Going Green?  The white kitchen may still reign supreme in terms of popularity, but a surprising color also ranks among the top choices for kitchens these days. Green is making its way onto kitchen walls, backsplashes, even cabinets. The color can be used in a range of shades and tones, from a pale and soothing neutral to a high-energy color explosion.

In search of a new neutral. All-white kitchens have been popular for years.  Gray has also seen an uptick. But color expert Kate Smith, president of Sensational Color, says she sees kitchens “moving from just the basic gray to all kinds of pale neutrals — even pale greens.” At the same time, she has noticed a shift away from the pops-of-color trend toward a more neutral and holistic palette for the kitchen. “Possibly it comes back to our desire for a need to feel calm,” she says. Though green can read as a strong color — think lime, Kelly green, grass green.  Many shades can read as neutrals.

Olive works for clothing — and kitchens. Green is definitely having a moment in fashion, with olive’s being particularly strong. For a fun fashion detour, check out an assemblage of the dozens of green designs among the spring 2017  by bloggers Tom & Lorenzo.  “We are definitely seeing olive on the rise,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, color planning and communications manager for DuluxGroup in Australia. “[The] 2017 colors have beautiful, deep, almost army greens.” Though Lucena-Orr hasn’t yet seen this color translate to kitchens, it is on the horizon in terms of trend forecasting. “We are certainly seeing the olive green in other living spaces coming through,” she says.

Green-shy? Try an undertone. Lucena-Orr has noticed that green has been seeping into kitchen colors, especially as undertones on cabinetry — the cabinets may be primarily gray or beige but have green undertones.

It’s also popular on backsplashes. Renovating homeowners also seem to like green kitchen backsplashes. Green was the only nonneutral single color to appear among the top five choices for backsplashes.  Multicolor backsplashes were more popular than green ones, and also more popular than gray or beige.  As with wall color choice, green came in behind the neutrals as a pick for backsplashes.