If your kitchen feels starved for natural light or could use a few pops of room-warming color, yellow will invigorate your space with a sunshiny vibe. But don't think you have to paint everything lemon yellow during your kitchen remodel. The refreshing shade comes in a wide range of beautiful hues from amber to muted cream and chartreuse to saffron — and all shades will brighten things up while evoking that cozy feeling. To inspire you to liven up your cooking space, here are our favorite ideas for creating a yellow kitchen.
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Modern Yellow and Black Kitchen
One of the freshest décor trends of the year reinvents the classic yellow-and-brown 1970s kitchen. A favorite contemporary take is this cooking space by Australian design firm Atticus and Milo, which throws a black wall into the mix. Combining glossy surfaces with rustic textures makes this room feel up to date.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Yellow Base Cabinets
In this Cape Cod-style home by Alys Design based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, base cabinets serve up a heaping dose of lemon yellow. We appreciate how the bright shade warms up the crisp, pale walls.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Scandinavian Inspired Cooking Space
Yellow looks terrific against natural, unpolished timbers and even oak veneers as seen in this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen by We Are Papilio based in Somerset, England. The mustardy coloring matches the wood cabinetry while offsetting the stainless countertops.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Retro Inspired Yellow Kitchen
Pops of yellow enliven a vintage-inspired cooking space by Jackson Design & Remodeling based in San Diego, California. The star in this kitchen is the retro stove by Big Chill in buttercup. Underfoot are square floor tiles in shades of buttercream and golden wheat. The black border around the backsplash and countertop offsets the yellow subway tile.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Maple Gold Kitchen
When it comes to bold colors, the kitchen is the one place in a home you do not have to play it safe. A relevant instance is this charming example by interior designer, Heide Hendricks from Sharon, Connecticut. The cooking space conveys happiness thanks to a brilliant shade of maple gold. We just love how the energizing hue plays up the soapstone countertop.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Yellow, Red, and Gray Modern Kitchen
The brilliant primary hues in this kitchen by Aline Architecture are indeed an artistic feast for the eyes. Providing the backdrop are hand-painted gray subway tiles. Next yellow cabinets with hunter green detailing satisfy our inner Van Gogh. Lastly, red features, including the herringbone tile floor, sprinkle on exuberance.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Sunflower Yellow Shaker Cabinets
Cool colors can make an interior that does not receive much natural light feel dark and uninviting. That is why this U-shaped kitchen in a sun-deprived apartment beautifully remodeled by the Russian design firm Enjoy Home features punchy sunflower cabinets. Additional features worth noting include the gray quartz countertops, white subway tile backsplash, and black appliances. The latter is hiding behind custom cabinet panels.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
An exuberant shade of yellow pays off big in this modern farmhouse kitchen by JAS Design and Build based in Seattle. The optimistic hue adds visual warmth by taking the chill off the stark, white cabinetry.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Warm Up Neutral Kitchen Colors
Create the neutral kitchen of your dreams with cabinetry in a soft paint shade called butter. In this appealing cooking space by Justin Pauly Architects, based in Monterey, California, the creamy hue rivals white as an enduring classic.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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A Statement Making Appliance
A statement-making appliance can infuse a space with splashy style. To make the white kitchen in this New York City brownstone appear more playful than stark, the interior designers at Brooklyn-based Mammoth Projects installed a yellow Bertazzoni range.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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Colorful Kitchen With Concrete Countertops
There is a lot of eye candy in this colorful kitchen by London based R2 Studio Architects. Most notable is the bespoke yellow and blue cabinetry. Below one's feet is the apple green floor, which is a seamless rubber. The most durable features pictured are the countertops and backsplash made of cast concrete.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Eat-In Cooking Space With Yellow Kitchen Island
The eat-in kitchen is the heart of this Austin, Texas home by Chairma Design Group. Making a big splash is the yellow island with countertop seating. Wood accents and leafy plants contribute to the room's buoyant aesthetic.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Yellow Subway Tile Backsplash
Imoos Designs perked up this white kitchen in a Russian apartment with a few vibrant accents. Overhead is a Verner Panton, Flowerpot pendant lamp in lemon. The backsplash is yellow ceramic subway tile with whisper gray grout.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Vintage-Inspired Kitchen With Retro Features
Dappled across this kitchen by A3 Architects based in Dennis, Massachusetts, you will find snappy yellow features including a Viking stove with a matching range hood and metal bar stools.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Yellow Kitchen Brimming With Old-World Charm
Historic renovations like this one by New Jersey-based Fein Construction combine old-world charm with modern functionality. The design team captured the kitchen's original flavor with primitive-style cabinets in chrome yellow, a historic paint color. Where is the refrigerator, you may be wondering? All of the major appliances except for the oven are kept out of sight using cabinet panels. Doing so enhances the period look of the cooking space.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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Modern Yellow Kitchen With an Eye-Popping Wood Floor
Alma-Nac Architecture transformed a formerly dumpy London flat into an eye-popping apartment. The kitchen features glossy yellow cabinetry and statement-making herringbone flooring that combines painted wood planks with stained timber.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Pops of Yellow in an Industrial-Styled Kitchen
Interior designer and architect Julia Staroselsky perked up this industrial-style white kitchen with bold, yellow features. The cabinetry and also the retro-styled refrigerator by SMEG take the cooking space to a fresh new level. The brick wall adds a layer of visual warmth.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Yellow Quartz Countertops Are a Thing
This cooking space by London-based interior designer Clare Gaskin nails the Stranger Things vibe with bespoke cabinetry perhaps inspired by the show's infamous vines. Anchoring the kitchen is a yellow quartz countertop and sink combo. Quartz features like these in primary colors can be special ordered from Caesarstone or Silestone.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Paint Your Backsplash Yellow
A painted backsplash as shown in this cooking space by Seattle based SHKS Architects is a ridiculously simple way to heat up a kitchen with a splash of yellow. Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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Cheerful Kitchen With Yellow and Green Cabinetry
To be honest, we worship vibrant interiors like this cooking space by British interior design firm Draisci Studio. The kitchen's yellow-and-green color scheme was carefully chosen to elicit feelings of joy.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Canary Yellow Walls
In this charming cottage kitchen by New Avenue Homes, muted cream cabinets and butcher-block countertops balance a canary yellow wall.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Painting Inside Your Kitchen Cabinets
We think painting the inside of kitchen cabinets a contrasting shade should be a must. In this modern kitchen by London-based E2 Architecture and Interiors, white cabinetry opens to reveal an unexpected burst of yellow.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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Yellow and Red Kitchen
Yellow and red are the winning colors in this chic New York City kitchen by Manhattan-based Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. Here the happy colors pop against the mostly white space.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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Coastal-Style Kitchen With a Splash of Yellow
A kitchen in a small vacation home by B Architecture Studio gets a lift thanks to several custom updates. The yellow kitchen island and turquoise door pour on color. The concrete countertops boost practical function. The reclaimed wood backsplash came from locally sourced materials.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Add a Stunning Yellow Focal Point
Shake up a mostly blue kitchen with a stunning yellow focal point. A favorite, for instance, is this cooking space by Sustainable Kitchens based in the UK. Here a Bertazzoni professional series range with a double oven is the center of attention.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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How to Spice Up a Gray and White Kitchen
A few pieces of yellow furniture can spice up a neutral kitchen. Four metal stools give this transitional kitchen by Alys Design a playful twist.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Saffron Kitchen Cabinets
Tribe Creative London tricked out this kitchen in a London apartment with attention-getting saffron cabinets. The warm and cozy hue pairs beautifully with the oak herringbone flooring. The Carrera marble countertops and stainless steel backsplash both add contrast.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Bold Yellow Decorative Accents
Several yellow accents bring out the best in this cooking space by The Jack and Mare Design and Build, a firm based in Portland, Oregon. A sunshiny pendant light offsets the custom white cabinetry. Two counter-height yellow stools complement the blue kitchen island. A couple of yellow decorative pieces displayed on open shelving add whimsy.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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French Country Kitchen Bursting With Colors
This French country kitchen by Witt Construction is a dual-use space designed for both cooking and kicking back. Layers of texture, color, and lighting indeed make the kitchen the heart of the house. Anchoring things are the buttery yellow cabinets.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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Yellow Subway Tile Backsplash
In this modern rustic cooking space by Vermont-based Studio 3 Architecture, a yellow subway tile backsplash and sage green cabinetry warm up the stark white cabinets and cool stainless steel appliances.