Why Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets Are the Trend You'll Be Seeing Everywhere
Say goodbye to the white kitchens of the past and hello to the mix of colours that define the kitchen trends of 2018. According to interior designer and Yelp's home expert Lauren Makk, "a two-toned kitchen is a really easy way to create instant interest." While the look has been around for a few years, it's clear that this dynamic trend is here to stay.
Trade in restrained colour schemes for bold contrasts of black and grey, variations of green and blue, and combinations of tan and white. "Whether your home is a chic cottage or a modern mansion, this trend can easily be implemented into any good design or style," Makk says. Grab some paint swatches and start designing.
Sarah Sherman Samuel
"Variables like tile and appliances may change in the future, but your cabinetry tends to stick around a bit longer, so pick combos you can live with for years to come," advises Makk. Here, gold handles connect white cabinets to complementary light green cabinetry beneath a white marble counter. The subtle green of the lower cabinets is a choice that could easily adapt to other changing design features.
Kate Osborne Photography; DESIGN: Studio McGee
A crisp way to test out two-toned kitchen cabinets in your home is to contrast white overhead cabinets with black cabinets beneath the countertop. With white subway tile backsplash and a statement-making patterned tile, this kitchen appears refined and highly designed.
"Whether your space is big or small, a two-toned effect adds instant drama to any well-designed space," says Makk. When mixing colours, don't be afraid to opt for unconventional materials and textures to bring the drama. This contemporary kitchen features slick black cabinetry paired with lighter ones made of an entirely different material. These disparate elements play with the contrast of the brown wooden door and table to give the kitchen a variation of colours and textures.
Sharyn Cairns; DESIGN: Fiona Lynch
For something with a touch more edge, experiment with a unique hue like this pastel mint green. The burst of colour completely shifts the tone of this otherwise minimal gray-and-white kitchen. The muted palette of the rest of the space draws the eye upward and really allows the cabinets to pop against the marble wall.
Alexandra Rowley; DESIGN: Studio DB
"Most kitchen designers have shaken it up by mixing traditional wood cabinets with a colourful kitchen island," says Makk. This two-toned kitchen seamlessly incorporates white cabinets with wooden elements. Cabinets above the sink match the waterfall kitchen countertop, while wooden features from the floor, under the island, and on the lower cabinets unite the space. The subtle black from the hanging pendant lighting also matches the black barstools to really tie the kitchen together.
Thomas Dalhoff; DESIGN: Brett Mickan Interior Design
Instead of contrasting upper and lower kitchen cabinets, try colour-blocking and leaving one wall of cabinets a single shade while switching things up on another wall. Here, all-white cabinets, counters, and subway tile backsplash stand apart from a wall of charcoal coloured cabinets. This gives the space a whole new dynamic.
Jessica White Photography; DESIGN: Studio McGee
For a subtle distinction in colour, pair white cabinets with a cool blue hue. According to Makk, "your colour combinations are always reliant on a variety of things, and should complement your finishes." This kitchen features bright white and understated blue shades that flow nicely with each other, as well as the marble subway tile backsplash. This brings out the gray tint in the lower cabinets.
Sarah Sherman Samuel
A surefire way to ensure that two-toned kitchen cabinets remain cohesive is to simply use the same material throughout the room and only vary the design in colour. This industrious kitchen keeps white cabinets from looking disconnected to blue ones by uniting the elements with the same material featuring vertical lines and gold hardware.
"One common mistake is to choose colours that are too trendy and won't withstand the design test of time," Makk explains. In order to avoid this pitfall, stick with colour combinations that you know work well together. This space utilises a black island to add dimension and flair to the rest of the white kitchen. This look still features pops of colour found in the pink runner rug and brown textured barstool chairs.
Becky Kimball Photography; DESIGN: Studio McGee
Finally, take the flooring into consideration when selecting colours for the rest of your kitchen. In this space, navy and white kitchen cabinets stand out against dark wood flooring, making the colours pop even more. The kitchen island also matches the blue and white of the rest of the space, keeping the various elements connected.