Yellow is a bold design choice, but it’s popular in adventurous kitchens for a good reason – it’s a cheerful color full of energy and optimism, associated with cleanliness and freshness. Part of this energetic perception contributes to its association with the marketing of healthy foods. It’s appetizing! Yellow is the color of ripe bananas and fresh citrus fruits like tart pineapples and lemons. And if you’re working with an especially dark kitchen, there’s simply no better way to brighten the space and let this warm natural tone bring nature to you. Check out our yellow room inspiration post to see ideas for the rest of the home.
Quirky vintage appliances and artwork lend themselves to a purely contemporary style thanks to a vivid palette built from bright shades of lemon yellow and tangerine – a pairing reminiscent of technicolor daffodils.
Although the first image shows wooden chair options, these yellow stools use slight variations as a great way soften the effect of a pure yellow theme without reducing the desired level of intensity.
Each material seems carefully chosen to accent the brighter portions of the color palette. Yellow brings out the sunny tones of the wood, and the polished coppery bronze seems to reflect the depth of the orange.
Other accents are more subtle but still fall along the spectrum of spicy appetizing hues – the deep carmine radio and coffee grinder and sage green scale are just two gorgeous examples.
The climbing vines in the slat-covered atrium bring nature into the kitchen, immediately drawing any fresh green ingredients into the overall design theme.
Open directly to the outdoors, the glossy yellow cabinetry wraps around the kitchen and into the traditionally styled dining room. Textural wall panels offer a matte counterbalance to the more radiant materials.
This kitchen serves as an incredible example of using color blocking to distinguish the kitchen from the rest of the open layout living space. It’s a perfect cube of vibrant yellow, encompassing each working surface and even the floor.
Here’s another perfectly monochromatic kitchen, with the only variation coming by way of the metal utensils – a great way to connect with the metal Eames chairs in the dining area. It’s a bold look and a daring approach to minimalist kitchen design.
A black and white background allows the yellow kitchen island and cabinetry to stand boldly at center stage. It’s also interesting to note the variety of woods used throughout, different on the bookshelf, countertop, and background cabinets.
While the chairs are the only yellow pieces of furniture here, the kitchen itself carries on the theme with a carefully curated collection of yellow storage jars, coffee cups, and other functional additions.
What a cool industrial-inspired kitchen! A single stripe of yellow runs across the floor to climb the cabinetry and loops back over across the ceiling. Matching accessories dot the open shelves and bright metal fencing leaves a lasting impression.