What Cabinet Color Goes With Green Countertops? (Find Out Now!)

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

In the world of interior design, trends are always happening. Stone was majorly popular and still is. However, a new contender is coming up today: painted lacquer countertops. Green, the color of forestry and freshness, is one of the more popular colors to add to your kitchen. But, what kind of cabinet colors work well with green?

The most popular color pairings for green countertops are dark brown cabinet stains like mahogany, cherry wood, as well as lighter brown shades like oak. If you want to go for a more modern look, greys, whites, and light beiges can work well for cabinet colors too. Matching the counters to the cabinets is also an option.

Green might be a popular color, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy color to pair. Far from it, actually. Let’s take a look at what we suggest for green countertops.

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What Cabinet Colors Work With Green Countertops?

As someone who writes about design at length, I’ll be honest. Colored countertops are notoriously difficult to match and maintain. So, you’re going to have to stick to colors that are generally going to remain fairly traditional and neutral. Here’s what I’d suggest using if you were “blessed” with this color trend…

1. Dark Walnut Brown Stain

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Walnut is one of those cabinet stain colors that looks decadent, no matter what you pair it with. When you have green countertops, it’s almost a no-brainer to give this a shot. Dark walnut stains work particularly well with forest, hunter, and pine greens—like the shade found in the countertop and backsplash above.

This is a good choice for people who want to have a distinctly retro or even Victorian feel to their home. In the photo above, this color scheme was completed with a little bit of harvest gold to make a very distinctly 60s vibe. It’s easy to see why it’s such a popular pick among green countertop owners.

2. Ash White/Driftwood Stain

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If you have a turquoise-green counter like this one, then it might be a good idea to pair it with ash white wood cabinetry. This trendy wood stain style has a strong grey-beige element to it, and is best on pre-lightened woods that don’t already have a natural hue to them. When done correctly, it’s an addictive look.

Green and “driftwood stain,” as some call it, is a great pairing for people who want something slightly beachy. At times, it can also give you that slightly aged or even dreamlike look of a new kitchen. What I’m saying is that you have a ton of different ways that you can spin this look to suit your style. It’s versatile, big time.

3. Pine Wood Stain

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So, there are a ton of different stains that fit under the “pine” umbrella, and almost all of them have a generally light look to them. They are not as pale as birch, but they still have a fairly light hue to them that helps open up a room. They also tend to be neutral in terms of rosiness and yellow.

The best way to describe pine is that it’s “sandy.” It looks like the ground you’d find at the beach without it being overly yellowish. This makes them a good pick for green countertops.

If you want to help bring some warmth to your kitchen, then you should choose a pine cabinet stain that is slightly more rosy than yellow in undertones. The red will actually complement the green, giving your entire room a more balanced appearance. A bonus perk? Pine is plentiful and cheap.

4. Green Lacquer

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Remember when I said that green is one of the tougher colors to pair, in terms of kitchen cabinetry? It’s true. This is especially true when the countertop in question is a green lacquer color that isn’t quite common. This is the case with something like the neon lime green counters above.

If you don’t have an interest in natural wood stains as a pairing option, then you can always take the quick path. The easiest way to make sure that your kitchen has a sleek, unified, and modern look is to match your cabinets to your countertops. Then, just add white and grey accents to the rest of the room. Boom! Modern kitchen, there you go!

If you love green, it’s important to remember that you don’t always have to match the shade of your cabinets perfectly. Sometimes having a gradient look is just as good, or even better, than a matchy-matchy look.

5. Beige Lacquer

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Green cabinets are a part of a larger trend involving people who want to have a tropical, airy, and bold look to their kitchens. As fun as it might be to have a bold splash of color, the truth is that it needs colors that can balance it out. This is particularly true if you want to stick to solid color cabinets and countertops.

You are going to have to get a countertop shade that helps bring your design back down to earth, so to speak. Beige lacquer can do this well. If you have a particularly bold type of green, a light neutral beige cabinet set is a smart idea. If you have multiple bright colors in your theme, then it’s basically a must-have.

6. Ebony Wood Stain

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So, ebony wood is famous for its dark, almost black hue. In this picture, we see what appears to be a light green countertop that’s paired with cabinetry that matches it and alternates that green with black. The ebony look is then paired with a lighter wood paneling. It’s a very 60s look that remains popular today.

Admittedly, using ebony for cabinetry is a risky take compared to most of the others on this list. Black and other dark colors can make a room feel cramped if you are nt extra careful about it. If you choose this route, make sure that you have decent lighting in your home and that you balance it with lots of lighter colors.

7. White Lacquer

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So, I think it goes without saying that white is the universally appealing neutral. In the case of this illustration, we see a countertop that is beige with just the slightest hint of green. This is often hard to pair because it’s hard to match a paint to it. Moreover, it can be hard to work with its beige-green color elements regardless of what you’re planning.

The designer in this illustration decided to get behind the “painted cabinet” trend with a classically modern look: white lacquer. White works well because it’s able to blend well with almost any color scheme you have. Even something like a dark jade or a super-light green can be made into an elegant palette with white cabinetry.

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8. Early American Oak Stain

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There’s a special je ne sais quois that having New American Oak cabinets brings to your kitchen. Why? It’s warm and has a nice, slightly pink undertone that adds warmth to a kitchen without being overwhelming. This makes it a perfect choice for people who want to have a color that complements but doesn’t necessarily steal the show.

While all oak will look great in a kitchen, the truth is that having an oak stain that is slightly rosy in hue makes for a good decision. Here, we see a cute photo of a counter that has a slightly green granite countertop paired with the pinkish look of New American Oak cabinets.

As you can see, this oak stain color is lighter than usual and still imparts a little pink. The pink helps emphasize the blue and yellow in the countertop, but doesn’t make it look “extreme.” It’s just nice and balanced.

Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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