Contrasting kitchen cabinets have been picking up speed in the design world. I’m seeing more and more kitchens that are adopting the two-tone look. The cool thing about this effect is that it can add a lot of depth and color to a kitchen. For example, if you want color but think painting all your cabinets like that could be too much, consider breaking it up with something more subdued. Or, if you want white cabinets but think it could be a little too stark for you, consider painting a section in a color or warming it up with a wood grain. These are just a few ideas. Contrasting kitchen cabinets can solve a lot of design dilemmas, so check out all these ideas for various ways to incorporate the look into your own space.
Contrasting Kitchen Cabinets
1 Choosing to do an island in a contrasting color to the rest of the cabinetry is a popular choice. It adds depth to the space and also gives you a chance to add a bit of color, as seen in this antiqued green island among white cabinets.
2 Re-imagine a classic black and white kitchen. By taking a new twist on the classic look with white upper cabinets and black ones on the bottom, designer Tommy Smythe has created a kitchen that is both sophisticated and contemporary.
Designer: Tommy Smythe
3 Here’s another example of an island adding a pop of color to a white kitchen, this time in the form of a cheery yellow that stems from the herringbone tile backsplash. If you want colorful cabinets without committing it to the entire kitchen, this is a great alternative.
4 By painting the upper cabinets the same soft green of the walls, the effect takes advantage of the high ceilings in this kitchen and makes them appear even taller. The natural wood on the lower cabinets compliments the green nicely and is cleverly repeated in ceiling the molding to help break up the color.
5 This kitchen is inspired by New Orleans’ French Quarter, calling on antique washes and a color scheme of buttery yellow and red. The one set of cabinets in red adds a great pop of color without overwhelming the whole space, as red is very strong.
6 Here is another example of black and white cabinets, this time with a pop of turquoise on the countertop and tinted glass. These old cabinets were given a fresh new look with some paint and clever accents.
7 The muted blue on these lower cabinets compliments the white beautifully for a crisp look that is anything but boring.
8 If you don’t want to opt for a complete two-tone look, consider doing just one section of cabinetry in a different color or finish as seen here. The natural would adds a lot of warmth to this kitchen and make the entire sink area look like a beautiful piece of furniture.
9 Here’s another example of two-tone cabinetry in just one section of the kitchen, this time on the upper and lower cabinetry surrounding the stove. It draws attention to this area and makes it the focus of the space.
10The island, stretching the entire length of the cabinets parallel to it, looks stunning in a rich wood finish against the other crisp white cabinets. It adds warmth to a space that could have easily been too stark, given its white walls and backsplash.
Would you ever consider a two-tone cabinet look in your kitchen?