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15 Yellow Kitchen Cabinets For A Pop of Sunshine In Your Kitchen

15 Yellow Kitchen Cabinets For A Pop of Sunshine In Your Kitchen


Modern kitchens are often associated with neutral colors and strict design, but current design trends have debunked this stereotype time and time again. While clean lines and efficient navigation remain a priority, pops of color or even fully colorful kitchens have established themselves as viable and popular solutions. 

Black and white tale in a yellow kitchen

Image credits: Jonathan Borba

If your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light or you feel like it lacks color, yellow kitchen cabinets are a great way to help you with this. Being a warm color, yellow creates a cozy atmosphere and adds brightness to the space. It is even believed to make you feel happy. As a place where you spend some of the most important time of the day while cooking or gathering with a family for a meal, your kitchen would greatly benefit from acquiring these qualities. 

When remodeling their kitchen, a lot of people hesitate to incorporate yellow kitchen decor because it seems to be more challenging to coordinate with other design elements. But in fact, it’s much easier to balance yellow kitchen accessories and furniture with the rest of the space. So, if you’re looking for ways to add some sunshine to your kitchen or wonder what appliances will go well with your yellow kitchen cabinets, take a look at our favorite yellow kitchen ideas below. 

1. Add Black Accents

A lot of kitchenware on a yellow and black cabinet

Image credits: midcenturymam

Recreate that 70s vibe by adding black accents to your yellow kitchen. From island stools to appliances or even a black accent wall, this combination will give your kitchen a trendy, contemporary look. 

2. Go For Yellow Base Cabinets

Bright lemon yellow base cabinets with the kettle on it

Image credits: living_at_number29

If you think you might overdo the yellow effect, skip the upper cabinets. Instead, pair your bright lemon yellow base cabinets with white tile backsplash or paint to open up the space visually and fill it with light. 

3. Think Yellow Kitchen Walls

Dinning table with vintage chairs nearbyImage credits: bohome_uk_

You might be fully happy with your existing kitchen cabinets but still want to incorporate yellow in your kitchen. A great solution is painting the walls. Whether you decide to have mustard yellow walls in the entire space or just go for a warm curry yellow accent wall, the results will be stunning. 

4. Try Yellow Kitchen Tiles

Yellow tile in the wooden kitchen

Image credits: quarterlab_design_build


Use a yellow subway tile backsplash to add a pop of yellow to your kitchen and create a cozy background for your furniture and appliances. You can either cover the classical backsplash area or extend the tiles both horizontally and vertically.

5. Sprinkle in Yellow Kitchen Decor Accents

Dining table with yellow chairs and the bench with pillows

Image credits: baytkalthoum

If you’re still hesitant about making yellow the primary color of your kitchen, you can start small by adding yellow kitchen decor accents like chair pillows, planters, and small utensils. You don’t have to stick to one shade of yellow here. Play with hues and shapes to create depth and visual interest.  

6. Pair Your Yellow Kitchen Cabinets With Neutrals

A wooden dining table with a bowl full of fruitsImage credits: dirkjankinetinteriors

A great way to make your yellow kitchen cabinets stand out without making them feel too much is to pair them with neutrals. Think wooden countertops, chairs, or window trims.

7. Complement Yellow Kitchen Cabinets With a Yellow Fridge


Wooden island in the kitchen on the background of a yellow fridge

Image credits: annako0

Vintage fridges are back! And to make things even more interesting, they now come in every color possible. A yellow vintage fridge will make a great addition to any kitchen, from industrial to countryside.


8. Draw Attention to a Yellow Kitchen Island

A yellow kitchen island with a plate of fruits

Image credits: barbermillwork

If you need a central focal point in your kitchen, a yellow kitchen island is a great solution. Go for a contrasting white or neutral wooden countertop for maximum effect. Add more wood and yellow accents with chairs and cushions.

9. Enrich Your Style With Pops of Yellow

Kitchen with big window and yellow table top near the brick wall

Image credits: thecolourtribe

If you have an industrial-style kitchen with clean lines and strict aesthetics, you can still add sunshine and warmth to it with modern yellow kitchen cabinets or other pops of color. It will elevate the overall design. Plus, yellow looks really great against a brick wall!

10. Paint Your Cabinet Interiors Yellow

Image credits: dunnedwards

Put that yellow kitchen paint to work and transform the interior of your cabinets into a sudden rush of sunshine. The effect will double if the exterior of your cabinets is a contrasting neutral shade. 

11. Revive Mid-Century Modern Yellow Kitchen Cabinets

Floral covers in a light yellow kitchen


Image credits: jaunty_azeban

Mid-century aesthetics were definitely big on color. If you want to bring back the whimsy magic of the era to your cooking space, consider combining yellow with an orange glossy finish for surfaces. Add some white details, like trimming, for a bit of breathing room.

12. Experiment With Double-Color Cabinets

Dining table with chairs opposite bright yellow cabinets with cane rattan detailing

Image credits: voilainteriordesign

You can add depth and visual interest to your space if you have your cabinets painted in two colors. You can either choose two shades of the same palette, like cheerful canary yellow cabinet doors with light buttery trims or go for contrasting colors on the inside and outside. 

13. Tone It Down With Muted Yellow

Dining table with tablecloth in the center of a muted yellow kitchen

Image credits: 3600slvbld

Don’t forget that yellow comes in a variety of hues. If you prefer to create a calmer atmosphere but would still like to add sunshine to your kitchen, opt for warm amber or pastel cream. Brass fixtures and dark surfaces will add to the visual warmth. 

14. Add Complementary Colors

Beige and yellow cabinets near a grey wall

Image credits: mirapaloneva

If you make yellow the primary color in your kitchen, it doesn’t mean all other colors have to go. From sage green to every shade of gray to blush pink and deep maroon, there are endless possibilities for a harmonious contemporary kitchen.   


15. Make Yellow the Focal Point

Dining table with chair and bench on the background of a yellow curtain

Image credits: colifely

Yellow kitchen curtains or a statement lamp won’t go unnoticed. Just like yellow kitchen cabinets, they will help brighten up the space and make it even more inviting.  

Is a Yellow Kitchen a Good Idea?

Apart from being an interesting visual choice, incorporating yellow into your kitchen also gives you several other benefits. 

Kettle, coffee machine, toaster, kitchen hob on the table top near a yellow wall

Image credits: kjpargeter

  • It adds warmth and makes your kitchen brighter. This is especially important if your kitchen doesn’t get enough sunlight. 
  • While it is almost as light as a white kitchen, yellow can make your kitchen feel sunny and less strict. 
  • In the psychology of colors, yellow is deemed to energize and bring you happiness. 
  • You can choose from an entire spectrum of different hues to find your perfect shade of yellow. You can also pair yellow with a whole range of colors and textures to create a cohesive look.

So, Should You Go for Yellow Kitchen Cabinets?

Often, when planning a kitchen renovation and considering yellow cabinetry, you might be unsure whether it will work with the overall style of your kitchen. The trick here is to choose the correct hue. Go for bold yellow for your cabinets and walls in a modern or industrial-style kitchen. Choose softer pastel tones for a rustic feel in a country kitchen

Before You Start Renovating (FAQ)

If you’re getting ready to install some yellow kitchen cabinets in your kitchen, here are a couple of additional things you may find useful in the process.

Should Kitchen Cabinets and Floor Be the Same Color?

Light yellow cabinets in the kitchen


Image credits: ladyonchestnut

Instead of matching the floor with the cabinets, design experts advise contrasting them. This helps them not to blend in together and look flat. If you select a contrasting color for the floor, your cabinetry will stand out, creating visual depth. 

What Color Goes Bad With Yellow?

While any choice of color is a matter of taste, there are some common mistakes it’s better to avoid if you want your kitchen to look cohesive. Most interior designers suggest not using yellow paint with green and purple. While the first combination looks cheap and unprofessional, the second one may even create an optical illusion, which is something you don’t need in a space like a kitchen, where you spend a lot of your time.  

What Color Goes With Yellow Kitchen Cabinets?

colors wheels

Shelves with kitchen items on the black wall near the yellow cabinets

Image credits: behindtheyellowbee

If you’re not sure what colors go well with your yellow cabinetry, use the color wheel as a reference. You can opt for complementary or analogous schemes or even try a monochromatic look. White would be another error-proof choice. Add steel and wood textures and a couple of leafy plants to complete that timeless look. 

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I grew up with a color scheme like this back in the late sixties and through until the late seventies when everything took a 180 degree turn and suddenly went all “earth tones”—-basically stultifyingly dull beige and brown blah that stayed in style way Way WAY longer than it should have. Just one extreme to the other, with NO nice balance of color anywhere in between.

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I grew up with a color scheme like this back in the late sixties and through until the late seventies when everything took a 180 degree turn and suddenly went all “earth tones”—-basically stultifyingly dull beige and brown blah that stayed in style way Way WAY longer than it should have. Just one extreme to the other, with NO nice balance of color anywhere in between.

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