Yellow Kitchen Cabinets

Sunny yellow kitchen cabinets make the entire house seem brighter.
Modern Yellow Kitchen With Rustic Pine Floor

Modern Yellow Kitchen With Rustic Pine Floor

Bold, yellow contemporary cabinets and stainless steel stove appliance juxtapose nicely with the original pine flooring in this modern kitchen. The removal of a wall between the kitchen and dining room provides for a bigger spot to entertain.

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By: Melissa Webster

Yellow kitchen cabinets are like happiness, positivity and optimism come to life. They brighten any home, as well as any mood, and turn your kitchen into the favorite gathering room for any family function.

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Sleek Uptown Look

If you can tear your eyes away from the fabulous glass-bubble chandelier, check out these countertops: Absolute Black leather-finish granite throughout, plus serving stations and a custom-made tabletop in a complementary Iron Red polished granite. Designer Gwyneth Hand chose black laminate and charcoal-stained oak cabinets to complete the look. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchens

Cool and Glamorous

Calacatta Gold countertops — an Italian white marble with gray and gold veins — set the tone for this contemporary kitchen. Designer Erinn Valencich took a classic white palette, warmed it by marrying white lacquer and gray-stained oak cabinets, and added a retro touch with a mirrored mosaic tile backsplash. Photo courtesy of Erinn Valencich.

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Want Harmony? Think Contrast

Although designer Jennifer Gilmer uses a bold orange for the walls and an exotic Macassar ebony veneer on the custom cabinetry in this kitchen, the look is still serene thanks to the addition of high-gloss white cabinets. "Combining dark and light keeps it warm while adding some sparkle," Gilmer says. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchens

Mediterranean Meets the Modern Era

Although Sarah Barnard designed this kitchen for a Mediterranean estate, she avoided a stuffy Old World look by adding wow factor. The deep charcoal hood over the cooking station pops against the toffee-colored cabinets, and the embossed concrete backsplash and armless chair are transitional touches that keep the composition contemporary. Photo courtesy of Sarah Barnard Design

Hip to the Nth Degree

Steve Johnson and Bradford Fox designed this kitchen's two colossal islands to anchor a 1500-square-foot open space. One island boasts a CaesarStone quartz countertop, the other stainless steel to complement the red lacquer and maple Poggenpohl cabinetry. Cool touch: The translucent glass backsplash changes color on demand. Photo courtesy of Poggenpohl Atelier Inc.

Two Islands Better Than One

In a large kitchen, designer Heather Hungeling prefers to create two smaller islands instead of one behemoth — a too-large island becomes an obstacle to get around instead of a boost to functionality. Here, one island is topped in granite and the other in warm, rich Iroko butcher block (an African hardwood). Photo courtesy of Heather Hungeling

Study in Black and White

Despite the presence of traditional elements such as the chandelier and crown molding, this isn't your grandma's black-and-white kitchen. Designer Angela Shannon used a 60-inch Wolf oven, high-gloss white Poggenpohl cabinets, Marron Cohiba granite countertops with metallic flecks and clear Starfire glass bar-height countertops to create a luxurious contemporary feel. Photo courtesy of Angela Shannon

Bigger Is Better

Outsized scale creates a larger-than-life effect in this kitchen designed by Heather Hungeling. The massive oak island and ivory Edwardian-style cabinetry are balanced by a contemporary-feeling backsplash with a sleek metallic finish. Lesson: Don't be afraid to mix traditional elements with of-the-moment accessories. Photo courtesy of Heather Hungeling

High Tech, High Style

Designer Leslie Meyers incorporated the latest technological wizardry to keep the lines of this ultra-contemporary kitchen bright and unbroken: an interactive glass LED-lit backsplash, pop-up electrical outlets and aluminum appliance garages. The high-gloss black and white Poggenpohl cabinetry, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and granite countertops appear practically seamless. Photo courtesy of Leslie Meyers

Ranging from subtle creams to deep bold gold, yellow can be the subtle background to busy activity or the warm catalyst that invites a sense of peace.

The perfect antidote to a dreary space without much natural lighting, yellow kitchen cabinets naturally give the impression of the outdoors on a sunny day, especially when yellow is paired with natural hues such as lime, green grass, Granny Smith apple green and/or the blues of the sky. A nice alternative to white, a pale creamy yellow gives just a hint of color while still maintaining the crisp, clean modern look usually associated with white. A bold sunflower yellow trimmed with turquoise, black and red accents invites a little spice from just south of the border. The refreshing splash of lemon yellow cools off any space to make your kitchen burst with summer all year around. Yellow is happy. It's cheerful. It's calming and cool.

With yellow kitchen cabinets, it's all in the accents and trims, accessories and appliances, and the creative way you apply the yellow itself. A trend I love that has gotten really popular is the use of a slightly—almost imperceptibly—lighter shade on the top cabinets from the shade of yellow you use on the bottom cabinets. This gives an instant facelift to an overused room, and it lightens and brightens the mood of your kitchen without being overly dramatic. As with any color you use, too much of one color can hurt the eyes and frazzle the nerves. So mix it up and make sure you take care in choosing the complementary colors to show off the tone and feel of the kitchen you want without creating an overwhelming effect.

The yellow and its complementary colors that are right for you can be easily found on any color wheel provided by a home improvement store's paint department. You can also go onto different paint brands' online color studios for virtual tours as you test out your favorite colors and the different looks and styles available to you. There is also software you can download to help you decide on the exact shade of yellow you want for your kitchen. With yellow, your cabinets are sure to be a showplace you'll happily brag about.

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