On Trend: Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

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Forget everything your mother told you — it’s totally acceptable to be a little two faced! Two-tone kitchen cabinets are a hot trend in designer kitchens and easy to pull off.

So what’s the appeal? Having two colors on your kitchen cabinets creates a beautiful vintage look from a time when kitchens were built with different furniture-like structures instead of built-ins. So, quite literally taking existing shelves and mounting them to the wall.

But what’re the rules here? It’s not complicated, don’t worry. Put your darker or stronger color on the bottom and your lighter color on the top, that helps the room from looking too heavy and keeps things light on top. When you’re choosing paint, think about shades in the same color family or complementary colors. And for a coordinating pop of color, consider painting the back of your cabinets the color of your bottom cabinets (only if you have open shelving, otherwise it’s not worth it).

On Trend: Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

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How awesome are these Benjamin Moore Whale Gray cabinets? We love the calming gray with the bright white subway tile and clean white upper cabinets. The gray looks even better contrasted with the shine of the stainless steel appliances. Also worth noting how this homeowner mixes her crystal knobs with stainless cup pulls. Perfection.

On Trend: Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets
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Break the rules. Your contrasting cabinets don’t have to be neutrals! We love this kitchen’s washed green bottom cabinets and pine upper cabinets. Embrace vintage inspiration and keep things simple in your own modern kitchen.

On Trend: Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

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The Inspired Room’s kitchen makeover is on point. The combination of Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, softly shaded but still light and airy, and the dark, strong gray bottom cabinets plus chrome, mother-of-pearl and crystal hardware is a great reflection of light and dark. The open shelving and white china are a beautiful addition and continue the white theme up top. To note, if you’re ever searching for a white paint, White Dove from Benjamin Moore is always a fan favorite with designers.

So now you’re ready to try the trend, right? Make your fabulous two-tone cabinets last and ask your pro painters to use a top coat specifically for cabinets.

What do you think about the two-toned cabinet trend? Are you willing to take the plunge and try it? Why colors do you think look best together? Or, is this one better left to the designers? Tell us!


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