Yellow Paint for Kitchens

Discover the best yellow paint colors for your kitchen.


Sunny and cheerful, yellow is a smart color to choose when painting your kitchen. But finding the right yellow paint for kitchens isn't always easy.

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With yellow kitchen paint colors, there are many directions you can go. The choices range from "country cottage" to "industrial chic" depending on the shade you desire.

For a traditional look, try painting your walls a buttery yellow to add a warm glow to the room. Benjamin Moore's Inner Glow and Donald Kaufman Color Collection's DKC-30 are good options that will have a calming effect on your kitchen. If you're looking for a more modern vibe, try Benjamin Moore's Dalila or Farrow & Ball's Citron 74. Bright and playful, these colors feel like sunshine in a can.

Whichever shade you choose, remember that yellows that have more brown in them, as opposed to green, work beautifully with wood accents. Avoid yellows that resemble mustard and opt for shades that are warm and soothing or bright and happy. Benjamin Moore's Golden Straw is another good option that can cast a warm glow, while Benjamin Moore's Sundance resembles a slice of fresh pineapple.

Other yellow paints for kitchens include Golden Honey or Sundance, both by Benjamin Moore.

Yellow paint can also work wonders on cabinets and will really wake up a boring space. To keep the room warm and soothing, choose a classic shade such as Benjamin Moore's Hawthorne Yellow, a shade that would pair well with granite countertops and creamy accents. If you're more adventurous and want your cabinets to really pop, try Farrow & Ball's Citron 74, a striking hue that would stand out against a white tiled backsplash.

Before settling on the perfect shade of yellow, assess the entire room. Figure out what color cabinets, countertops, backsplash and appliances you plan to use. If you're only changing the color of your walls or cabinets, make sure the color you choose works with whatever else you have in the room.

When working with yellow paint, it's essential to select shades you love and won't grow tired of. It's also important to consider resale value when selecting colors for your kitchen. You might love neon yellow cabinets, but if and when you decide to sell your home, these types of design choices might turn off potential buyers. Ask yourself if you'll still love such strong colors in a few years. If you don't think you will, try them out in your pantry or inside your cabinets instead. If you really love them, you can always use them in bigger doses in your kitchen in the future.

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