20 Green Kitchens : How Mother Earth Would Want Your Kitchens To Be

The use of eco-friendly materials and design for the homes that are being erected nowadays is a big hit; not only for the designers, decorators and contractors but also for the clients themselves. Truth be told, more and more people are now conscious in terms of these things and do their best to try and practice the many ways to conserve energy and limit their carbon footprints.

Even when I was in college, we were encouraged to use eco-friendly materials in design projects that we were given – but of course, the use of these materials is not enough. Designing more windows or skylights and clerestories are some of the things you can do at home to conserve energy and have more efficient design – check out the kitchen designs we have collated below for you to see what we are talking about.

1. 2222 NE Stanton St, Portland, OR

Green Kitchens

Dana Austin Griggs | Real Estate Group

“One-of-a-kind home in the heart of Irvington. NW modern architecture with luxury finishes throughout. The wide open layout is an entertainer’s dream. The living room is anchored by a custom fireplace & opens to an outside balcony. The Zen master suite features a spa like bath, great closets & built-ins. Unique modernism meets eco-friendly functionality.”

2. Bamboo Kitchen Cabinet at San Carlos

eco-friendly kitchen

Demetra Cabinetry Inc.

This eco-friendly kitchen sure is sleek, elegant and contemporary.

3. Best Road


Studio Sarah Willmer

Sure, unloading a dishwasher is easier if there’s a cabinet right there so you can easily put away those dishes. But why not use an adjacent storage cabinet or dish drawer? That way you can have glorious windows like these to capture the light.

4. Concord Green Home

interior design

ZeroEnergy Design

In this eco-friendly Massachusetts home, interior designer Lisa Kauffman Tharp installed several pieces of bold lighting in the kitchen. The pendants over the island are gorgeous – but what really caught our eye were the two-armed wall lights over the top cabinets.

5. Contemporary Home in Encino, CA

Photovoltaic panels

Structure Home

Photovoltaic panels supply power to the home and pool and dramatically reduce energy consumption year round. Tankless water heaters, bamboo cabinetry and flooring, and tight high quality insulation further reduce the environmental footprint of the home and make it more sustainable.

6. Deluxe in Alexandria

custom millwork

Erin Hoopes

The custom millwork was done to replicate the look of the cabinetry in the open concept family room. This completely custom renovation was eco-friend and is obtaining LEED certification.

7. Denmark Contemporary Kitchen

light kitchen

Josina Bergsøe

Like the rest of the house, the kitchen remains light, bright and open to the view of the garden. Quirky Bombo bar chairs add a more modern element to the kitchen space. Under-counter cabinetry keeps the space feeling open, while a few colorful accessories and a modern pendant tie the room to the rest of the home’s style.

8. Victorian Workers Cottage Addition

bay window

Danny Broe Architect

The north-facing bay window fills the space with sunlight. Broe even installed a small window at counter level to capture extra light and illuminate the workspace. The Tasmanian oak flooring added throughout the house has a matte finish for a light and airy feel. The ceiling of the window bay is much lower than the ceiling in the rest of the space, making the window seat feel cozier and more intimate.

9. Inverness

picture window

Neiman Taber Architects

Again we see the large fixed picture window above the sink.

10. Jewell Street Addition

Green Kitchens

Webber + Studio, Architects

Otherwise, a window that’s low enough lets you see when they’re ready to come in. Can you spot the little guy here?

11. LEED Gold – Houston

sustainable elements

RD Architecture

Since this home was certified LEED Gold, there are numerous sustainable elements in this kitchen. Quartz – one of the most abundant materials on the planet- was used for the countertops as an alternative to natural stone. The lighting is all eco-friendly fluorescent lighting – the team worked hard to elevate the lighting in this kitchen beyond the standard idea of fluorescent lighting.

12. McGee Salvage House

eco-friendly ways

Leger Wanaselja Architecture

The couple found eco-friendly ways to color and seal their floors as well. Natural earth pigments give the concrete its warm tones; it is sealed with a soy-based binder and a water-based sealer.

13. New Edinburgh Project

Ottawa kitchen

Christopher Simmonds Architect

I love the openness of this Ottawa kitchen – the material used on the walls and the cabinets and the counters too.

14. New Moon Rising

Eclipse windows

Synthesis Design Inc.

Eclipse windows above the sink fold away to create an open pass-through with bar seating on the other side. “The patio takes on a whole new function in warmer months,” Best says.

15. Palmerston Kitchen

lime hue

Heffel Balagno Design Consultants

A nice fresh lime hue on the seating also goes well with a modern island design. It is not too bold, but still stands out and looks great with chrome. For a special event, bring in splashes of that color to the top of the island with flowers or a bowl of limes and lemons.

16. Westgarth Timber Project


Ben Callery Architects

Look at the cabinet beside the refrigerator; it’s actually stunning. I love the pendant lights too.

17. Rockstar Victorian Kitchen

modern vintage

Re:modern Design

An eco-friendly kitchen with a mix of vintage and modern crafted details.

18. Seattle Contemporary Kitchen

cherry cabinets

Cope and Pattern

The cherry cabinets in this kitchen were finished with an eco-friendly, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) clear coat. The Shaker style cabinets and doors were built with 1/8? spacing, offering a clean and streamlined look. Banquette seating provides a cozy eating area as well as large roll-out storage drawers.

19. South Clark Avenue

backsplash design

Elevation Architects

This kitchen is super stunning for me – love the details on the backsplash, the material of the cabinets and the long window.

20. Sunnyvale Eco-Friendly mEco Toffee Bamboo Kitchen

Green Kitchens

Demetra Cabinetry Inc.

Look at the toffee bamboo used for the cabinets and the drawers of this Sunnyvale kitchen – like the huge window too!

There you have it guys – kitchen designs which used a more eco-friendly, Mother Earth-friendly approach to their designs. The designers on this list practiced using green materials and green practices that makes the spaces more nice but still maintaining the love and concern for nature.