Earth Tones in the Kitchen

Earth Tones in the Kitchen

Susie Nadler
Mar 30, 2009
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These days it's fairly common to see kitchens decked out in bright, cheery colors, or entirely in white and stainless steel for an airy, modern feel. But we also like the look of earth tones in the kitchen, chocolate browns and caramel beiges and vegetable greens, accented with brights and whites to keep them from feeling drab. Here are some kitchens with delicious earthy colors for your perusal…


Backsplash tile is a great place to bring in earthy browns and greens; the jewel-like sheen of the tile updates the color choice. Mixing wood textures and finishes for your cabinets and countertops can also be an interesting way to adorn your kitchen in earthy colors, especially when the grain and character of the wood is emphasized.


We also like brown with a preppy twist—in a bamboo-print fabric curtain, for example, or striped with candy pink. Rusty orange tile looks retro and fun in an older kitchen. If you want to go lighter, sage green and buttery yellow, mixed with rough-cut blond wood, has a serene organic feel. And lastly, if you like the idea of earth tones in the kitchen but aren't ready for a big renovation, throw in an accent, like pillows or a blanket on adjacent seating.

Photos: De Lisle, Philpotts & Staub Interiors; Living Etc; Domino; Design*Sponge

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