Avocado kitchens cabinets, appliances, and paint — in the spotlight

frigidaire flair oven rangeFollowing my story about when Avocado was introduced as a color on major kitchen appliances, here’s a look at how some readers have used Avocado in their kitchens — along with a reminder about where to find this color (in one version) in my go-to paint color collection. Above: Wendy’s kitchen, from American Beauties: 25 vintage stoves and refrigerators from readers’ kitchens.

Avocado paint color from Sherwin-Williams’ classic mid century paint color palette

sherwin williams mid century modern paint colors
Above: Sherwin-Williams has an “Avocado” in its Suburban Modern paint colors collection — my go-to palette.
my office decorated but before the remodelAbove: The Sherwin-Williams Avocado is a dark avocado — like the ripened skin. I used it in my office once, before my krazee remodel. I found it to be a very cozy color.

Avocado in readers’ kitchens:

brady bunch kitchen designAbove: Recreating a Brady Bunch kitchen — Duane and Wendy show us how!
avocado refrigeratorAbove: The house that gobsmacked the Vintage Las Vegas historic home tour.
avocado kitchen cabinets Above, full-on avocado!: Addams Family meets Dick Van Dyke: Nanette, Brian and their three dogs’ long journey to their 1952 house.
avocado kitchenAbove: Jon and Trixi used Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations to paint their base cabinets avocado. I don’t think this is a a color choice that Rust-o expected!

All hail, mighty Avocado!

  1. Wini says:

    Avocado color is indeed a very interesting color to use. I think it’s lovely! Though I personally like the warm color tone, but the calmness of the 1970s is lovely too. Thank you for the fun article to read!

  2. Stacy says:

    Loving these stories on avocado ! I have a 1968 ranch with it’s orignial avocado green kitchen sink , as well as a 1969 avocado Maytag washer and dryer set. My kitchen is all original except for the appliances. Boy do I wish the avocado ones ( I’m sure they were avocado) were still there. I really hope they bring back some affordable avocado appliances. I’ll be the first in line.

  3. Tarquin says:

    Another fantastic avocado paint color is by Behr called “Retro Avocado.” It is a spot on match to the avocado that was used in the 1960’s & 70’s. The problem I had with it was the sheen. I ordered flat, but it dried, eggshell. Home Depot then told me that higher end paints no longer are dead flat. They now are all scrubbable, so they leave a sheen.

  4. Mary W says:

    I don’t know if you have Disney+, but I am so looking forward to Wandavision, just so I can see the furniture in the 50s, 60s, and 70s sets!

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