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Cabinet Refacing Ideas for a Two-Tone Kitchen

by Melissa Bullard
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If you're refacing your kitchen cabinets and you want a look that can bring depth and texture to your kitchen, consider two-tone kitchen cabinets. Choosing two different main colors for your kitchen can give it visual harmony and interest, and keep one color from becoming overwhelming or bland. Interested? Read on for tips on how to accomplish the best look for your kitchen.

Two-Tone Cabinet Basics

If you are considering two-tone cabinets, keep these hints in mind:

  • Make sure that you've chosen two base colors that coordinate, not a base tone and an accent tone. Colors that are too bright or intense look bad in large amounts.
  • Paint two-tone kitchen cabinets with colors that not only coordinate, but bring out the best in each other.
  • Two-tone kitchen cabinets tend to look best in large kitchens, with enough visual space for two colors. Be careful with small kitchens; too many colors could make the space look crowded.

Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Here are some of the most common schemes to paint your kitchen cabinets with two tones.

  • Cabinets doors and drawer fronts are a different color from the cabinet box. This can be in the form of two different paints, or leaving one surface bare wood or veneer while the other is painted. Of course, if you choose this design, you need colors that look good divided into little bits amongst each other.
  • Accent major work stations. In this design, cabinets that are directly below major workstations, including the sink, the stove, and your kitchen island, are painted one color, while all the other cabinets are painted a different color. This looks best if there are also architectural details in your cabinet wood that help to visually separate each workstation.
  • Paint or refinish your kitchen island differently from the rest of your cabinets. This looks best when there are pieces of color to tie the two tones together. For example, if your countertops are all grey and you are painting your cabinets white, a black island could be very striking as long as there are other black details throughout the kitchen like hardware or a black tile backsplash.
  • Paint up and down differently. Finally, consider painting the cabinets below the countertops one color and painting those above the countertops a different color. This usually looks best if the darker color is on the bottom because it is visually heavier.

Depending on the size and design of your kitchen, any of these two-tone paint schemes can made a bold design statement.

About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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