These Two-Tone Kitchen Color Ideas Will Have You Reaching for Multiple Paintbrushes

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It's highly likely that you've noticed we've been going on and on about two-tone kitchen cabinetry in the last few months or so, being that it's a hot trend in the culinary world right now. So we thought, why not take it one step further and look beyond just cabinets? Genius, right? If you're after a bold statement, this is definitely the look for you. And if by some small chance you need more convincing, here are two-tone kitchen ideas that will have you reaching for, well, two paintbrushes.


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1. Work with white.

White paint needn't be boring, and this kitchen design by Cartelle Design is here to prove it. The white walls, upper cabinets, open shelving, and countertops are the perfect juxtaposition to the sage floor cabinets and patterned tile. The finished look is clean, airy, and wonderfully graphic.

Get the look: Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White and Sherwin-Williams Kind Green

2. Think about texture.

If you're after a softer two-tone kitchen color idea, think about adding texture to your look via the walls or by opting out of a backsplash. The ballet shoe pink Venetian plaster walls in this cook space by Wu Haus are the perfect match to the muted greige cabinets, proving that two-tone needn't be harsh.

Get the look: Semihandmade Supermatte Light Grey Slab in Clay

3. Mix and match cabinetry.

You've probably seen the revival of two-tone cabinetry where the wall and floor sets are typically complementary hues, but we love the random approach seen in this design by Woodbeast. Pops of orange and blue occur on random cabinets and the island and create a fun and funky midcentury feel.


Get the look: Behr Tahoe Blue and Behr Tart Orange

4. Be bold.

This family home is ticking all of the style boxes with its powder pink walls and emerald green cabinetry. Choose bold colors in your own two-tone kitchen design for the ultimate statement.

Get the look: Dulux Powder Pink

5. Block colors.

We've fallen head over heels for this refreshing yellow and teal kitchen — just look at that light. It's fun and playful, and with all of the focus on the bottom of the room, looks even bigger and brighter than it would with something plain.

Get the look: Valspar Beside the Seaside

6. Accessorize your countertops.

The open plan kitchen in this family home designed by Barcelona-based architects CaSa is a fresh take on Scandinavian style. Warm gray cabinets have been matched with a bright burst of coral and the hues have even been brought out in the terrazzo countertop and backsplash. Cue oohs and ahhs all around.


Get the look: Benjamin Moore Coral Reef and Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

7. Tie in the flooring.

Go the whole way with your two-tone kitchen color idea and get your hands on a floor tile that combines both shades. 2LG Studio clearly got the memo with this pink and blue kitchen, which features a geometric pattern floor that ties the walls, baseboards, and cabinets together seamlessly.

Get the look: Atrafloor Geometric 3D Cube Vinyl Flooring, $69

8. Break it up.

Okay, okay, so clearly we can't get enough of a pink and green color palette. But we realize this two-tone kitchen idea might be a little too much for some of you out there. Pro tip: Break up the color with a white backsplash like the one seen in this kitchenette by Dabito from Old Brand New. The separation will still allow you to get the look but on a less intense scale.

Get the look: Behr One to Remember and Behr Fig Tree


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.