Anne Hathaway's 'quiet luxury' kitchen cabinet color will dominate our homes in 2025, say experts

Pale green – the soft neutral – we love it for its quiet beauty and versatility

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Is there anything more suited to 2024 than a pale green color scheme? At a time when our happiness and health have seemed more important than ever, it's only right that we'd want to surround ourselves in shades that symbolize nature, growth, and renewal. 

This hasn't gone unnoticed by interior designers and decorators, who recognize the power of green and have introduced it into their kitchen ideas in a variety of smart and sophisticated ways. 

In actress Anne Hathaway's modern rustic kitchen, the subtle pale green kitchen cabinet color scheme is the star of the show. Classic, calming, and synonymous with nature, pale green is a hue that keeps the peace.

Serene yet uplifting, this muted green acts like a neutral in interior design, permeating spaces with the comforting tones of nature. Busy spaces often benefit from muted and quieter colors and a kitchen, with its modern-day hub-of-the-home status, is just one of these rooms.

Green is entwined with the permanence and beauty of nature and is a timeless choice for quiet luxury kitchens. Decorating with green, especially in its paler variations, is in general a relaxing color. Being the room color that represents nature, it makes us feel good and positive. A fundamental desire for the heart of the home.

Patrick O’Donnell, brand ambassador for Farrow & Ball agrees: ‘Green is a joy to use: the primary color of nature. It is the perfect option to deliver calm and tranquility and therefore has the flexibility to be applied to the busiest rooms in the home to ensure it remains a place of comfort. It symbolizes renewal and growth.'

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Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell is Farrow & Ball's color consultant & brand ambassador and has been with the brand since 2012. Patrick works with designers in the UK and North America, helping to bring their projects alive with the iconic, F&B color palette.

In this modern rustic kitchen, the pale green, almost sage-like shade, inspired by its namesake herb, sage green is a perennial favorite for classic and timeless décor. One of the cleverest greens in the spectrum, this color-shifting hue shares subtle blue and gray tones, making it a sophisticated choice as well as bringing biophilic benefits with its organic origins.

‘We are noticing a change to the use of softer hues, such as sage, being used all over as a base color, just how neutrals have been used traditionally,’ says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene. ‘These are very calming, positive shades with a timeless quality, that are muted but not enough that they fade into the background, so they work beautifully as a foil for similar earthy tones and richer colors such as browns and ochre, which can give a more dynamic effect.’

Our Interiors editor, Hebe Hatton, believes that this kitchen cabinet color trend will endure beyond 2024. 'In addition to its mood-enhancing properties, pale green is  loved by interior designers for its versatility, and it is a color that I expect will dominate our homes in 2025, too.'

Ruth Mottershead
Ruth Mottershead

Ruth Mottershead is the creative director of the family-run paint and wallpaper businesses Little Greene and Paint & Paper Library, which specialize in creating luxurious paint and wallpaper that represent 300 years of decorative history.

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Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.