When we started planning our new kitchen design the most important decision for me was to get the kitchen cabinet colour right. I had my heart set on two-tone kitchen cabinets right from the beginning.
Kitchens can sometimes be a bit monochrome. I wanted to inject several colours into the room and kitchen cabinets are a great place to start.
We had always gone with white kitchens in the past. Mainly because we were renovating the property to do up and sell on and white was the most popular choice amongst house hunters.
Even though I loved our old white kitchen with wooden worktops, I found myself drooling over different kitchen cabinet colours and often thought about getting our white kitchen spray painted.
Thankfully, I never had to do this as we moved house which meant I could start planning a whole new kitchen colour scheme!
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Our new kitchen has two-tone kitchen cabinets, and I couldn’t be happier with them.
We went for a Chelford Navy Island and Dusk Blue cabinets from Howdens. The colours complement each other beautifully and the Dusk Blue helps brighten a dark corner of our kitchen.
This got me thinking about different two-tone kitchen cabinet ideas.
Colourful cabinetry has been tipped to be a big trend this year and they weren’t wrong.
We often overlook the kitchen when it comes to décor, leaving the walls white and keeping colour out of the room.
Open-plan kitchens are now one of the most sought-after designs when it comes to our homes and with it, décor and colour are being introduced in the form of art, soft furnishings, and rugs.
Kitchen Cabinet Colours
It’s time to go bold in your kitchen!
From pretty pastels to nature-inspired greens and blues, here are a few kitchen cabinet colour ideas to get you started.
Go dark! I love the dramatic nature of dark kitchen cabinets. They are sophisticated and stylish and provide a striking backdrop to your kitchen.
Choose either Charcoal, Navy, Dark Green, or if you’re really brave, black! These dark shades have the wonderful ability to change shade depending on the light.
We have a dark navy island and dark navy cabinets in our utility room which go a glorious blue in the direct sunlight.
If you’re worried that dark kitchen cabinets will make your kitchen too moody, keep the backsplashes and countertops light by installing marble, white quartz, or light wood.
Keep the walls a light shade like off-white, light sage green or a pale grey and finish the cabinetry with brass or gold hardware for a luxurious look.
If you don’t want to go to the dark side, pretty pastels could be your thing!
Pastel colours can be fun and soothing at the same time and remind me of ice cream parlours and sunny days.
You want your pastel kitchen cabinets to take centre stage, so stick with white or neutral colours on the walls.
Accessorize it with bright pops of pink, purple and lilac to make your kitchen pop with colour.
Nature-inspired greens and blues
My current favourite colours to use in the kitchen, there is a large range of different shades of blue and green you can use on your kitchen cabinets.
We have a grey/blue shade on our kitchen cabinets and a dark navy island which work together perfectly.
However, green is THE colour of the moment.
Dark forest and sage green are hugely popular colours which are a modern take on the Navy and grey kitchen cabinets that seemed to be ubiquitous over the last few years.
Dark forest green works amazingly with marble worktops, bronze hardware and wooden floors to give it a wonderfully elegant look.
Sage green is extremely versatile and works with white quartz or wooden worktops. Sage looks best with natural materials like wood and stone and monochrome backsplashes.
After many years of white kitchens, grey cabinets slowly started making an appearance as people began to experiment with other colours in the home.
If you don’t want a white kitchen, but don’t fancy going all out with colour, grey is a fabulous choice.
Warm greys work well as a backdrop and are timeless.
They look best with natural elements like wood, slate and stone which help bring texture and earthy tones into the kitchen.
Not so Mellow Yellow
Yellow has always been a highly energetic colour and brings a touch of sunshine and cheerfulness into any room.
Yellow works in both dark and light rooms – it can help brighten up a dark corner of your kitchen or can be mellowed down in a bright room filled with sunshine.
Yellow kitchen cabinets are really the star of the show, so keep everything else neutral and calm.
But, if you are a fan of bright colours, then go for it!
Use two-tone cabinets with greens or dark blues that help complement the yellow. Add brightly coloured accessories throughout the kitchen to create a fun and eclectic feel to the room.
Beautifully eclectic kitchen by @victoriaemes_home
Pretty in Pink
I love pink cabinets and very nearly had them in our kitchen.
However, as I wanted exposed steel beams and an industrial look, I decided to go with blues and greens.
Pink is such a warm and playful colour; it goes with pretty much anything.
If you don’t want a full-on pink kitchen, think about a pink island with dark navy cabinetry for a dramatic backdrop.
Or choose a darker shade of pinks like a deep red or burgundy to emphasise the pink island.
Metals aren’t a colour as such, more a texture or look.
Stainless steel cabinets are sleek, robust and perfect for an industrial look. They work with other natural materials like wood, concrete, exposed walls and plaster and tiled floors.
Still the most popular colour, white kitchen cabinets are probably the easiest colour to use in the kitchen and help the room stay fresh, bright and clean.
In our last renovation, we went with a white kitchen as it was by far the most popular colour choice.
We wanted to renovate and sell on, so we went with a colour that would appeal to the masses.
Depending on what type of kitchen cabinets you go for, white can be contemporary or traditional.
If you want a more contemporary kitchen, go for marble or white quartz worktops and handleless doors. Gloss white kitchens epitomise that sleek contemporary look.
If you want to go down the traditional route, aim for shaker-style kitchens with wooden worktops, original features and wooden doors. Add a large Belfast sink and stainless steel hardware.
Another trend that is growing, and one of my favourites, is the use of natural wood in the kitchen.
With biophilic design and the indoor-outdoor look gaining in popularity, raw materials and textures are the perfect aesthetic for your kitchen.
The beauty of wood is that it works perfectly with any colour. You could opt for a wood island with sage green or dark blue cabinets.
Another look I love is textured wood like the stunning Nordic Nature range from Magnet. Its fluted oak-effect slab doors will look good next to neutral shades or sage green and light grey wall cabinets.
Keep the worktops white and install matt black hardware for a dramatic look.
I have mentioned two-tone throughout this blog post as it has to be one of my favourite styles in the kitchen.
If you can’t decide on one colour, why not choose two?
Some of my favourite two-tone kitchen cabinets are –
- Dark blue and grey
- Sage green and cream
- A pink island and white cabinets
- Wood elements with dark green
- Mint and gold
- Charcoal and soft grey
- Salmon pink with lime green
- Stainless steel and white
- Navy and Orange
If you have a small or galley-style kitchen, you could use one colour on the bottom cabinets and a contrasting colour on the wall cabinets.
If you have a larger kitchen with an island, this is screaming out for a two-tone kitchen!
I think the kitchen is one of the best rooms to experiment with colour.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens – cooking, entertaining, cleaning and drinking coffee, so why not make it a reflection of our personalities?
As with anything when it comes to our homes, do what makes your heart sing. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to decorating our homes!
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