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The “New” Two-tone Kitchen

Whether modern or traditional, a classical all-white kitchen makes for very beautiful and elegant kitchen design. However, with such a large variety of different finishes available in the market today, two-toned kitchen cabinets are an exciting relatively new style in kitchen design. This style gained popularity because it suits so many kitchen styles from modern, contemporary to classic, the options are endless. A two-toned kitchen is a design that can be accomplished either by using two different tones – complementary or analogous – or different finishes.

One way to create a two-tone style is to select your second cabinet colour as a contrast to the first i.e. blue and orange – complementary colour. Then again, choose a secondary colour that complements the undertones in your primary color. This is suitable for larger size modern kitchens; for a more dramatic effect. Bolder contrasting colours can have higher impact to your kitchen. An example of this is a kitchen where all of the floor units/cabinets are blue and all of the wall units/cabinets are orange.

If you have a smaller size kitchen or want to create a harmonious tone throughout the kitchen, use two-tones selected from an analogous colour scheme, or colours that are close together on the colour wheel. Subtle colour contrasts can make for extremely elegant kitchen designs. For instance, make use of different greys, silvers, white and blues. • Likewise, you could also use two different types of finishes. Pick a secondary finish that complements the undertones in your primary color. For example, use a mixture of veneer or wood for some of the cabinets and a plain colour for the others.

Subsequent to picking different tones, colours or finishes; you need to decide what impact of effect you want to create in your kitchen. Do you want to create one or more focal points? Use the secondary colour or finish in those areas. For instance, you could just have the island as a different colour or frame the sections you want to highlight with the alternative. Do you want a dramatic effect? Have the wall unit one colour or finish and the floor units’ another.The additional colour and/or texture add depth and visual appeal to any kitchen (or room). Just a reminder! Always keep in mind to make use of the colour wheel when choosing complementary or different colours or finishes.

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