A new year means new interior trends and I am loving this years biggest trend in kitchen design. Two toned kitchen cabinets are quickly taking over the ever popular white on white. Designers (and their clients) are starting to take more risks with kitchen design and its clear that no one wants a cookie cutter white kitchen anymore. Some people might feel apprehensive about taking a big risk in their kitchen design, and they should! (Helloooo home owners spend more money on their kitchens than any other room in the house). If things go wrong and those bold kitchen cabinets didn’t quite work out you’ll end up spending a small fortune fixing it. That’s where the beauty of two toned kitchens comes in.
Combining more than one finish gives the ability to mix a little bit of bold with a little bit of neutral. You will be left with a completely unique, original, and inviting kitchen. There are a few guidelines I suggest sticking to while planning your two toned kitchen.
1. USE CONTRASTING FINISHES
If you want to pull off a two toned kitchen it is important to use two colors that are complementary, yet contrasting. Your kitchen won’t stand out if the cabinet colors blend together, and it might actually end up looking like a mistake. Studio McGee has combined dramatic forest green with light wood floating shelves in this vintage kitchen. The deep green is toned down by the contrasting light wood and provides an unexpected pop when you walk into this small kitchen. Anyone else feeling brave enough to pick out a bold color for their kitchen?
2. USE A DARK COLOR FOR YOUR BASE CABINETS
In your two toned kitchen I suggest you use the darker of the two colors for your base cabinets. This will help ground your kitchen while creating balance in the space. The gorgeous sage and white kitchen bellow by Sara Sherman Samuel has done just that. Sage, the darker of the two colors, is painted on the base cabinets and is complemented by white uppers. This proves that you can still have a successful two toned kitchen without going too dark.
3. ACCENT YOUR KITCHEN ISLAND
Another great way to incorporate the two toned trend in your kitchen is by accenting your kitchen island. If all of your cabinets are one finish, switch things up with a bold color for your island. The island is the heart of the kitchen and a contrasting color will highlight that. This kitchen below by Z + Interiors is a great example of how using a bold color for the Island really creates a focal point in the room.
4. STAY CONSISTENT WITH HARDWARE
The hardware you choose for your two toned kitchen is going to be the thing that ties the whole space together. Make sure you choose complementary or matching door pulls and knobs for your base and upper kitchen cabinets. Rachel of Mason de Pax seamlessly tied the white and grey cabinets in her mothers home by staying consistent with hardware. She has used the brass hardware throughout this kitchen, along with the brass wall sconce and marble subway tile to tie the whole space together.