how to make cream cabinets look less yellow
Kristina Davis

Knowing how to make cream cabinets look less yellow has come in handy one or two times in my everyday life.

It can be very sad and mildly disappointing when your newly installed cabinets begin to look yellow. 

Not only is it sad, but it also ruins the kitchen aesthetic by making the cabinet look dirty and old.

Fortunately for you, this writer understands the pain so well and has decided to base this article on how to fix it.

There are different ways to make your cream cabinets look less yellow. But to be able to know for sure if those methods are effective, we should know what makes your cabinet look yellow in the first place.

Why Does My Cream Cabinet Look Yellow?

why does cream cabinet look yellow

As I said earlier, to be able to make your cabinet look less yellow we must first understand why it looks yellow in the first place.

There are several reasons why your cabinet might look yellow but we shall only be discussing the three major causes. 

The first reason is that the cabinet itself is dirty and needs to be cleaned properly.

The second is that it has been exposed to too much sunlight that its color gradually changes. 

The last reason, which happens to be complicated, is that the colors around the cabinet are colors that don’t complement it.  

Colors that are of darker shades like blue and violet make the cream cabinet itself look yellow.

Now that we know why the cabinet looks yellow, fixing it shouldn’t be a problem.

How To Make Cream Cabinets Look Less Yellow

make cream cabinets less yellow

Based on what has been said, there are three ways to make cream cabinets look less yellow based on the cause.

Option 1: Cleaning The Cabinet

The first likely cause of a cabinet looking yellow is because it is dirty so the most obvious remedy is to clean it. 

There are several ways to do that but we are only going to be touching the two major ones.

Here are the methods involved:

Method #1: Soap And Water

The first method is to use good old soap and water to wash the cabinet, and here are the steps involved.

Step #1: Get Everything Ready

The first thing to do is get the equipment you need ready, which includes making a perfect cleaning mixture of soap and water. 

soap and water

You are to make use of an old cloth or a foam because a sponge would be too harsh on the cabinet.

Once you have everything ready, we can move on to the next step.

Step #2: Wash The Cabinet 

This part is a little tricky because you must make use of as little water as possible. 

This means you have to properly squeeze the cloth or foam after you have dipped them into the cleaning solution.

Use the squeezed cloth or foam to wash the cabinet thoroughly.

Tip: Do not be afraid to put your back into washing the cabinet, that way, you get a better result.
Step #3: Dry Off

After washing the cabinet till you are satisfied with the results, you can then proceed to clean and dry off.

wipe clean the cabinet

You need two different clothes for this. The first would be dipped in ordinary water and used to wipe the cabinets.

After cleaning the cabinets, you make use of the other cloth to wipe away the remaining water on the cabinet, making sure to leave it as dry as possible.

Tip: The cloth should be squeezed properly before being made use of.

Method #2: Vinegar And Baking Soda

Using baking soda and vinegar is a more intense approach when the first method doesn’t work quite well.

Here are the steps involved.

Step #1: Make A Paste 

The first thing to do is to make a paste of an equal amount of vinegar and baking soda.

You can also add a little bit of lemon for a much better result.

vinegar baking soda lemon
Step #2: Apply, Wait And Wash

After making the paste, you are to apply it in a thin layer on the cabinet. After applying, you should wait for about thirty minutes to an hour. 

After that, you can then wash it with a soft cloth that has been dipped in soap water and properly squeezed 

Step #3: Rinse And Dry

When you are done with the washing, you rinse and dry the same way you have done in method one.

If you are not satisfied with the results, you can always repeat them or move on to step 3.

Tip: Both methods 1 and 2 are only applicable to water-friendly cabinets.

Method #3: Alcohol / Cleaning Spray

There is one thing I failed to mention earlier and it is that sometimes the cabinet might be one that water can’t be used on. 

alcohol or cleaning spray

In that case, you are to make use of highly volatile cleaning products to spray and wipe the cabinet surfaces. 

In this method, you are to make use of alcohol in the form of antiseptic or just your normal denatured alcohol in a spray bottle.

You spray the alcohol on the surface of the cabinet or cloth and use it to wipe the dirty cabinets until you are satisfied with the results.

Another alternative is using cleaning spray instead of alcohol. It is even more effective and its effect lasts longer. 

I would advise you to make lemon-scented cleaning spray or add a little bit of lemon to the normal spray for an even more optimal result. 

Tip: You can also make use of any type of wipe in the absence of antiseptic or denatured alcohol.

Option 2: Reducing Its Exposure To Sunlight

Overexposure of something to sunlight can make it lose color and quality. 

exposure to sunlight

The same goes for your cabinet. If your cabinet is installed in such a way that it is in direct constant with the sun, you must find a way to fix it. 

Since removing the cabinet or the window is not entirely possible, the next best thing is to install a curtain to protect the cabinet. 

In cases where the cabinet already looks yellow, you can try to clean it or change the surrounding color.

Option 3: Changing The Surrounding Colors

This is an intense approach but it is the most effective. Certain colors complement cream and make it look more cream than yellow.

There is also some cream that makes the cream look yellow.

So what color makes cream look less yellow? 

There are different colors that make cream look less yellow and they are mostly dark colors like navy blue, violet, red, and the like.

They are also some colors that have the opposite effect these dark colors have on cream. 

surrounding colors

Colors that are light and bright make cream look yellow.

White is one of the best examples because being next to a similar color would help spot the difference, thereby enhancing the yellow in the cream.

But some bright colors do not make cream look yellow, colors like sky blue and lilac.

You can change the setup of your kitchen to accommodate those new colors suggested.

You can make use of black, and grey, definitely not green because green makes cream look yellow.

Tip: You can equally make use of blue and maroon in your other kitchen design to compliment the cream.


In conclusion to all that has been said so far, there are a few things we should take note of. The first is that cleanliness is ideal and we should practice it often.

The second is that we should put things like window placement and colors into consideration when making designs for our kitchens.

Knowing how to make cream cabinets look less yellow can come in handy for a lot of things and not just your cabinet.

We have finally gotten to the end of this article and I hope it has been helpful.