It takes conviction to go bold with kitchen color but wow, does it pay off.
Shining with personality from top to bottom this vibrant and unforgettable kitchen ranks as one of the greats. There’s nothing safe about the choice of lemon yellow for the cabinets and backsplash yet the pairing has perfect pitch because of the way color is used. But let’s get real. It takes guts to go with yellow base cabinets and black counters without thinking ‘taxi!’
The combination works in this kitchen for several reasons. First, the color occupies horizontal zones. Because the counters are darkest, they create a continuous line that holds the brightness of the base cabinets and island in check. As the eye moves up, the color gets lighter. And while the glazed blacksplash tile includes the strong citrus hue, the diamond pattern mixes in enough white for leavening. Painting upper cabinets a gentle cream and walls very bright white helps layer and balances the whole scheme. A stainless steel range, hood, dishwasher and refrigerator mix and match.
This kitchen isn’t large, elaborate or blessed with unusual appliances. There’s a Sub Zero and Wolf range top but faucets on the sinks are unfashionably low (at least for the moment). Yet somehow I get the sense that a real cook lives here. Perhaps it’s the strategic placement of the built-in knife rack between the stove and the prep sink or the open storage for cutting boards – details that signal high function that’s really a match for the bold style.