Should You Go Two-Tone with Your Kitchen Cabinets?

Should You Go Two-Tone with Your Kitchen Cabinets?

Today, we're talking about one of the coolest trends I've seen lately: two-tone kitchen cabinets. If you're sprucing up your kitchen, you might be wondering if this trend is right for you. Let's break it down together!

Why Two-Tone Cabinets Might Be Your Next Move

So, should you go two-tone with your kitchen cabinets? Recent trends have been all over the place, from single-color schemes to vibrant, retro styles. But here’s the thing – there are no strict rules. It’s all about what feels right for you and your home.

Two-tone cabinets are an awesome way to add depth and interest to your kitchen. If you're more into a minimalist vibe, sticking to one color might be your thing. But if you love a bit of visual excitement like me, then two-tone could be perfect for you.

What the Pros Are Saying

I’ve been chatting with some design gurus, and here's what they have to say:

Elizabeth Sherwin, the creative director at Naked Kitchens, says, "A two-tone kitchen looks great and works well in a large area where using two colors helps break up the space. It can also delineate areas like separating the dining zone from the busy cooking space."

This is especially handy if you’ve got an open floor plan and want to create distinct areas without putting up walls.

Tom Howley, another design expert, says, "Two-tone kitchen cabinets can transform your kitchen by creating a visually engaging space. This approach allows you to play with color dynamics and can make a room feel larger and more inviting."

Who doesn’t want their kitchen to feel bigger and more inviting? This is especially true for us in the DFW area where space and comfort are key.

Highlight the Good Stuff, Downplay the Not-So-Good

Hannah Yeo from Benjamin Moore adds another great point: "Using two colors can visually divide the space, creating distinct zones or focal areas that help manage the room’s dynamic environment."

In other words, you can highlight the areas you love and, let’s be honest, maybe hide the less glamorous spots.

How to Rock Two-Tone Cabinets

Ready to give it a go? Here are some top tips from the pros and a bit from me:

  1. Pick Your Highlights: Lower cabinets or an island in a different color can really ground the space and draw the eye to different levels. It’s a neat trick to make your kitchen pop.
  2. Keep it Light and Airy: Elizabeth suggests using lighter colors for the surrounding cabinets and a darker island to keep things open and fresh.
  3. Match Your Style: Choose colors that complement your home's overall aesthetic. Whether you're into warm neutrals or bold, primary colors, pick what feels right for you. Trust your gut!
  4. Classic Combos for the Win: A timeless navy blue paired with off-white or light grey is a favorite. It’s elegant, bright, and works with both traditional and modern styles.

Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bold

Patrick O'Donnell from Farrow & Ball suggests that moodier hues can also make a striking impact. Think dark chocolates with pale blues or deep wine reds with soft pinks. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

My Two Cents

So, should you go two-tone with your kitchen cabinets? Absolutely! It’s a fantastic way to add some personality and style to your kitchen. Whether you go for bold contrasts or subtle pairings, it’s all about making your space feel like home.

Stay informed, stay positive, and as always, if you need any guidance, I’m here to help. Let’s navigate this together!


Johnny Apple
This blog post was inspired by an article from Home & Garden. You can check out the original article here.


At the heart of my drive are my three boys, who constantly inspire me with their zest for life and love. They motivate me to pursue excellence in all my professional endeavors. As a Real Estate Agent, I’m passionate about not just facilitating transactions, but in helping people discover their ideal home, fostering lasting connections along the way.

Follow Me on Instagram