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Why Yellow Works in the Kitchen

Interior Designers Use Neutral Paint Colors to Open up Small Spaces and Minimize Cleaning Chores

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Fresh vegetables in a yellow kitchen, photo courtesy of Forewardcom

Few rooms, if any, see as much traffic as your kitchen area, and there are hundreds of color palettes that work well in this room. Some work better than others, and some provide a unique atmosphere that almost has a life of its own. Yellow is one of these kitchen-friendly colors.

There are a few reasons why yellow works in the kitchen, regardless of size, shape, or décor.

Yellow is a very functional color. Depending on the shade of yellow, it goes very well with almost every other color in the color spectrum, from black to white and everything in between. It can be paired with many beautiful modern metals or warm traditional wood finishes without a problem, and offers a peaceful and inviting atmosphere.

It’s a great standalone color, and different shades can be combined to design a warm and airy kitchen.

Use a particular shade of yellow to start conversations when entertaining new guests or old friends. If a certain shade means something special to you, it can open up a way to let people get to know you.

For example, you and your spouse met on a bright, sunshiny day. Use a pale shade of yellow to represent sunshine, and decorate with sunny accents, such as wall art and dishes featuring a sun. There are thousands to choose from, depending on cost and size.

Interior Designers Use Neutral Paint Colors Open up Small Spaces

Yellow is a great option for small kitchens. Hues that are bright neutrals make a room look larger and taller. Yellow, in almost any shade, is the perfect example of a bright neutral.

Bring the color onto the ceiling a few inches or add mirrors and glass to reflect light, and even a very small kitchen will see a marked improvement quickly. For touches of color, decorate with colored accents, such as dishes, backsplash, flooring, and fixtures.

The trick to enlarging a small kitchen without construction is to maximize the room’s potential, however possible. Paint and decoration can make a huge difference in how the room feels.

If a room feels open and spacious, it will look bigger to those who see it, regardless of actual size.

A Color that Minimizes Cleaning Chores

Yellow camouflages dirt well. Parents and singles alike will appreciate a low maintenance color scheme that allows more room for a busy schedule. Since yellow does not readily show dirt, it will not need to be scrubbed as often as other shades, such as black and white, that show dirt and grime easily.

Whether you choose yellow for one part of the room, or the whole room in various shades, less maintenance means more time for other things that matter.

As you can see, there are some great reasons to choose yellow for a kitchen. Whether you are considering yellow paint or wallpaper, yellow accents, or a yellow-based flooring design, there are unique benefits that yellow can offer to any kitchen.

From a large, open feel, to a great camouflage option, you can easily see why yellow works in any kitchen, regardless of its size.

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Alyssa Davis is a top writer for and specializes in featuring black coffee wall art and metal wall art sculptures.

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