The Appeal of a Two – Tone Kitchen

By Janis Manacsa

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One of the most difficult decisions a client has to make when remodelling their kitchen is choosing kitchen cabinet colors. How does one choose with the amount of options that are available? Does one go with a stain, paint, or glossy cabinets? Should one’s cabinets be dark or light? What if one can’t decide and just has to have more than one color?

This is where a two-tone kitchen comes into play. A two-tone kitchen consists of two (or in some cases, three) different colored kitchen cabinets in one space. Despite some belief that a two-tone kitchen is just a trend, there are many benefits of having a two-tone kitchen. Here are some of the most appealing reasons to go with two tones!

A Dramatic Focal Point

The most common application of a two-toned kitchen is having your kitchen island designed in a complementary or contrasting color from the rest of your kitchen cabinets. This creates a dramatic focal point in any kitchen and creates extra depth and character. It visually states that the island is more of a furniture piece and is a central hub for gathering and working in the kitchen.

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Visual Interest

Sometimes adding just a few cabinets and trim in a different color or texture will create visual interest. This can be done on an island, with open shelves, or even in a small section of the kitchen, like the appliance and pantry area or bar area.

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Bringing Balance to a an Existing Space

Sometimes pairing darker base cabinets with lighter wall cabinets create the perception of a more grounded space. The darker cabinets will feel and appear heavy and sturdy, while lighter wall cabinets will lift any space upwards, creating a more open and inviting feel to the kitchen. This is beneficial when a space has multi-level floors, unusual angles and varying ceiling heights.

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Make a Statement

Go big or go home! Sometimes bold colors can be overwhelming. By using a subtle color with a bold color, one is still able to make a statement without going overboard.

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