12 Two-Toned Kitchen Ideas That Will Make You Rethink Your Reno

Two hues are better than one.

White Kitchen With Colorful Rug

Blue and White Kitchen With Colorful Rug

A colorful rug lifts the palette of this simple kitchen to rainbow levels, paired with its sky-blue lower cabinets and cloud-like upper cabinets and backsplash.

Photo by: Mary Costa Photography

Mary Costa Photography

A trend that continues to show up in kitchen design is the two-toned look, like this pretty, pastel kitchen by designer Jessica McClendon (above). These spaces dive a bit deeper into a color contrast either by painting upper and lower cabinets two different colors, using two distinctly different materials for cabinetry or adding a contrasting backsplash. Kitchens and color trends don't typically veer too far from the norm in the world of design, so this two-toned trend is a great way to mix things up. Plus, painting just your lower or upper cabinets might be just the quick fix you need in your space.

Check out these 12 two-toned kitchen styles that we think got it totally right.


Open White Modern Kitchen

White Modern Kitchen

Glossy white cabinets without knobs or handles create a streamlined look in this modern kitchen. Gray lower cabinets ground the space.

Photo by: Kris Tamburello

Kris Tamburello

This sleek, modern kitchen from designer Nathalie Milazzo nails the simple two-toned look perfectly. By choosing to have the bottom cabinets in gray and upper cabinets white, she’s created visual interest in the space without it feeling too overwhelming.

Modern Rustic

Modern Kitchen With Gray Cabinets, White Countertops

Mod Galley Kitchen

Dark gray cabinets with linear pulls pair with white quartz countertops in the kitchen. A sleek, stainless steel range hood suspends above the gas cooktop, and a pair of pendant lights dazzle above the sink area.

Photo by: LOCZIdesign


In this modern-rustic kitchen by Loczi Design, a medium gray set of lower cabinets is paired with a rich, cherry wood on the opposite side of the space. The combo makes the kitchen feel warm and open, and the use of different materials helps the space feel layered.

Backsplash Wall

Small Black & White Eclectic Kitchen

Tiny Eclectic Kitchen

This tiny black and white kitchen designed by Kim Lewis Designs is nine feet wide. The countertops are by Silestone, lights by CB2 and tile by Daltile.

Photo by: Molly Winters Photography

Molly Winters Photography

This petite kitchen by designer Kim Lewis makes use of one of the most classic color combos in design: black and white. With white lower cabinets and a counter-to-ceiling black-tiled backsplash, the space looks decidedly two-toned. Paired with the black ceiling, your eyes are instantly drawn up, making the small space feel larger.


Transitional, Black-and-White Kitchen With Island

Functional Kitchen Island in Chef's Kitchen

White cabinets paired with black countertops and farmhouse sink surround this chef's kitchen, while the large island has the opposite effect with black cabinets and chic white countertops. Contemporary pendant lights hang above the island illuminating the workspace, which also functions as a casual dining spot with comfortable barstools.

Photo by: Julie Soefer Photography

Julie Soefer Photography

An eclectic style kitchen by Marie Flanigan Interiors features another example of the white and gray two-toned space. The darker countertops echo the gray color, while the white upper and lower cabinets help the space feel light and airy.

Traditional With a Twist

Open Kitchen With Large Island

Transitional Open Kitchen

An oversized gray kitchen island with a marble countertop sits under clusters of glass pendant lights. Dark wood custom cabinets hide appliances.

Photo by: Cure Design Group

Cure Design Group

Here's a great example of a traditional-style kitchen with a few modern touches from the Cure Design Group. Using bold, contemporary light fixtures above the island beautifully highlights the black and light wood two-toned design. White countertops and tile balance out the look.

Wood as the Star

White Contemporary Kitchen With Dark Wood Islands

Sleek, Open Kitchen

The kitchen features two islands, with one for prepping and the other for dining. Floating shelves display dishware in elegant fashion.

Photo by: Trent Bell

Trent Bell

This Urban Dwellings-designed kitchen feels super warm and inviting. They used natural woods to help define the space on a pair of islands as well as some open shelving. Paired with the light, white lower and upper cabinetry, as well as a white brick on the wall, the space feels industrial, modern chic.

Two-Toned Walls

Small Open Kitchen

Small Open Kitchen

Subtle shifts in the geometry of this modern building maximize natural light and views to the sky, expanding the perception of space and openness while maintaining the small footprint. As the walls splay out from the base of the building toward the roof, the resulting void is a central light well.

Photo by: Bates Masi + Architects

Bates Masi + Architects

This gorgeous kitchen by Bates Masi + Architects is another space that shines with the black-and-white color combo. In this two-toned example, one entire wall is white, while the opposite wall is black. The technique manages to create a stunning contrast in the space.

Wood + Pattern

Brown Open Plan Contemporary Kitchen

Brown Open Plan Contemporary Kitchen With Dark Wood

Because the rest of the home features mostly light shades, the designers chose dark wood finishes for the kitchen to add contrast. The marble backsplash was sourced from a local stone slab provider and cut into rectangular vertical tiles.

Photo by: Laure Joliet Photography

Laure Joliet Photography

Here's another dramatic kitchen by Geremia Design. They paired rich, dark wood cabinetry with a bold, abstract backsplash, creating some serious contrast in the space. The result is a super chic, sophisticated kitchen that really stands out from the crowd.

Dark Color

Neutral Kitchen with Green Wooden Cabinets

Rustic Neutral Kitchen with Green Wooden Cabinets

A neutral rustic kitchen with green wooden cabinets is shown, as seen on HGTV's Home Town.

From: Home Town
and A House With History

Darker colors work great in two-toned kitchen designs, too. This sophisticated hunter-green color on the upper cabinetry is paired with a medium wood for the bottom cabinets. A terra-cotta floor echoes the color of the wood, taking the two-toned look all the way down to the floor.

Island Centerpiece

White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range Hood & Subway Tile Backsplash

Rattan Barstools at Casual Kitchen Island

Custom cabinets and a stainless steel vent hood top off this bright and lively chef's kitchen. Friends and family can gather around the painted island while the gourmet meal is being prepared. The walnut countertop and rattan barstools warm up the crisp white cabinetry and subway tile backsplash.

From: Rachel Oliver

Photo by: Rachel Oliver

Rachel Oliver

If you're not quite ready to fully embrace the two-toned look by painting your upper and lower cabinetry two different colors, take a cue from designer Rachel Oliver and introduce a second color on your kitchen island. In this stylish example, Rachel introduced a medium gray color to the otherwise all-white kitchen, creating some subtle contrast. Eclectic accessories, like the vintage rug and wicker bar stools, pull the whole look together.

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