Fresh Take

Photography: kitchen © Michael –; Benjamin Moore, contributed

above: The bold new look around the house this year is rich, earthy green.

Early spring! You know what that means. The flowers will begin to emerge—and homeowners might feel the urge to freshen up the look of their homes. That doesn’t mean they’re all doing renovations. A change can have impact without being a major project; switching up the color in jus one room could do the trick. Take, for example, the kitchen. Everyone, including visitors and party guests, loves to gather in this room. So, when we reached out to Anna MacDonald, color and design sales associate for Ring’s End, we asked her to suggest colors to try in the kitchen.

“When choosing kitchen cabinet colors, it’s important to consider the kitchen’s natural stone and tile elements—like the backsplash and countertops,” she says. “We want to select a paint color that works with and enhances those features. We continue to see customers selecting deep hues for their kitchen cabinets, for all of them, or just the island or a section of cabinetry, like the refrigerator wall or coffee nook.”

One color, in particular, seems to be enjoying the spotlight these days. “Among the recent more commonly used colors is deep green,” MacDonald says, “such as Benjamin Moore’s Narragansett Green, Salamander, Hidden Falls or Amazon Green, and Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke or Studio Green.”

She adds that she might understand why people are attracted to this earthy color now. “As customers continue to incorporate more organic elements in their décor, these deep greens coordinate nicely with natural wood tones and seagrass elements. They also work well with a wide variety of architectural hardware options in gold, steel or nickel tones. And, of course, green looks great with traditional white.”

Benjamin Moore’s Narragansett Green HC-157
Benjamin Moore’s Salamander 2050-10
Benjamin Moore’s Hidden Falls 714
Benjamin Moore’s Amazon Green 2136-30
Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke 47
Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green 93


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