature for inspiration, she is the original designer after all! 

Although many homeowners have long opted for clean white kitchens to bring calm to the space, this move toward a natural color palette does the same by bringing peaceful neutrals into the home. 

Here are some phenomenal examples of kitchens that utilize the tones found in nature.

Dalia Carter, Carbon 6 Interiors
Holly Lord Sherrell, University of Georgia

Finally, here are some of my top picks from the 2022 colors of the year that we think you could incorporate into your kitchen. Let me know what you think! Is this trend for you?

Gentle Olive by Minwax

Minwax selected a rich green stain called Gentle Olive as its color of the year 2022. A soft sage with subtle gray undertones, it highlights the natural beauty of the wood when applied to furniture, cabinetry, shelving, decorative items, and more. Chosen for its connection to wellness and the restorative qualities of nature, Gentle Olive imparts a soothing atmosphere to living areas, kitchens, bedrooms, and more.

Jessica Bennet, Better Homes and Gardens
Laurel Leaf by Better Homes & Gardens

Laurel Leaf is the first-ever paint color of the year from, available only at Walmart. This dusty green shade mimics the rejuvenating appeal of eucalyptus leaves and reflects a renewed desire to incorporate elements of nature into our homes. “During the pandemic, people spent more time outside enjoying their backyards, parks, and other outdoor spaces,” said Max Wilker, style director for the Better Homes & Gardens brand. “And now those shades of green are coming along back inside the home.”

Jessica Bennet, Better Homes and Gardens
October Mist by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s pick for color of the year 2022 is a soft, silvery-green called October Mist 1495. This botanical shade mimics the pale green of a flower stem and serves as the foundation for the brand’s larger 2022 color trends palette. The assortment includes 14 nature-inspired hues that span tinted off-whites, warm earth tones, and refreshed primary colors.

Jessica Bennet, Better Homes and Gardens
Evergreen Fog by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams selected the subtly soothing Evergreen Fog SW 9130 as its color of the year 2022. The mid-tone gray-green signifies a shift away from the cool neutrals and brilliant jewel tones that have previously dominated paint color trends. This familiar, organic color can extend a comforting welcome in entryways, establish quiet and calm in bedrooms or bathrooms, and introduce restorative energy to living rooms, kitchens, and other common areas.

Jessica Bennet, Better Homes and Gardens
Breezeway by Behr

Behr’s color of the year 2022 is a cool, refreshing shade of green called Breezeway MQ3-21. The soft, silvery blue-green is reminiscent of sea glass found along sandy beaches and the crystal-clear water of a tucked-away bay. Because of its ties to nature, Breezeway establishes a feeling of tranquility, but its crisp brightness can also inspire energy and liveliness. Erika Woelfel, Behr’s vice president of color and creative services, calls Breezeway “a color that welcomes a hopeful sense of renewal, restoration, and healing.”

Jessica Bennet, Better Homes and Gardens
Olive Sprig by PPG

PPG selected a soft, organic shade of green called Olive Sprig PPG1125-4 as its color of the year 2022. Reminiscent of a soothing aloe vera plant or velvety sage leaves, the gray-green color was chosen to represent regrowth and the resiliency of nature as we adapt to new ways of living post-pandemic. The lush mid-tone feels familiar and grounding, and it’s versatile enough to be used as a livelier alternative to traditional neutrals.

Jessica Bennet, Better Homes and Gardens