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Jun

Trend Report: Two-Toned Kitchens

While some trends in home design quickly gain traction with homeowners, and fade away just as rapidly, when it comes to kitchen design, things evolve more slowly and tend to have stronger staying power. Embracing the latest color with new throw pillows in the living room is an easy and inexpensive way to create an of-the-moment look. With kitchens built to last for a generation, or longer, a cutting-edge trend can look dated long before it’s time for a remodel.

Yet kitchen design is not immune to trends, and one such look is the two-toned kitchen, in which two different colors are used in the cabinetry.

An oversized center island in gray is an instant focal point in this kitchen we designed.

An oversized center island in gray is an instant focal point in this kitchen we designed.

“More often than not, we’re doing two-toned kitchens,” says Lisa Lally, a designer at our South Shore kitchen and bath showroom. “We’ve been seeing two-toned kitchens for the past five years or so, and it’s become very popular within the past year or two.”

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A playful blue color on the island adds a beachy touch.

Lisa, who has been a kitchen designer for eight years, loves the look. “Using complementary tones adds a focal point, a pop of color, or if it’s wood, it adds warmth to the space,” she says.

There are several ways of introducing a second color to kitchen cabinetry.

A wood tone for the countertop on the island, and a custom-made hood fan in a contrasting color, are subtle ways of incorporating the two-tone look.

A wood tone for the countertop on the island, and a custom-made hood fan in a contrasting color, are subtle ways of incorporating the two-tone look.

“Sometimes it will be the island in a different color – a wood tone or a fun paint – but it can also be a secondary storage area like a hutch or built-in storage, or even wine a bar,” says Lisa.

While the cabinetry throughout the main portion of the kitchen is white, charcoal gray on just the wine bar helps define the space.

While the cabinetry throughout the main portion of the kitchen is white, charcoal gray on just the wine bar helps define the space.

By opting for a just a piece or two in a second color, homeowners are able to add an accent element to the kitchen without taking “too much of a risk,” says Lisa. “With a client who’d like to take a little more risk, lower cabinets in one color and uppers in an alternate color looks pretty cool.”

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A saturated blue on the island, and overhead lighting and hood fan encasement, is a bold take on the two-toned look.

For some time now, white kitchen cabinetry – such a classic look – has been the prevalent choice among our clients and that continues to be true, according to Lisa. Inserting a second color is quickly becoming an equally timeless approach to kitchen design.