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HomeDesignGet the Look: Two-toned Kitchen Cabinetry

Get the Look: Two-toned Kitchen Cabinetry

One of the most exciting aspects of updating your kitchen is planning out its style; browsing Pinterest or design sites for inspiration, and breathing new life into a tired space.

But sometimes it can be difficult to narrow down all of these enticing options and decide on just one to implement into your design. It doesn’t have to be this way, however – two-toned cabinetry is a growing trend that lets you have the best of both worlds. Stylish and practical, design-wise, opting for a different colour in your lower cabinets to the overheads also works to break up the monotony so often seen in kitchen design and invite light into the space.  Here’s how to make it work.


Create a contrast

Incorporating contrasting colours in upper and lower cabinetry can create the illusion of space in a small kitchen. Using a light palette on top lessens the harsh division between wall and cabinet, and keeps the weight in the bottom half of the space.

Space factor aside, opting for a light shade such as white in contrast with any other colour – wood, pastel tones and even deep navy blue – will create brightness in an otherwise dim kitchen, whilst avoiding creating too clinical of a space. 

Contrasting colour choices aren’t just confined to cabinetry. You can opt for an all stone island bench paired with opulent emerald or navy cabinetry on an adjacent wall, and accompanied by eggshell upper cupboards. The options are endless, and the choice is totally yours. 



Using contrasting tones creates a wow factor for any kitchen.


Incorporate texture

While wooden kitchens may have been all the rage a few years ago, it’s a strong look that can date quickly if not done well. When you pair wood with a more traditional finish, you still get the impact while ensuring your kitchen will look great for years to come. 

Light timber tones, when chosen for cabinetry, pair well with just about any surface. If opting for natural stone, light cuts of marble or terrazzo create a harmonious contrast. 


Create an impact by combining white with a modern timber finish.


Experiment with colour

If you don’t want to relegate colour to the splashback, consider using cabinetry to lend a pop of personality to your kitchen. Whether it be pastel hues or bright jewel tones, balance out your vibrant palette with a neutral tone. The end result? A kitchen that will brighten up your day every time you see it.


In small kitchens, a complete fit-out of pastel joinery can have an overzealous feel. If you love the idea of soft pinks or even cornflower blue, choose one zone in the kitchen in which to focus the colour. This way you get to inject some colour and personality, but it can be balanced out by more demure colour choices elsewhere. 


If you need expert advice for exploring two-toned kitchen cabinetry, at Apollo Kitchens, we’re here to help you. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.     

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