Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Thinking about two tone kitchen cabinets? Terrific idea!

There’s no rule written anywhere which says you must use only one color on your cabinets. In fact, color combinations create a unique look in the kitchen.


Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Two tone kitchen cabinets are a popular idea with great appeal. So, what exactly makes up a two tone kitchen? The simplest design configuration would be upper wall cabinets in one color and lower base cabinets in a different color. Most times, designers will suggest the base cabinets be the darker color. Why? Dark base cabinets feel weightier and ground the design.

Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Sedgefield (Salt/Hatteras), Savannah (Salt/Nutmeg), & Summerfield (Alpine/Cordovan) by Marsh Cabinets.

White cabinets have been a popular selection for some time now. So, how about choosing white for the upper wall cabinets with a favorite dark color on the base cabinets? In demand color combinations include white with navy or dark blue, stormy grey, rich espresso or deep forest green.


Cabinets with Contrasting Island

Another idea combines wall and base cabinets in one color with an island of a different color. For example, select a totally contrasting color for the island. Think ivory toned cabinets with a grey or dark coffee color island. Or be subtle. In other words, if you’re planning an all grey kitchen, choose a lighter or darker grey finish for your island. The space is harmonious, but with a little added drama.

Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Contrasting island colors. First and third photos also have different door styles on the island.

Contrasting Door Styles

A third suggestion is to combine two different cabinet styles within the kitchen. For instance, choose one door style for your upper and lower cabinets, and then select a different style for an island. This creates a personal, distinctive and custom appearance.

Our kitchen designers (available at all of our locations) will work with you to achieve the look you desire for your new kitchen. Stop by to talk about your ideas and get suggestions. And once we know exactly what you want, a layout will be designed just for you.


Savannah (Salt/Nutmeg) photo courtesy of Tiffaney Konkin.