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Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets: The Latest Trend in Kitchen Design

Say goodbye to stark white kitchens and hello to the colors and styles of kitchens. Although the look existed for years, this dynamic trend is still going strong. It involves playing various colors variations on the upper and lower cabinets in our house.

If you’re looking for a way to refresh your kitchen design, two-tone kitchen cabinets may be the perfect solution. This trend is incredibly versatile and can encompass many different types of cabinetry and color palettes. It’s simple: choose two different colors of cabinetry and strategically install them in your kitchen to take part in this trending design. With Two-tone kitchen cabinets there is no shortage of the many variations of this combination. Sometimes it is simply about the color of the island in a kitchen that has different cabinets from the rest. Another example would be a kitchen with half one color and half another where the base cabinet is one color and the upper cabinet is another.

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The majority of the kitchen design mixes classic wood cabinetry and a colorful kitchen island. Things are changing with the two-tone expanded palette. The easiest way to achieve two-tone cabinets is to have two colors such as dark wood cabinets or darker painted cabinets such as deep blue cabinets on the bottom and white on the upper cabinets. Some more advanced two-tone options are to mix it up with open shelving and paneling as you see in the image below.

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Which color combination is best for two-toned cabinets

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best color combination for two-toned cabinets will vary depending on your individual style and preferences. However, some popular color combinations include black and white, blue and white, green and white, and brown and white. Experiment with different color combinations until you find a look that you love!

The Benefits of Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Add different tones to upper and lower cabinets, splitting colors between the right and left sides of your kitchen, or adding contrasting cabinets to island and wall cabinets to add a modern look to your kitchen with this exciting trend. There are many reasons to consider two-tone kitchen cabinets instead of installing the same color and tone all over your kitchen.

Wood Cabinets With Black Subway Ceramic Tile Backsplash – Credit | © Andrew Heiser

Trending Style

The two-tone kitchen cabinet look is in. You no longer need to stick with a single color that blends into the background of your kitchen. Pair hues of the same color, a natural texture with a painted front, or two contrasting, bold colors for a design with a modern flair. Choose any colors that compliment the design of the rest of your kitchen.

Fresh Look

If you are looking for a modern kitchen with a twist and fresh look, two-tone cabinets may be the way to go. By pairing dark cabinets with light wood or vice versa, you can create a unique and stylish look that will make your kitchen stand out. experiment with different color combinations until you find a look that you love! Who says the kitchen has to be boring? With two-tone cabinets, you can have a stylish and modern kitchen that is also unique and eye-catching. So if you are looking for a way to refresh your kitchen’s look, consider two-tone cabinets!

Combination Of Wood Cabinets Light Cabinets And Marble Backsplash – Credit | © Agencie Architecture & Engineering P.C.

Creative Contrasts

Your kitchen needs a focal point. If the walls, floors, countertops, and other materials in your kitchen don’t provide a bright color or primary focal point, then use a contrasting color on part of your cabinetry. A vibrant wood stain or paint color makes a beautiful contrast if it’s tastefully used on a portion of your two-tone kitchen cabinets.

Improve Aesthetic Appeal

Even the simplest kitchen can be made more elegant with two-tone cabinets. In addition to adding visual interest, they are also relaxing and elegant. Changing your kitchen’s color scheme is a great way to enhance the space. Plus, there are several details and finishes you can choose from to make your design stand out.

Increase Resale Value

With two-tone cabinets being a hot trend right now, having this look in your kitchen is a great way to attract potential buyers. You would be wise to upgrade your cabinets to two-tone ones if you plan on selling your house anytime soon, because they appeal to buyers who want a move-in ready house.

Make a small kitchen look larger

A two-tone kitchen is a great way to appear larger. The eye is drawn upward to the brighter shade of your kitchen, creating the illusion that it is larger than it actually is, if you place white cabinets above and darker cabinets below. You will also notice that if you choose a white or lighter countertop, they will reflect the sunlight coming in from the windows, making your kitchen seem brighter.

White Marble Waterfall Countertop With Light Wood Cabinets – Credit | © Savvy Interiors


If you’re considering Black kitchen cabinets for your next kitchen project, here are answers to some frequently asked questions we get from customers:

Are two-tone cabinets out of style?

Nope! In fact, they’re making a huge comeback. Designers are using them to add a unique touch to any space.

Which color combination is best for kitchen cabinets?

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there are endless possibilities for color combinations. But which one is best for you? Think about the overall aesthetic you want for your kitchen. Are you going for a sleek and modern look, or a more traditional style? Then, look at the colors in your kitchen. What shade of countertops do you have, and what color is your backsplash? You’ll want to choose a cabinet color that complements these features. Finally, consider your personal preferences. What colors do you love? What shades make you happy? Go with whatever makes you smile every time you open your cabinets!

Will two-tone kitchens go out of style?

kitchen styles are always changing. What’s popular today may not be popular tomorrow. But as long as you love your kitchen, who cares what the latest trend is?

Wrap Up

If you’re looking for a way to add some freshness to your kitchen without doing a full remodel, consider two-tone cabinets. This trending style can be done in many different ways, so you can find the perfect combination for your home. Plus, two-tone cabinets can make your kitchen appear larger – and who doesn’t want that? Ready to get started on your new kitchen look? Contact us today for a free estimate.

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  1. If you’re considering Two-Tone kitchen cabinets for your next kitchen project, you’ll want to review FAQs we get from customers. Read the expanded article by clicking the link above. Two-tone kitchen cabinets are a trending style that can add a fresh look to your kitchen.
  2. This look is achieved by pairing two different colors of cabinetry, which can be done in many different ways.
  3. Some popular color combinations for two-tone cabinets include black and white, blue and white, green and white, and brown and white.
  4. Some benefits of two-tone kitchen cabinets include that they are trending, add visual interest and contrast, and can make a small kitchen appear larger.
  5. Explore Mod Cabinetry’s lines to find the perfect Two-tone kitchen cabinets for your space.
  6. Get a Free Estimate to see how much Two-tone kitchen cabinets cost.
  7. Want to learn more? Check out our deep dive in the article Complete Guide to Styling Two Tone Cabinets in THE MODERNIST,  a Mod Cabinetry publication with handpicked ideas and inspirations focused on modern, trend-led kitchens.

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A Range of Style Options – Choose from over 300 different finishes to accompany your unique kitchen layout and get a Modern Look with Clean Lines.

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With customizations, faster lead-times and lower pricing, Naturals is a perfect alternative to local custom cabinetry.

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With faster lead-times and lower pricing, Euro is a perfect alternative to import European cabinets.

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With a larger catalog of options, modifications, plywood casework, Bylder is a perfect alternative to IKEA.

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