Yellow Kitchen Design Ideas to Brighten Up Your Cooking Space

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Muted Yellow Kitchen

yellow cabinets with built-in oven and microwave

Warm and casual, these yellow-painted cabinets feature a softness of hue that allows them to stretch from floor to ceiling without overwhelming the observer. Brown granite countertops and hardwood floor temper the yellow with earthy tones. Bronze hardware marries the two colors with simple round shapes. Displaying a collection of brown and cream-color pottery with organic motifs adds interest without clashing with the primary color.

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Kitchen with Yellow Walls

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With its scullery-style white cabinets and open shelving stacked with white dishes, this kitchen hearkens to an early 20th-century kitchen design. Buttery-yellow walls make all the difference, adding a warm, modern glow to the hard-working room. Dramatic black accents, such as the countertops, liner tiles in a white-tile backsplash, and window mullions and frames, bring drama to the light, bright space. A black-painted brick floor grounds the room with its solid presence.

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Celery Green and Yellow

Kitchen in Green and Yellow

Soft yellow walls and pastel green cabinets with the look of age partner beautifully in this cottage-style kitchen. The cabinets feature beaded-board detailing, turned legs on the peninsula, and molding added to the door and drawer fronts. Tone-on-tone mosaic tiles create a beautiful beige backsplash that smoothly blends into the beige granite countertop. Brown barstools and an oil-rubbed bronze faucet offer dramatic darks against the mostly pastel background.

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Arts and Crafts-Style Kitchen


This cozy kitchen combines yellow-painted cabinetry, white subway tiles, and a white farm sink to create a charming early-20th-century persona. Mission-style shelves mounted on sturdy corbels work well for displaying colorful vintage pottery, which pops against pale yellow walls.

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Kitchen with Yellow Tile

Kitchen with Yellow Tile

Rich, earthy colors accentuate this kitchen's unfitted English farmhouse feel. Buttery-yellow beveled-brick tiles comprise a backsplash that stretches from countertop to crown molding, creating a warm backdrop for barely gray Shaker-style cabinets. Woven area rugs soften pine floors, while cheerful striped fabrics dress the windows. Bright yellow seat cushions pop against a green-painted island topped with zinc; the island makes the large kitchen's work triangle manageable.

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Traditional Yellow Kitchen

traditional yellow kitchen with peninsula

Everything in this kitchen says traditional, from the furniture-style cabinets to the toile wallpaper and white ironware displayed on open shelves. Yellow paint highlights the cabinet details, including elaborate crown molding, raised panel doors and drawer fronts, and faux muntins over seeded glass insets. The island, which resembles an antique desk, anchors the room with its rich wood construction. A red-patterned Oriental rug calls attention to the red figures in the toile while offering a splash of color on the floor.

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Pale Yellow Cottage Kitchen

Pale Yellow Cottage Kitchen

Dark wood countertops add a dramatic touch in a kitchen that's sheathed in pale yellow. Almost neutral, the yellow paint allows the texture of the beaded-board paneling to play a significant role in the kitchen's design. Heavily veined marble adds an organic presence to a room ruled by lines. Above the sink, a vibrant painting draws together the room's colors with dabs of red and green that make it a focal point.

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Dramatic Yellow Kitchen

Dramatic Yellow Kitchen

Brilliant yellow cabinets give this classic kitchen charisma, especially when paired with a backsplash that features tiles with a yellow harlequin pattern that dances from side to side. Upper cabinets boast natural wood construction, with specialty glass inserts that partially obscure the pretty green and white dishes on display. Black granite countertops add drama, while a wide-planked hardwood floor offers an heirloom sensibility to a clearly contemporary room.

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Farmhouse Fresh Kitchen

Farmhouse Fresh Kitchen

Part of a 150-year-old home, this restored kitchen features creamy white-painted stock cabinets teamed with buttery-yellow walls and black stone countertops and backsplashes. An old-fashioned farmhouse sink also adds to the period ambiance. Drawer pulls and knobs in the same silver finish add a luxury look to the DIY project. Glass-front cabinet doors allow a fresh and light assortment of dishes in green, white, and other pastels to be displayed.

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Double Color Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Yellow-and-White Cabinets

Despite the presence of an eight-burner range and stainless-steel hood sized to match, this pro-amenity-packed kitchen presents an old-fashioned cheeriness thanks to a yellow-and-white color palette. The upper cabinets are white with yellow interiors (all the better to display contents). Lower cabinets combine white face frames and yellow center panels. Yellow marble covers the baking center's countertop. At the same time, butcher block adds its warm glow to work stations elsewhere in the room.

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Yellow Goes Contemporary


Fashionable tones of yellow and gray give this contemporary kitchen a glowing personality. Modular cabinets feature glossy surfaces of intense yellow, tempered by gray slab countertops. A mosaic tile backsplash makes a statement in the room, merging yellow and gray tiles to tie the color scheme together. The lower cabinets, range hood, and island boast stained wood that warms up the sleek surfaces used throughout the rest of the room.

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Pop of Yellow Kitchen


Yellow birch cabinets with a distressed finish make a colorful statement against walls of white subway tile. Adding black slab countertops and hardware guarantees that this period-style kitchen makes a strong style statement. Although neutral in color, the stainless-steel hood's shapely silhouette makes it and the commercial-style range beneath a focal point.

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Sunny Yellow Kitchen


Instead of replacing the cabinets to get a new look, paint does the trick here. The cabinets were sanded, coated with an oil-based primer, and finished with two coats of semigloss latex enamel. The color brightens the room, and the enamel finish is easy to clean. Open shelves make a perfect spot for displaying ironware. Sheathing the island in white beaded-board paneling makes it a gracious focal point in a warm, homey room.

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Buttery Yellow Kitchen


Old-fashioned looks, such as the embossed stainless steel above the range and the beaded-board ceiling and island base, form the basis for a warm and inviting intimacy in this period-inspired kitchen. But it's the buttery yellow paint that makes this kitchen a standout.

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