Design Trend: Two-Tone Cabinetry

March 10, 2015   |   Design Trend, Showroom Scoop

There’s a lot of white and grey floating around these days. An enormous amount of snow is continuously piling up outside our showroom windows. We have forgotten what grass looks like and what it feels like to drive without a white knuckle grip on the steering wheel. Wearing our coats in the office until about noon has become the norm around here. We just can’t shake the cold!

Okay, we might be a little dramatic, but the truth is this winter has been here for too long! We are ready for spring, we are ready for color! Which is why we decided to talk about a fun trend that can really liven up your kitchen and pull you out of the winter blues; Two Tone Cabinets.

Traditionally, many homeowners choose a single color for kitchen cabinets. Which is a great option, but for those of us who are a little more brave of heart two-tone cabinets are a good choice as well. This trend adds visual impact and variation without too much effort, but does take a bit of commitment. Two-tone cabinetry also adapts well to any style whether it be modern, traditional or somewhere in between. But beware of creating a kitchen that is too busy or loud as they have a tendency to cause dizziness and headaches :/. Loving color is great… if applied the right way.

A great way to incorporate color into your kitchen is to start with a base color. Your safest bet is to start with a neutral tone. Think white, off white, and grey. But hey, if you love orange or blue go with one of those. Next, use the second tone/color as your accent. This is key for anyone who is on the fence about two-tone cabinetry. If you fall into this category, use color #2 to highlight smaller areas. For example, if your kitchen has a built-in desk or hutch paint or stain it a different color then the main kitchen cabinetry. Otherwise go ahead and make the entire island an accent color, or paint lower cabinetry to contrast the uppers.

Two-tone cabinets don’t just have to be different colors. They can be completely different materials as well. We like the mix of metal and wood. Even different finishes on wood can have a cool impact. Try painted cabinetry for uppers, and distressed/natural stained lowers.