8 Fabulous Two-Toned Kitchens

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    White Uppers With Wood Bases

    Using White and Wood to Create Interest in The Kitchen
    Two-Toned Kitchen with White Uppers and Wood Lowers and Tall Cabinets. Frank Leung / E+ / Getty Images

    Homeowners don't like to get bored with their kitchens! 

    Kitchens full of interesting design features and focal points can hold the attention of the homeowner much longer than basic, builder-style kitchen with no personality.  

    One way we have seen designers add some personality to a kitchen, is to add upper cabinetry or shelving that is a different color than the base cabinets. This is what we call a two-toned kitchen.

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  • 02 of 08

    Add Color Without Commitment

    Add Some Color Without Overwhelming The Space, Base or Wall Cabinets Only For A Two Toned Kitchen
    Two Toned Kitchen With BLUE!. David Papazian / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images

    Two-toned kitchens can be fabulous in any style from Contemporary to Farmhouse, and even Traditional.

    This works great with color. This kitchen shows blue on the base cabinets and wood on the upper cabinets. This gets you the color you want without having it swallow the space.  

    And yes, you are still committed, just not enough to get bored of over the years.

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  • 03 of 08

    Use Light Color Above The Base Cabinets

    White Upper Cabinets White Backsplash White Countertops with Dark Base Cabinets
    A Two Toned Kitchen With All White Above The Bases Can Look Really Sharp. Whit Preston / Stone / Getty Images

    A great way to "ground" a kitchen, is to do the base cabinets in the dark color, and anything above base cabinets are light in color (countertops, backsplash and upper cabinets).

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  • 04 of 08

    Black And White

    Sophisticated Black And White Kitchen, Contemporary and Stylish, Two Toned
    Black And White Add Drama In This Two Toned Kitchen. Astronaut Images / Caiaimage / Getty Images

    Black and White are always classic together.  In a two-toned kitchen, it offers a dramatic spacial delineation.   

    Since Black is an upcoming trend, you might also like "Black Finishes In The Kitchen"

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  • 05 of 08

    Aluminum Doors And Frosted Glass

    Aluminum Can Also Add A Two-Toned Look to A Kitchen
    Aluminum Upper Cabinets With Dark Wood Base Cabinets. Image Source / Getty Images

    The use of different materials can emphasize this two-toned design style.  

    Aluminum doors has been a trend of contemporary kitchens for years. In this kitchen, the aluminum frames a frosted glass, creating a light colored upper cabinet, used with a dark wood base cabinet.  

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  • 06 of 08

    Just A Touch Of Another Tone

    Blue Wall Cabinets Shape This Kitchens Style
    Blue Again! Add A Few Upper Cabinets In A Different Color. Lived In Images / The Image Bank / Getty Images

    So how do you decide which cabinets are what color?  This kitchen is a great and easy example of how to get that two toned look without doing too much. Take all of the cabinets that touch the floor (base and tall cabinets), and that is your major color. Then take anything not touching the floor (upper cabinets) and treat them as your second color.  

    The dark brown color in this kitchen holds the blue upper cabinets tight.

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    Modern, High Contrast Tones

    Brown and White Two Toned Kitchen, Oh So Sophisticated!
    European Contemporary Kitchen with Two Toned Palette. Peter Mukherjee / E+ / Getty Images

    European kitchen design also lends itself well to the two-toned aesthetic. Lacquered and colored glass doors mix well with wood veneers or the new stamped melamine cabinet doors. 

    In this kitchen, the high contrast in the dark upper cabinets create a dramatic eye-level experience. Dark upper cabinets command the wall space, while matching dark panels encapsulate the white cabinetry.  

    A very well designed, two-toned color layout.

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  • 08 of 08

    Two-Toned Retro Makeover

    Create a Two-Toned Palette With The Kitchen You Already Have
    50's Retro Kitchen Re-Painted in Two Toned Palette. Lena Koller / Getty Images

    If you are not ready to embark on a kitchen remodel, you can certainly hop over to your paint store and DIY yourself a two-toned kitchen.  

    This kitchen makes use of fun retro green and turquoise. A glamorous cosmetic update to give your kitchen more life.

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