12 Earth Tone Kitchen Ideas

White kitchens have been riding the popularity wave for years now (my own kitchen is white), but wood finishes and neutral tones add warmth and cozy appeal to the heart of the home. Enjoy these earth tone kitchen ideas to add an organic element to your own cooking space.

Wood Ceiling and Wood Floor in Earth Tone KitchenPhoto by Crisp Architects

Natural kitchen cabinetry shows the beauty and rich intricacy of wood grains. To keep the kitchen bright, a white subway tile and light brick floor was chosen. So much earthy goodness in this cooking space!

Rich Wood Grain Cabinets with White Subway Tile and Brick FloorPhoto by Crown Point Cabinetry

Pair white appliances with natural wood cabinets for a fresh look in an earth tone kitchen.

Craftsman Style Kitchen with Wood Cabinets and White AppliancesPhoto by Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, Inc.

Black counter tops lend a bit of sophistication in this country style kitchen with its beamed white ceiling, vintage pendant lights, and farmhouse sink.

Wood Kitchen Cabinets and Painted Vault CeilingPhoto by Flagg Coastal Homes

If you’re a little more daring, opt for a black marbled counter top and sink.

Earth Tone Kitchen with Black Marble Counter Tops and Wood CabinetsPhoto by Crisp Architects

For some, an earth tone kitchen might sound a bit ho-hum. Add a playful patterned floor to lend unique interest to the room.

Earth Tone Kitchen with Geometric Floor TilePhoto by

Who can resist a natural stone or brick wall? The texture immediately adds organic charm in a kitchen. The owners used colors in the stone as inspiration for the room’s color scheme.

Country English Kitchen with Stone Wall Photo by Sustainable Kitchens

Rather than white cabinets, consider a light taupe instead. Paired with wood floors and a wood kitchen island, the look is classic and timeless. Note how the window inserts are painted a darker color than the frames. A two-toned window always creates dimension in a room.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Wood Floors and Taupe CabinetsPhoto by Fluidesign Studio

Natural wood covers a hood vent adding rustic charm to this beautiful kitchen. A blue tile back splash lends just a hint of color tucked into the pale brick alcove.

Brick walls and blue tile back splash in a rustic kitchenPhoto by New Old, LLC

An earth tone kitchen can still display a dominant color of white. Natural wood elements create a rustic and organic vibe while charming school pendant lights infuse a touch of whimsy.

Shabby Chic Style Kitchen in White with Natural WoodPhoto by Hello Kitchen

An earth tone kitchen sets a warm mood making the space truly feel like the comforting heart of the home.

Earth Tone Country KitchenPhoto by RedAgape Blog

Decorate a kitchen with plenty of plants for a true “earthy” and organic style kitchen. White walls and cabinets play beautifully off the dark tile floors. Don’t have a green thumb? Hang botanic art work!

White Kitchen with Dark Tile Floors and Plenty of HouseplantsPhoto by deVOL Kitchens

Are you a fan of using earth tones and organic elements in the kitchen?

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  1. Pretty kitchens! I have wanted white cabinets forever. But my husband does NOT agree with that idea, loves the oak look. Since he’s really cooperative with all of my other interior design ideas, I’ve given up the fight and have a lot of earth tones in mine. It’s one of those times when compromise is necessary! Nice to see these other beautiful kitchens, some with oak cabinets!

    1. Hi Judy!
      Oak cabinets are making a comeback so maybe your desire for white ones will start to fade. At least your hubby is cooperative with your other decorating decisions! 🙂

  2. I love an earth toned kitchen with wood accents, but still prefer white cabinets – at least on the perimeter. The photo with the natural brick wall was one of my favorites, as was the very first photo. My problem with wood cabinets is that over time they have a tendency to look orange, especially those made of oak. The plant filled kitchen is amazing, but I would not be able to maintain a mass of them. One or two in the kitchen I can keep alive, but more than that and it just becomes sad and pitiful.

  3. I LOVE the earthtones!! I have taupe cabinets, brown quartz countertops, brown brick backsplash, wood floors & a color that was called Earth Brown on my walls. You can have the white, I will take color any day. And I would love to have oak cabinets, but the previous owner painted the cabinets yellow. Ewwww!

  4. Lots of great choices. i have some white cabinets and some earth tone glass front cabinets and have never had the urge to change them. I cut a picture out of a magazine and told my kitchen contractor that was what i wanted. I do wish it were a little bigger but no where to go without adding on to the house. Thanks Jennifer, i love looking at kitchens.

    1. I am having a decorating dilemma. I have a large kitchen with lots of cabinets. Currently they are stained wood. Can’t decide if I should have them refinished or paint them a neutral type that would go with my counters and walls. My appliances are white. Any thoughts from you or your readers?? Been in this house for about 6yrs and 2020 is the year I have to do something!

      1. Go for the paint! So many nice colors are in style now. To be fair…after a lifetime I just don’t like wood tone cabinets, especially oak, and after hating ours for 20 years we finally gutted the kitchen and put in a pretty off white. If you have oak please note that they need a coat of something to prime out the grain or it will show through and not look so good painted.

  5. I have older oak cabinets that are in great shape. I think the white and other painted kitchens are very pretty. I have painted cabinets in my laundry room and powder room, but I honestly love my wood cabinets in my kitchen. They are warm and cozy. I have white trim and light wall paint, so the space remains light. I like cottage and vintage styles, and I could make that work with my older cabinets.
    https://www.houzz.com/photo/110720042-my-pics-work-in-progress I like individual kitchens that reflect the individual style of the family that lives in the home. I like seeing many different types of kitchens done with creativity – whether with painted or stained cabinets. Thank you for showing this variety of very pretty kitchens!

  6. I could happily live with these colors for a very long time. My favorite is the kitchen with the stone walls. Just love it.