A lot of the time, the hardest part about updating your kitchen isn’t about what style is important (However, that may be the first step to your remodel) but the color and finish itself! Two toned kitchens are a great option to give an extra flare and bring life into your kitchen design.
Two-toned cabinet schemes are where your kitchen has either two different color or material types on the upper and lower cabinets. Many people have a hard time picking a design direction in their home. Between modern, rustic and traditional styles, many of us have conflicting design tastes and want to incorporate many of them without having the styles and furniture pieces clash in their home.
Wood and White
Whether one prefers darker or lighter woods, this is a great option. Adding white upper cabinets to wood lower cabinets adds a clean, crisp, modern element while the wood keeps the space warm and inviting. Depending on the wood finish one may want on the lower cabinets can completely change the feeling of the kitchen.
Mixing white cabinetry with wood can create a traditional or transitional effect, if a more traditional door type is chosen, while choosing a more sleek door style can choose a more modern and minimalistic style.
Wood on Dark
Choosing a lighter or pale wood finish with a subtle grain that is textural versus the normal, bold, organic stripe for the uppers and a bold black, navy or dark gray finish for the lower cabinets creates a natural warmth and beautiful texture to keep the kitchen. Pairing this type of grain with the dark lower cabinets breaks up the kitchen from being too busy with patterns and actually opens up the space without having to add whites to your kitchen.
Navy on Wood
Navy and blue-green hues are a nice touch of color while still being neutral enough to mix in with a variety of shades. Navy pairs best with warmer wood tones (as blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel), but since both are relatively neutral, they add a sense of liveliness without being obnoxious or too bold.
Wood on Wood
Pairing a lighter wood on the top cabinets and a darker wood on the lower cabinets creates a very natural, earthy, feel without being too daring. The easiest way to make two woods or finishes work is to create a clear contrast between the two, with one being much darker than the other, while keeping woods with a similar grain pattern, so the kitchen doesn’t seem too mixed and matched.