Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Two-toned Kitchen makes a Statement

For years the kitchen color palette has remained the same, clean and unified by one color. Design trends have caused a shift by incorporating new and fun colors such as light blues and charming greens. Homeowners and designers have tried something new which is two toned kitchens and they have gained in popularity. It is an innovative and beautiful design option.  Some, however, may ask why they should even consider adding a second color or wonder what the benefits would be for them. Here we share some reasons you might want to think about including another color. 

What is a two-toned kitchen

Two-toned kitchens simply means that two different colors of cabinets have been utilized to create a unique look. It is a great way to create interest in the design while still having a unified space. Often this choice is done by having the kitchen island one color and the surrounding cabinets another color. It can also be done by choosing to do some painted and the other in natural wood. Choosing different colors for the uppers and lowers is also an option. This choice is up to the preference of the homeowner and their design style.

What are the benefits of a two-toned kitchen

If you are leaning toward having two colors in your kitchen but are still unsure if it is worth it or if it is just a passing trend, here are some of the benefits it can yield for your space.

  • Gives the illusion of a larger space: sometimes it is not possible to increase the square footage but that does not mean it has to look small. By pairing a dark color with a lighter one you create the illusion of more space.
  • Adds resale value to your home: buyers are always looking for that little something that sets a home apart from the others and adding a two-toned kitchen can be just what they were looking for, giving you the edge in the market.
  • Makes a space look elegant: two-toned kitchens provide visual interest to the design and give the area a unique upgrade feeling.

Two-toned cabinets are more than just a combination of two colors, they create a unique space that reflects you so ask your designer to show you some options during your planning stage.

A few design tips for the two-toned kitchen

When designing for a two-toned kitchen there are a few things to keep in mind that can help you create a beautifully finished space.

  • Focal point: it is important the eye is naturally drawn to an area in a room. In the kitchen, this is often done by having the island a different color, but that is not the only option nor practical especially if you have a galley kitchen. One way to create a focal point is choosing to do the upper and lower cabinets in different colors. Your designer may also have some interesting and unique options as well.
  • Color choice: similar shades or a bold pop of color? This is up to you and what you want your kitchen to say. Similar shades produce a very unified design while contrasting colors make for a nice focal point and visual interest.
  • United: it is important to create some type of unity in the space which can be accomplished with a similar color scheme or matching hardware throughout. 

Remember that this design is meant to reflect you and make you feel comfortable so don’t be afraid to talk with your designer about how to include things that you like and want. See some variations and examples of two-toned kitchens here.

Ready to do a split color palette?

Are you ready to take your kitchen to the next level by adding a splash of color and interest? Your kitchen is meant to be the heart of the home and it should reflect your heart’s style. Visit our gallery to see some of the many two-toned kitchens we have done and maybe get inspiration for your own project. With over 20 years of experience, our team is ready and able to help bring your dream space to life. Give us a call or schedule your consultation today.