Love Your Colourful Kitchen 4 - Warm Yellows

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

Yellow has to be one of the most loved colours for kitchen decorating and is seen in a number of styles from Mediterranean, retro, country to contemporary and back again! Bright and cheery, reminiscent of warm sunny days and easy to live with - yellow is like your best friend. This colour will even help to settle nerves when cooking for a big crowd and to keep spirits high.

There are many shades of yellow from a buttery cream to a bright and zesty lemon - go with the shade that calls out to you on first glance or the one that provokes the mood you wish to have in your kitchen. An industrial style kitchen with lots of stainless steel and reflective surfaces is given a twist with distressed yellow cabinets (think painted birch wood).

Alongside white walls and a white tiled splash back, the slightly rustic yellow of the cabinets gives the kitchen more character. A wood polished floor will compliment the warm yellow and create a balance for metallics and other reflective surfaces. Choose yellow for the kitchen when you like the look of traditional English interiors - its a classic colour choice.

Here, yellow can really project the cosiness of a family kitchen whether large or small. Start with a pale yellow for the walls with white skirts and mouldings; choose a shade or two darker for kitchen cabinets and stop it from looking too pasty with a rich wood island unit and perhaps wooden ceiling beams for optimum appeal. Want year round sunshine and that happy vibe associated with warm summer days?

Yellow kitchens all the way! You can easily update a kitchen without having to splash out on brand new cabinetry - just with a layer or two of your favourite paint colour. If you want to do the project yourself, first sand down the cabinets before priming them with an oil base coat; use an enamel base paint in the happiest yellow out there - it will be easy to wipe clean too.

Yellow is great to work with in small or darker kitchens where you need to put emphasis on the light available and create the feeling of a bright, sunny room. Go for a contemporary style kitchen with white gloss units, polished floor tiles or parquet and yellow painted walls. If you have a large area kitchen rugs can add a touch of homeliness and warmth to flooring.

If you use a slightly lighter shade on the walls, you can afford a shot of vibrant yellow at the windows - fabric wholesalers UK will show you all the wonderful plain or patterned yellow fabrics that can be used to make your own kitchen blinds or curtains for the kitchen.

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