A quick and easy way to add a bold splash of yellow to the kitchen is on the island. Having trouble selecting the exact hue? Try pulling it from another element in the space, such as the wall tile, as was done here. The bold color is balanced out when it’s also used elsewhere in the room.
Here’s another yellow island in a decidedly more traditional kitchen. The lively hue really sets off the beautiful countertop, making it the focal point of this elegant space. Don’t be afraid to mix and match neutrals with a bolder accent color. A neutral base or background allows you to have fun with a smaller chunk of a bolder hue.
More and more I’m noticing kitchen accent colors branching out from the island and moving onto wall cabinets and pantry doors. When you put a rich yellow hue on wall cabinets, it really draws the eye up the wall.
Pick a pantry or another slice of cabinetry for a colorful accent and keep the remaining cabinets white or wood-toned. It breaks up the color and gives the kitchen a custom look.
For a similar look: Slightly softer than the previous bold gold, Yellow Bird by Sherwin-Williams is a rich, warm option for kitchen accents.
Cladding all your kitchen cabinets in an assertive yellow will likely come on too strong for most. By limiting it to a smaller section of cabinetry, as done here, you get the perfect punch of color without overwhelming the eye.
For a similar look: Dilly Dally from PPG invokes sunshine on a warm summer day.
3. Shelf Niche
Speaking of open shelves, I’m a huge fan of them, assuming you can keep them somewhat tidy. I recommend displaying only items that get used often — such as everyday dishes — so they don’t collect dust. It also helps to have an adequately powered venting hood to keep grease from accumulating.
If open shelves work for you and how you cook and clean, think about highlighting the wall behind the shelves with a fun accent color, as was done here with a saffron yellow.
If your kitchen has to have a post or beam running through it, you can opt to cover it up or attempt to camouflage it by having it painted the same color as the wall or ceiling. Another option is to make lemonade from lemons and treat it as a fun focal point.
For a similar look: Definitely not for the timid, Sunny Side Up from Kelly-Moore asserts itself in a room, so use it sparingly for items that you really want to stand out.
5. Accent Wall
During my own recent home renovation, I found I had serious commitment issues when it came to selecting wall tiles. I’m drawn to lively colors, but I worried about going too bold for the kitchen backsplash, growing tired of the color, then wanting to change it out after a while — a waste of money and resources.
If you’re similarly fickle about wall tiles, one option is to run your countertop material (or a neutral tile) up behind the sink area to protect the part of the wall that needs it most, then paint the remaining wall an accent color. If you ever grow tired of the wall color, you can easily have it repainted.
What's a "wow!" exterior these days? Think bold, clean lines. Maybe a touch of stone. Graceful porch columns. These new house plans deliver head-turning style and modern open layouts. Sleek Metal Roof This bold design shows the modern side of Prairie style with its sleek and low-pitched metal roof and lots of windows. Double columns draw your eye to the entry porch. Inside, a great room flows into an island kitchen and open dining room for a modern feeling. A two-sided fireplace warms the great room and the rear porch. Upstairs, the master suite shows off a big shower, two sinks, and a walk-in closet. All three bedrooms enjoy easy access to the laundry room and media lounge. Four-Bedroom Farmhouse You’ll find all the modern must-haves inside this chic farmhouse. A large island anchors the kitchen, which overlooks both the great room and open dining area. Step out to the rear porch from these gathering rooms or from the relaxing master suite. Family-friendly
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