Everyone loves consistency and clean lines when it comes to kitchen design – but using the same tone or shade for your floors, cabinetry, and furnishings can look a little too cookie-cutter. Today’s average homeowner might think they want an all-white kitchen, when in reality, spicing things up with two or more complementary colors can add a level of dimension to the space that elevates the design.
While all-white kitchens certainly had their time in the spotlight, two-tone kitchen cabinets are becoming one of the top kitchen trends of 2022. Rather than matching your upper and lower cabinets with the same color of paint or paneling, embracing a more colorful, contrasting look is gaining a great deal of popularity.
Whether you choose one color for your upper cabinets and another color for the lower ones, or you want to make your island cabinetry stand out with a unique accent color, how you incorporate a two-tone design is entirely up to you.
As you step out of the single-color zone, here’s how to combine two tone kitchen cabinets and make the heart of your home extra trendy.
1. Mix Wood and White
If you’re worried about two-tone kitchen cabinets making too bold of a statement, the classic combination of natural wood tones and crisp white hues can be a subtle starting point. Much like basil and tomatoes, pairing wood and white is one of those magical combinations that just simply works.
Since brown and white are both neutral colors, they work beautifully together and will make for a contemporary, sleek design that will give off a Scandinavian vibe.
For example, you could choose these Oxford White Shaker kitchen cabinets for your upper cabinets in one part of the kitchen, and then select these Walnut Frameless Cabinets for the island. This will create an airy and light feel, adding depth to the space and imbuing a naturalistic palette.
2. Choose a Vibrant Accent Color
From emerald green to cranberry red, who said all the color in your kitchen was reserved for the fruit basket? Selecting a fun and vibrant color to accent a specific area of the kitchen – such as a built-in desk or a short stretch of cabinetry – is a great way to add an element of surprise.
As you rifle through paint swatches and debate which color speaks most to your inner chef, there are endless possibilities that can transform your kitchen from boring and bland to quirky and cool.
If you’re stuck, try using a color wheel to help you discover which colors complement each other well. One of today’s most popular accent colors is navy blue. Why not pair these Navy Blue Shaker Frameless kitchen cabinets with these soothing gray Gunnison Shaker kitchen cabinets for a fresh look?
3. Go for a Contrasting Material
If choosing a second color intimidates you, think of it in different terms: you can combine two materials instead for a fresh and interesting touch.
Of course, you can’t really go wrong with wood as a primary cabinetry material, and there are so many signature wood options like these Rustic Shaker kitchen cabinets. For the second material, a glossy cabinet like these Lacquer Frameless kitchen cabinets can create a beautiful contrast.
To ensure you keep harmony in your two-tone kitchen, it’s a good idea to make sure at least one of the materials you choose matches the flooring. Depending on your budget and the style you are going for, combining contrasting materials is a perfect way to add depth and texture to a modern kitchen design.
There is no reason not to invest in the aesthetics of your kitchen, especially when there are so many ways to vary the design like integrating two-tone kitchen cabinets.
And don’t worry about breaking the bank; you can check out our tips here on how to make the most of your investment when remodeling your kitchen.