If you’re looking for a fun, fresh way to update your kitchen, you might want to consider two-toned cabinets.
I’m really excited about this trend. I think it’s a fun way to add some dimension to your kitchen, and there are so many different approaches you can take—no matter how bold or safe you’re looking to play.
If you’re looking to try out this trend but want to keep it a little less striking, having a kitchen island that is a different color from your cabinets is the way to go.
The goal of two-toned cabinets is to create a focal point in the kitchen, and an island is a natural focal point on its own. Painting or staining it a different color will make the focal point stronger, and this is definitely recommended if you’re island is already the visual strength of your kitchen.
Think complimentary colors here. Pull out your middle-school color wheel and use it for inspiration! It’s so important to choose colors that complement each other rather than work against each other. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and you want to make sure you create a space that makes you feel good.
If you don’t want two different colors, utilize different finishes or even two different shades of the same color. This is a great way to add some personality and depth to your kitchen.
This is my personal favorite. I love bright and happy, and I think painting your bottom cabinets a bright and happy color is such a great idea.
While you can use color, you can also utilize different finishes or even different materials to create contrast here as well. Just like when using the color wheel, you want to choose a material that compliments the main color of your kitchen.
For example, forest-y greens and shades of yellow complement wood, and steel appliances work well with blues and purples.
Use white or a neutral-toned wood to balance and connect your colors. In design, this is referred to as the 60-30-10 rule.
This proportion of colors will help you ensure balance in your room. Your main color will be present in 60% of the room, your secondary color will be 30% of the décor, and the last 10% is dedicated to your accent color. In the kitchen, that white or neutral wood can act as your accent color!
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.