Embrace autumn with a Forest Green kitchen


It seems like it arrived back in August what with the rain and storms and all, but autumn is now officially here. So, what better way to embrace it than with a touch or two of this season’s must-have colour palette – Forest Green? It’s easy to see its appeal – calming and grounding, it speaks to our need to connect to nature and our outdoor surroundings. The fact that it works beautifully with wood and metallics doesn’t harm either, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Here’s our pick of the most fabulous products that caught our eye this month…

We love this Shaker-style design from Smile Kitchens, as it absolutely makes us smile. The range is called Hjerte, which comes from the Danish for ‘heart’ and this Spruce Green colourway is perfect for adding character and a heritage feel to a period home. Team with herringbone or basketweave flooring for extra charm and create contrast with crisp white quartz worksurfaces and iridescent wall tiles.

For anyone lucky enough to have a kitchen large enough for a sofa – or those who have an open-plan design – the Cloud Sundae 1.5 Seater Snuggler in Pine Green is ultra-comfortable and looks stunning in a grey or neutral décor. Available from Snug, this super-squishy loveseat is made in the UK and, for peace of mind, it’s covered in spill-proof and high-performance velvet, so no need to worry about the kids and spilt snacks. Fully modular and customisable, you can also add other sofas from the range to it, transforming it into a corner sofa if the mood takes.

For a sleek yet classic kitchen feel, the True Handleless Cambridge design from Benchmarx Kitchens comes in a stunning Forest Green colourway with a warm and contemporary feel for those who want more than a flat front slab door. This modern Shaker style features a narrow frame design for an ‘of-the-moment’ look that works equally brilliantly in small or large spaces. It also comes with colour-matched internal doors.

If you’re not planning on a whole new kitchen this season, you can still bring this colour trend into the room by investing in a new set of pans. This Eco Frying Pan Set from ProCook comprises 20cm, 24cm and 28cm pans made from 100% recycled aluminium for quick and even heat distribution. They have a tough, non-stick ceramic coating and an easy-grip handle made from 50% wood pulp and are perfect for whipping up plenty of autumnal treats.

The Elswick collection from LochAnna Kitchens is a fresh take on the classic Shaker style. With a simple narrow frame, this solid timber door can be styled to create a more modern or timelessly traditional look simply by choosing handles, appliances and accessories to enhance your preferred design. There are 28 colours to choose from as well as a colour-matching service for a bespoke finish, though we love this Thicket Oak option.

If you’re feeling handy with a paintbrush, give wooden panelling or door frames a fresh new look with a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Forest Green paint. Head online to see complementary shades if you need a little guidance for additional DIY projects.

For an open-plan kitchen that flows into a living area or home office, you can easily create a zoned look by papering and painting a wall in the non-kitchen part. This Green Butterfly and Flower wallpaper from Bobbi Beck is adorned with realistic illustrations with fine detailing and a vibrant green colourway.

The carefully curated colour palette at John Lewis of Hungerford features a wide range of green shades, from the softest of sages and punchy limes to deep forest greens. All of which are perfect for both contemporary and traditional cabinetry designs from sleek Urban and Pure to classic Shaker and Artisan. Rebecca Nokes, Design Director at John Lewis of Hungerford comments, “When it comes to designing a green kitchen, our extensive range of shades mean you can be as bold or subtle as you wish. Green works well with warm woods and looks particularly stunning when teamed with gold, brass or bronze hardware.” We love their Shaker kitchen in Mange Tout.

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert / hayleygilbertblog.wordpress.com

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