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Yellow kitchen cabinets - what colour walls?

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Thurlow Wed 19-Apr-17 15:42:57

I didn't chose the yellow, but it's what we have. It's a sort of strong but light yellow. The walls are currently a pale grey, what colour might work to freshen it up a bit? Would a soft green clash too much? Any ideas?

7to25 Wed 19-Apr-17 18:25:09

Green would be horrible.
I think it might be grey or grey. White or blue is a bit 80s tastic.

Thurlow Wed 19-Apr-17 18:34:51

I was worried that grey would be the only colour... I wonder if a darker grey might work?

7to25 Wed 19-Apr-17 18:36:28

I think dark grey would work as would a really dark blue

PreemptiveSalvageEngineer Wed 19-Apr-17 18:37:01

Soft blue or demure terracotta.

NapQueen Wed 19-Apr-17 18:39:34


Only as an alternative to the grey, which I think is the best choice.

Would you share a pic.

mando12345 Wed 19-Apr-17 18:40:52

I think I would go for white and then style it with well chosen accessories.
Not a fan of yellow and grey myself.

BusterGonad Wed 19-Apr-17 18:41:03


Thurlow Wed 19-Apr-17 20:27:31

Here's the hideous cupboards. I'm erring towards dark grey, though debating a sort of brown? It's not a big kitchen at all but it does get quite a lot of light.

wonkylegs Wed 19-Apr-17 20:28:28

Go on Pinterest and search for yellow kitchen cabinets for some inspiration

PoohBearsHole Wed 19-Apr-17 20:32:29

They look like dorset cream colour - its quite nice smile
Will go away and have a think for you.

EJC85 Wed 19-Apr-17 20:36:25

Grey would look really nice, I reckon.

Pinterest is your friend wink

PoohBearsHole Wed 19-Apr-17 20:36:35

Out of curiosity how big is your kitchen and do you want it to look smaller or bigger?

NapQueen Wed 19-Apr-17 20:37:02

Oh yeah they are like a thick creamy colour. Duck egg blue?

wonkylegs Wed 19-Apr-17 20:37:45

I quite like it with this
Or this or or even yellow

NapQueen Wed 19-Apr-17 20:38:34

If you really dont like the cupboards, could you chalk paint them?

PoohBearsHole Wed 19-Apr-17 20:41:01

I'd go with a greyer blue colour or very pale duck egg blue possibly. Although if I am honest I'd probably get rid of the tiles which don't really match the cabinets and make choosing a colour more tricky.

Semaphorically Wed 19-Apr-17 20:43:08

What about navy? Or white?
Pale blue/yellow looks a bit seaside cottage, and I think grey/yellow is a very modern chevrony look that doesn't really go with your tiles.

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Wed 19-Apr-17 20:44:17

Quite like the third colour down with the yellow v

emsyj37 Wed 19-Apr-17 20:51:52

Just paint the cupboard doors whatever colour you want them. They are ok really. The navy with them is really nice, if your kitchen is big/light enough to take it. Or just paint them white/off white and choose whatever colour walls you fancy.

Thurlow Wed 19-Apr-17 21:46:27

Thanks for the suggestions - I think I'll get a blue and a grey tester and see what might work.

We'll be getting a new kitchen at some point so i can live with the cupboards and tiles for now. I'm not the best at DIY so I'm worried that if I paint the cabinets they'll look awful blush

Thurlow Wed 19-Apr-17 21:47:02

That third blue could look really good!

PickAChew Wed 19-Apr-17 21:50:47

I think the teal/petrol colour third from the bottom in winky's list would look really nice. Is it a sort of mustardy yellow? If so, it's definitely asking for a blue or grey that's on the greeny side.

EineKleine Wed 19-Apr-17 21:54:04

I agree that grey is the obvious choice (in a good way) but the third colour down does work.

We've been very pleased with the results using cupboard makeover paint. If you hate the yellow, I think painting the cupboard fronts would be well worth it.

Miniwookie Thu 20-Apr-17 08:42:12

I'm not keen on grey with them. I think the muted teal colours look nice, or even a yellowy cream.

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