We Want These Green Kitchen Cabinets Stat

Emily Henderson has outdone herself

Updated 09/20/19
Green Kitchen—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert

Stylist Emily Henderson went all out when designing her brother and sister-in-law's kitchen in Portland. While its "updated traditional" design is jaw-dropping, it's actually the gorgeous green cabinet color that's caught our eyes.

So what is this divine hue in question? It's Sherwin-Williams' pewter green in the emerald satin enamel finish, to be exact, but we think it resembles the color of a silver dollar eucalyptus leaf with that perfect combination of green, blue, and a hint of gray. Henderson tells us she designed the Portland project from L.A., which she says was not easy or something she'd recommend if you're a renovation newbie, but that didn't stop her from creating some renovation magic.

"I could have made it easier on myself and done something basic and simple, but I wanted this to be special and bold," she says. Well, we have to say, she nailed this one.

modern kitchen—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert
Jane Denton Once ii $455
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Henderson says the house called for something that was "original and special," and she wanted this kitchen to be the centerpiece of the home.

"Everyone always seems to gather in their kitchen, and this was open to both the family and dining rooms, so my goal was to create a mix of classic and modern, happy and sophisticated, with some moments," she says. Henderson also brought in a new big window for a lot of natural light and to see the kids playing in the yard below.

kitchen makeover—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert
Imbrie Articulating Sconce
Rejuvenation Imbrie Articulating Sconce $369
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The entire kitchen was completely renovated from the ground up. They kept the floorplan mostly the same, but now the island is much larger and oriented in a different direction, and they reworked the placement of the refrigerator and the oven. New cabinets, appliances, tile, floors, and countertops were also added.

kitchen trend—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert
Perles Drawer Pull
Rejuvenation Perles Drawer Pull $26 $20
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So how was the color palette decided on? "I've done a lot of blue kitchens, so I wanted to do something different here," Henderson says. In general, they stayed away from gray throughout the home because as Henderson puts it, "Portland is already so gray so often." After testing a million shades of green, they eventually landed on the pewter green.

kitchen color—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert
"I'm so happy with it," Henderson says. "It's deep, saturated, milky, and dramatic. It makes a quiet statement. It is a bold color without feeling bold, and it gives a lot of life to the room while keeping it timeless and traditional."
kitchen cabinet color—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert

The on-counter display cabinets are probably Henderson's favorite thing about this kitchen, along with the gooseneck faucets and the vintage-inspired range. "It's too hard to pick," she says.

kitchen design ideas—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert

The kitchen is very minimal and streamlined, without a lot of fuss. Fashion with function was the philosophy here, and it works. 

kitchen oven—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert
Milo Dutch Oven $95
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The vintage range brings the "updated traditional" style and a timeless appeal while the brass drawer pulls provide a modern lift.

kitchen renovation—Emily Henderson Design
Sara Ligorria-Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert

The mid-1980s home was originally a one-story builder basic home that needed a rehaul and, according to Henderson, "a big dose of soul." 

"It was originally pretty cheaply done and devoid of character and life," she says. Well, she definitely solved that problem because the kitchen is now bursting with character.

Head over to Emily Henderson's site to see more of this stunning kitchen.

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