There are few reasons you might be interested in exploring two-tone kitchen cabinets. For starters, maybe you’re doing a little renovating or revamping of an exisiting space. Painting or refinishing just some of your cabinets can make a smart impact. Or perhaps you’re just looking to redesign a space in a more innovative aesthetic. Ahead are 30 examples of two tone kitchen cabinets that make a strong case for abandoning uniformity.

Two-toned kitchen cabinets continue in popularity among both professional kitchen designers and creative DIY homeowners. Using two contrasting or complementary cabinet finishes can create subtle and sophisticated looks that work in both modern and traditional settings.

Check out some of these hot two-toned trends:


Transform a prim and proper cream-colored kitchen from boring to brilliant with a bright island. Vividly painted cabinets add a hint of fun; darker wood finishes create a more elegant look. Paint the backs of glass-fronted cabinets to match the island, and use coordinating color tiles sparingly in the backsplash to tie the look together.


Sleekly modern white painted cabinets hung on white walls and combined with spare stainless accents can make a kitchen look as though it is ready to take flight. Dark base cabinets can pull a floating kitchen back to earth. Choose two neutral colors to keep the look both serene and cutting-edge.


Dark cabinets above white or ivory drawers pull the ceiling down, creating a snug and cozy atmosphere even in expansive kitchens. Combining dark and light colors is also an excellent way to highlight interesting architectural features or stunning glass-fronted or specialty cabinets.


If you prefer a monochrome palette, use texture instead of color to build a kitchen filled with reflective light. Matte wall cabinets combined with high-gloss bottom units create a stunning, streamlined look filled with visual interest without crowding the color scheme.


Traditional maple or oak cabinets get a burst of color by using painted cabinets to break up long banks of cabinets. For best results, use dramatic color changes in sections both above and below, and add furniture elements like wine racks or openwork cupboards to draw the eye and unify the design.


Enhance the timeless elegance of an all white kitchen with the addition of subtle or striking hints of color. An island or serving bar made of painted cabinets in a pastel hue or richly finished dark wood adds just enough contrast to up the interest in otherwise serene kitchens.


Darker floors like recycled brick or burnished hardwoods combine seamlessly with white wall cabinets and interesting wall treatments when darker base cabinets are used to divide the space. The gradual build from dark to light is easier on the eye than sudden changes. A patterned backsplash combining dark and light color elements smoothes the transition.