9 Kitchen Islands That Look Gorgeous in Green
That’s fine in most rooms, but in a kitchen you need to consider durability and how easy the surfaces are to maintain. This limits the materials you can use — a finish with a pronounced texture, for example, can be difficult to clean.
Color, then, can be your friend in the kitchen because it’s a simple way to add some zing. And an accent paint color on the island is relatively easy to change out later if you want to.
This kitchen by IS Architecture is mostly white, but the touches of vegetal green, most notably on the island, give the space life and, in my view, make it more visually interesting than it would be if it was clad all in white.
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Tip: In a mostly monochromatic space, anything painted in a different color is going to stand out. That’s why it’s important to make sure the item is worthy of the attention. In this case, the island is truly the hub of the kitchen and is therefore the right focal element.
Tip: When selecting paint, there’s more to consider than color alone. Sheen is very important, especially on an island, which sees lots of wear and tear. A higher-gloss paint is going to be more durable and easier to clean, but the downside is that it more easily shows surface imperfections. Again, a designeror paint professional can help select the appropriate finish.
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Tip: This kitchen is blessed with plenty of natural light, but if yours isn’t, you may want to keep the kitchen colors light. This whisper-soft green adds a little kick of color but the palette stays super soft and airy.
Tip: If you live in a cold climate, think about bringing in visual warmth through color. Warm wood tones, such as used in this example, go a long way toward cozying up a kitchen. This green, being of the warmer variety, adds to the soothing vibe.
Tip: If you want a space with many different materials, colors and textures, think carefully about the color palette. This kitchen features a variety of materials, sheens and colors, but because the colors are all fairly subdued, the effect is harmonious rather than busy or clashing.
I especially like that the island cabinetry was left open and that you get a nice peek of natural wood on the inside. Because the island is so large, it could look too monolithic and heavy if it was painted solid green.
Tip: Don’t be too intimidated to decorate with dark colors. They can give a kitchen a homey and intimate vibe. Darker colors closer to the floor help visually ground a room. You can balance that out with a few dashes of dark elements up higher around the room. This helps move the eye around.
Tip: The finish on this island may very well be natural patina, but if you plan to have your island painted and then distressed, go for a slightly brighter shade than you might normally consider. It will stand up to the distressing treatment without becoming dull and dirty-looking.
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Tip: If your island includes a seating area, I strongly recommend painting the island in a medium-tone color, because it will hide wear and tear better than a super light or dark shade.