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Inspired By: Yellow

by | Feb 11, 2010 | Color, Decorating Inspiration, Details, Kitchens

Inspired By: Yellow

I love this beautiful yellow kitchen. Love.

Inspired By: Yellow

And I ADORE these gorgeous yellow wood walls.

Do you think I might be in need of a little sunshine? I think so.

This warm shade of yellow is just YUM. Even if you don’t have all this fancy woodwork, walls painted with some hint of yellow in them can make your home GLOW.

What Inspired YOU this week?

Here are some Behind the scenes posts! links to check out: “Home Bloggers” and “…on being insecure

photos: Architectural Digest by Robert A.M. Stern

This week, I was inspired by…



  1. Esther Crawford

    Your website inspires me. Seriously. It makes me want to do more around the house & there’s plenty to work on… probably starting with changing out those darn lace curtains. :)

  2. Rebecca at Toothwhale

    Yellow IS an inspiration. Our playroom, which is where I write my blog, is painted a yellow called hay stack (Benjamin Moore). In the house we lived in before this one, I had the same color in the family room. I loved the soft, warm yellow so much that I couldn’t leave it behind.

    • Patricia Butler

      Someone wrote this on the Benjamin Moore site about the color Hay Stack. Do you agree with this?

      We were going to use Hawthorne Yellow in our kitchen, but I was concerned it would be too intense so we went with haystack, after seeing it used in a nursery example on this site. Please be aware that the color on line looks NOTHING like what it looks like in real life! It looks so soft in the examples, but in real life it’s intense. Definitely a sunshine yellow, like New Orleans at Mardi Gras! Although it didn’t come out the soft quiet yellow I expected it to, it’s gorgeous. My husband was busting my chops about it looking like Romper Room at first, he now loves it. If you’re looking for a softer yellow, try Weston Flax.

  3. Tim

    I swear we posted the same picture at the same time! How wierd is that!?? I guess we have the same good taste? I would link it up to your linky, but it just seems wrong!

    .-= Tim´s last blog ..Colorful Kitchens – Still My Dream =-.

    • Melissa

      Tim, LINK! Just because we both love the same photo doesn’t mean you can’t link up. Go. Link.

    • Jessica

      That’s hilarious…it’s a gorgeous kitchen. It just might get me cookin’. maybe.
      .-= Jessica @ These Are The Days´s last blog ..UN{CONDITIONAL} LOVE =-.

  4. melissa stover

    i never would have thought to paint cabinets yellow but it looks great!
    .-= melissa stover´s last blog ..A cold, dreary photo walk =-.

  5. Charlotta

    Lovely sunny yellow! Such a happy colour.
    The kitchen is divine and so inviting.

    Thanks for sharing.

    .-= Charlotta´s last blog ..I spy.. =-.

  6. Kacey

    Oh, lovely yellow! Looks like such a happy place.
    .-= Kacey´s last blog ..Missing =-.

  7. this blessed nest

    first timer here to link up with your party. i’m excited.
    every week i am inspired by so many things! design, color {love yellow} food, but this week it was looking back at my kids’ photos. yes, a mother’s pride but sometimes it hits you like a ton of bricks of how lucky we are to be mothers. they & the photo session inspired me greatly.

    p.s. i’ll be dreaming of all things yellow this evening. :)

  8. Jeanne

    Hi Melissa I love your buttery yellow rooms. So warm and inviting. I have it everywhere around my house and love it!
    PS..I made a mistake on McLinky, could you delete the first entry for Robins Egg Blue? One links to my homepage and the other to the post. Sorry for the confusion. I am loving your blog…so so beautiful and always a special treat at the end of the week :)

  9. Robin All Things Heart and Home

    I love the soft cream buttery yellows you showed today…
    thank bunches for hosting
    All Things Heart and Home
    .-= Robin All Things Heart and Home´s last blog ..Valentine Sweets! =-.

  10. Pearl Maple

    Great photos, i grew up with a yellow kitchen and always enjoy seeing shades of sunshine about the house.
    .-= Pearl Maple´s last blog ..Sky Watch Friday =-.

  11. Jess

    Yellow just feels some warm and comfy! Thanks for hosting the party!
    .-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..Toes in the water … =-.

  12. Becky K.

    That might be my new kitchen color…I’ve been thinking yellow.
    You are right, it is gorgeous. But I do not have woodwork other than a chair rail. Maybe some bead board is in order.
    .-= Becky K.´s last blog ..The Living Room Project #2 =-.

  13. Richella

    Oh, Melissa, this yellow really is inspiring! The thought of sunshine is really nice right now. And I so appreciated your post about insecurity, too.

    Melissa, I messed up my link–I tried to link to my Valentine’s post today, but the first time I accidentally entered the wrong URL. I hate to ask you this, but could you delete the first Imparting Grace link I entered? (I think my links are#31 and #32 above; #31 is wrong.) I hate that I missed this up, because my Valentine’s post is kind of a testimony of what I’ve learned about love. I guess I was nervous as I was posting it!

    Thanks for all the inspiration here!

  14. ClassiclyAmber

    Ooooh, yeah, we are big fans of yellow around here! When we built this house, we had them go ahead and paint the walls in both the kitchen and living room a warm yellow color. I <3 it!

    I love those pics you’ve posted, too, Melissa! That kitchen cabinetry is to die for!!
    .-= ClassiclyAmber´s last blog ..Live*Laugh*Love Custom Banner =-.

  15. Michele

    Yellow makes the kitchen so cheery, one can work in there all day and feel productive and not just tired!

  16. Katie

    That kitchen is really pretty. I have never seen anything like the woodwork on the front of those cabinet faces. And the ceilings in both of those rooms are awesome! I am in MAJOR need of some SUNSHINE!!! And here I am waiting on the Southern Blizzard to come sweeping through this afternoon…. (I’ll believe it when I see it….)
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Wishin’ & Hopin’ & Thinkin’ & …Junkin’ =-.

  17. Mrs.Rabe

    My living room/ kitchen space is yellow and I love it! Warm, welcoming, charming!

    I have friends who have yellow kitchen cabinets almost like the ones in the first photo!

    Go yellow!
    .-= Mrs.Rabe´s last blog ..If You Love Paperdolls…. =-.

  18. Denise

    Love these pictures Melissa….gets me out of my “green fog” for just a moment! Have a great weekend~

  19. Erin

    My dad painted my kitchen yellow for me last July and I absolutely love it!!!!!! We moved in our house 6 1/2 years ago and had never painted the kitchen. It was some shade of green-blue but it worked with my decor at the time. I got really tired of it and my dad offered to paint it. Now I love being in there!!! It’s decorated in pineapples and it is now one of my favorite rooms in the house!!!!

  20. Julianne

    Yay for yellow! We painted our living room and bedroom the same shade as the kitchen up there. I LOVE IT. I love it. It is seriously the most cheerful color, especially since the sun seems to be on a shining hiatus. It’s so warm and cozy and just happy.

  21. Lesley

    I’m fascinated by that kitchen photo. I’m looking at the yellow behind the oven. Is it yellow tile? Is it brick painted yellow? Is it old tile that has been painted yellow? Or is it white tile that just is reflecting the yellow?

    Regardless, it looks lovely.
    .-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..DIY: Use grommets to turn a sheet into a curtain =-.

  22. Spring

    Lately I am inspired by green. Being so inspired by this blog, I decided to spend some time surfing, trying to figure out what style I am. And I fell in love with green all over again. It’s my favorite color, but the only place in my home you can find it is the full bathroom (teensy in this 100 yr old house). Now I want to find a place to bring in green. Sigh. :)
    .-= Spring´s last blog ..It’s Back! =-.

  23. Jill

    The perfect color of yellow can make sunshine on the darkest day. Great post!
    .-= Jill´s last blog ..Sunshine On My Shoulders =-.

  24. Molly

    That is truly one of the most gorgeous shades of yellow I have seen. The last room I tried to do yellow was a hideous mess. This has me feeling inspired again.

  25. gina

    love the warm buttery colors in those pics- this is the of year we need a little sunshine in our homes!
    .-= gina´s last blog ..all natural meets modern =-.

  26. Abbie

    Just got done painting my kitchen yellow! But much brighter than that lovely shade – almost so I think it actually IS sunny when I walk into it!
    .-= Abbie´s last blog ..Runnin’ nose =-.

  27. Muthering Heights

    I admit that since my whole family is sick, I’m not feeling very inspired this week…but NEXT week, I have a feeling I’ll be looking to freshen this place up!!
    .-= Muthering Heights´s last blog ..Can You Help? =-.

  28. Lisa

    I love this yellow kitchen! What a comfortable and happy place to be!

  29. kathysue

    Wow! We all must be in the mood for some sunshine I just posted my yellow post today. I wrote it over a week ago but with all the snow around our country I guess it is timely and then you have all these wonderful images of yellow rooms. It must be in the air. too funny. I have some sunshine on my blog if you need an extra dose, Kathysue. Let me know what you think!!
    .-= kathysue´s last blog ..I NEED SOME SUNSHINE!! =-.

  30. Marija

    This soft yellow kitchen is a dream. I’ve always thought yellow was a color I would tire of but will all this gloomy snow, I could use something bright and cheerful! Perfect! Marija

  31. Tamara

    I’m inspired by flowers! Nothing like fresh cut blossoms to perk up any cloudy day :)
    .-= Tamara´s last blog ..It’s Spring in Germany! =-.

  32. Renee

    Hi Melissa,
    I think I linked incorrectly because my link is now gone. Second try, forgive me if it is incorrect.
    Now, on to what inspired me this week – Chanel, blush and gray. A very etherial and romantic combination and perfect for Valentine’s Day don’t you think?
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..{a kiss of pink} =-.

  33. Meredith

    Hi Melissa,

    That is THE most beautiful buttery yellow. I’m thinking about a quote from “Mrs Blandings builds a dream house” but it won’t come to me….I’m sure you’ll think of it though. As always….inspirational! Meredith xo.
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..etc by sibella court =-.

  34. Christi at Charm & Grace

    I am finally getting my art room painted (paint has been purchased since early fall). It is a very soft yellow called “Provence Cream.” As we stand now, (since it is being painted over deep burgundy) it is going to take at least four more coats. Yes, we bought the paint with KILZ mixed into it, on the recommendation of the fellow at Home Depot. He assured us it would do the job in two coats. No dice. I am just glad it is getting done, and I will soon be able to move out of the corner of my dining room. Elbow room, elbow room, got to, got to get me some elbow room…

    .-= Christi at Charm & Grace´s last blog ..Calling all who loved the original Victoria magazine =-.



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