Yellow is the colour of sun, the colour of joy. And if you don’t live on a continent blessed with year-round sunshine, it’s an ideal hue for adding some instant brightness and warmth. As a colour choice, some may feel it lacks sophistication, so best to keep it to rooms where you can let its playful nature sing.
This makes it an ideal choice for a busy, happy kitchen. Yellow kitchen ideas make a friendly, fun, warm place to start the day and give the golden glow of a welcoming hearth at the close of it. And there are more many subtle ways to get the look if you don’t want to commit to yellow kitchen cabinets. Try some of these easy ways to let the sunshine in.
Yellow paint colours are a popular choice for dining spaces and eat-in kitchens. They can create an energetic, joyous tone in the morning and during lunchtime sun, and with warm light create a cosy and gentle haven to return home to for a wintry supper. This is a colour, however, that demands familiarity with your paint chart.
Yellow paint can be eye wateringly bright so head into more measured territory. A mustard yellow paint will create a more elegant look (with some black in curtain or cushion trim for extra sophistication) or a pale yellow paint for a country kitchen look. Yellow tiles can create the feel without committing to a whole wall, or even spruce up odd chairs in a uniting shade of yellow furniture paint. Yellow also works very well with duck egg blue paint if you want to create contrast and a feel of French whimsy, like a blue dining bench in front of yellow kitchen walls.
Yellow has the effect of changing any tone that comes into contact with it, including light. This vivid yellow metallic Venetian blind in a slim slat, even when fully open, will warm and soften the light as it filters through it, no matter how cold or bleak the day. Here this robust tone adds to the 1950s styling of the peppermint fridge and orange clock.
Anyone looking for yellow kitchen ideas and a fan of bright colour should consider this period for inspiration; a diner feel is a great way to keep the relaxed fun in a kitchen scheme.
Walls, But Not As We Know Them
Yellow home décor may be something you’d like to explore, but can’t commit to a full revamp or have a reluctant co-decorator who is unsure about the bold choice of yellow kitchen units or doors. However, you can still create a decisive look.
If you have large windows, use a long bank of window coverings like these Duette blinds to give a broad expanse of colour, or consider other yellow kitchen ideas that punch above their weight, such as a yellow kitchen splash back. This can be a great way to add a striking stripe of colour to a grey and yellow kitchen scheme.
As an accent, yellow holds a special place in the design arsenal. It can inject instant fun and energy through only one or two items. Yellow kitchen accessories such as a yellow bin or metallic yellow toaster can be a counterpoint to cool greys or whites. If you simply want to pep up a new kitchen design (or old) at breakfast, bowls or mugs give instant lift but you can stick to a more grown-up colour in tableware at night, such as classic white china or smoky grey. Instant happy.
If our yellow kitchen ideas have you inspired by this joyous shade, try our inspiring summer bedroom decorating ideas to keep the season alive.