Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten's cabinets offer a fresh, 'serene' twist on a former kitchen trend

Of course, we're taking notes on Ina Garten's kitchen – starting with her natural alternative to this formerly-admired hue

Ina Garten
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Think of Ina Garten, and images of her in the kitchen will likely follow. The Barefoot Contessa host and food author has built her career centered around the most used room of the home, so it's only fitting that her kitchen is a designer's dream. 

Ina's kitchen is as quintessential as we might have hoped, exhibiting white marble countertops, a beautiful shelving system (filled with glass and china), and a gray-green cabinet color – the latter of which has got designers the most excited. 

While it's no secret that gray kitchens dominated color trends in recent years, this former-favorite hue, as we know it, is falling out of favor. However, there are some ways to keep the shade relevant, and the subtle green undertones in Ina Garten's cabinets are one way to bring this color firmly into 2024 (and beyond). 

The shades used in Ina Garten's kitchen are reportedly Farrow & Ball's Drop Cloth, described as a gentle mid-gray beige, and Hardwick White, also designed by the British paint powerhouse. The overall look is a natural twist on stark gray, creating an alternative to the traditional color trend. It's a hue that hasn't gone unnoticed by designer Fred McGill, who encourages us to follow Ina's lead. 

'I highly recommend using a  light gray with green undertones on your kitchen cabinets. This hue is growing in popularity, but it's easy to understand why – it adds warmth and depth to any kitchen and is versatile enough to work with whatever other surrounding colors.'

As Fred explains, Ina's cabinetry hue is an alternative to the deeper, darker grays we may have seen in abundance over recent years, but what makes this specific tone so fashionable now? 

'The subtle green undertones add a touch of nature to your kitchen, creating a more serene atmosphere,' he comments. 'In a world increasingly disconnected from the outdoors, infusing your living spaces with natural elements can have a welcome, calming effect.'

Beige painted kitchen with natural walls

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Interior Designer
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Fred McGill

Fred McGill is a certified interior designer and the founder of Next Modern Home – a platform specializing in home remodeling, real estate, and interior trends. Based in Georgia, he and his team offer advice to homeowners looking to upgrade their spaces nationwide. 

Plus, while Ina Garten's kitchen is by no means compact, Fred explains that a hue such as this is a powerful choice for those looking to accentuate their small kitchens. 

'Light gray with subtle green undertones brightens your kitchen, making it feel more spacious and welcoming. It's an excellent choice, especially if your kitchen lacks abundant natural light,' he comments. 

'Traditional Gray has been a dominant color in interior design for a while now, but by adding a hint of green, you're embracing the evolving color palette of 2023, which is likely to feature more earthy and nature-inspired tones.'

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'Ultimately, using light gray with green undertones on your kitchen cabinets will elevate the overall look and feel of the space,' Fred notes.

'It will bring a sense of tranquility and sophistication while also adding a touch of modernity. So why not jump on board with this beautiful color trend and see your kitchen transform into a stunning and welcoming haven?'

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.