Many homeowners choose a single color for their kitchen cabinets -- and that's a solution that works perfectly well. But two-tone cabinets can make a visual impact of another kind, adding variation that adapts well to styles such as traditional and modern. Here are a few ideas to integrate two-tone cabinets into your own kitchen.
- Use the second tone as an accent. If you're on the fence about two-tone cabinets, then strive for highlights versus true color balance. What that means is, pick a small spot -- a built-in desk, for example -- and use it to try out your color variation. Another way is to paint only the crown molding and do it in a slightly dark tone to add a definitive border to a very high-ceilinged kitchen.
- Try a contrasting material to add a second color. If choosing a second color seems intimidating, think of it in different terms: Pick a secondary material that complements the undertones in your primary color. For example, a sunny yellow kitchen works well with a warm wood island base. A stainless-steel rolling cart offers a charming contrast to the cool blue of navy kitchen cabinets.