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.