Decorating Your Kitchen in Pink & Green

The colours pink and green are often combined in nature and look just as natural in kitchen decor. Choose these colours when you're creating a cottage style, country, vintage or retro look for your kitchen. There's a lot of choose from in pink and green kitchen cookware, furniture, linens and ceramics.

To give your kitchen a light and airy atmosphere, choose subtle shades of green and pink for your colour palette. Try a soft sage or light mint green. Avoid harsh or bold colours which can overwhelm the eye.

Paint your kitchen cabinets in contrasting pink and green sections. For example, paint the cabinet framework light green, and the cabinet doors light pink. Contrast further by painting the handles light green. Another possibility is ceramic or pottery knobs with pink and green designs on them.

Install green bead board wainscoting along the walls and hang antique or faded cabbage rose wall paper in shades of pale green and pink. Or, choose a toile wallpaper with pink scenes on a neutral cream background.

Hang a white plate rack on the wall and display a collection of vintage pink and white plates. Add a floating white shelf below it and display pink and green cloth napkins or tea towels.

Find vintage appliances such as a pink stove or refrigerator. Paint the walls of your kitchen two shades lighter than the green cabinetry. Put a pink and green ceramic tile back splash above the counter. Purchase matching cookware or vintage salt and pepper shakers in pink or green.

Install butcher-block counter tops with a light stain to warm up the colour scheme. Place pink and green ceramic canisters on the counters. Try to match the wallpaper colours as much as possible.

To create a shabby chic look for the kitchen dining area, paint a wooden table in a shade that matches the cabinets. Purchase mismatched dining chairs and paint them white. Put pink and green floral cushions on the chairs. Put a planting of fresh wheat grass in a large pink container as a centrepiece.

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About the Author

Ingrid Hansen has been published in "Twin Cities Business" magazine, the "Murphy Reporter," "Twin Cities Parent" magazine and the "Southwest Journal" newspaper. She has also written more than 30 non-fiction books for the K-12 library and education market, and has been a subject matter expert and a course designer for online college curriculum. She teaches English Composition at a local college, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hamline University.