How Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets Can Transform Your Space

Contrasting cabinets FTW.

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Suzanna Scott Photography

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.

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blue kitchens
Richard Powers
Wood, White, Tile

In this stunning house in Marrakech, owned by the founders of tile design house ,enchanting floor and wall tiles provide a textured backdrop to white and wood cabinets.

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Design by Austin Patterson Disston Architects.
Austin Patterson Disston Architects.
Farmhouse Black and Gold

Black and gold cabinets in a farmhouse kitchen by .

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Design by Soler Architecture and Design.
Soler Architecture and Design
Black Marble Accent

In a kitchen designed by , black and white cabinets are set off with black marble countertops.

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Design by Atelier Cachet.
Atelier Cachet
Matte Matters

Matte black cabinets (and matte white cabinets) make a cool pairing in this kitchen by .

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Monica Wang
Seafoam and White

In this Spanish style home, seafoam base cabinets and white wall cabinets are unified with brass hardware.

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Björn Wallander
Powder Blue and White

In this Beverly Hills cottage belonging to designer , a lover of the Arts and Crafts movement, the kitchen's cabinetry—powder blue on bottom, white up top—is custom made and the flooring is Marmoleum.

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Eric Piasecki
Glossy White and Warm Wood

In a Manhattan home overlooking the Hudson river, the kitchen counter is by , the stove and oven are by , the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the sink fittings are by . The real story though is the play between warm wood cabinets and glossy white.

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Simon Upton
Stainless and White

In this New York townhouse's black and white kitchen, the sleek pendants are from a Czechoslovakian factory and the 1940s stools are by Warren McArthur. The oven is by , the floor is lined with steel tiles. White cabinets are cooly contrasted with stainless accents.

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black and white decor
William Abranowicz
Black Border

In photographer William Abranowicz's Westchester ranch house, pendant lights by hang above the marble-top kitchen counter, adding a clean, minimalistic accent to the black and white space. The black bar chairs are by and the milk glass-lined cabinets are custom made. The backsplash tiles are by .

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purple kitchens
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Eggplant Base

High-gloss, eggplant-hued cabinetry make a statement in a modern kitchen; a sleek row of white cabinets on top provide a visual respite.

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White Kitchen Cabinets
Mary Costa Photography
Moss and White

A center island echoes the mossy tone of backsplash tile in this modern kitchen.

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small kitchen design
William Abranowicz
White and Wood

Designer Stephan Jones and San Francisco art dealer Francis Mill turned a former warehouse space into an art-filled apartment. The kitchen is no exception: the statement wall sculpture is by . The cabinetry is by , the countertops are , the faucet is by , and the stools are by .

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Interior Designer J. Randall Powers
Eric Piasecki
Grassy Green and White

This stunning Houston home makes organization bold with its lower custom cabinets painted in a strié effect and the upper cabinets painted in 's Roman Column. The white wall tiles are by the sink fittings are by , the range is by , the refrigerator is by and the stools are by .

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kitchen shelves
Trevor Tondro
Deep Wood and White

Perfectly line up matching mugs for a minimalist look in this kitchen by , which also features a cool brown wooden island and walls of unfettered white cabinetry.

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kitchen shelves
Jill Buckner, Buckner Photography
Gray and Wood

Install shelving in the corner of your kitchen to add some interesting depth to the space. In this design by , a contrast between gray and wood is particularly fetching.

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kitchen shelves
Marc Bryan Brown
Pale Wood and Black

Create a functional yet zen space with plenty of clean lines throughout the kitchen, like these floating shelves in pale wood surrounding a black island.

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kitchen shelves
Haris Kenjar
Black, White, Wood

In this space by , you'll notice three elements. Black lower cabinets, white upper ones, and a small section of wood-toned open shelving.

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Concealed Kitchen Hoods
Amy Braswell
Royal Blue Base

If your kitchen is already all-white, just painting the lower cabinets can add mood but still allow the room to feel airy and light; here we see blue lower and white upper cabinets and a custom hood by Randall Architects, Inc.

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Brady Architectural Photography
Aqua and White

In this kitchen by the Dawson Design Group, just the top cabinets ar rendered in a glossy aqua blue, creating a pop-art flash in an otherwise completely streamlined space.

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Suzanna Scott Photography
Deep Teal and Wood

Deep teal lower cabinets are a mellow pairing with reclaimed wood.

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Margot Hartford
Orange Accent

In this space by bd home, coral cabinets work as a sharp pop in an otherwise white kitchen.

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kitchen shelves
Ron Rosenzweig
Wood, White, Marble

Create geometric light boxes in wood tones to put your favorite vases and dishware on display, as shown in this kitchen by .

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kitchen shelves
James Yochum
Clay and Russet

A space by makes use of deep reddish cabinets and top ones painted a cool clay tone.

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David Sundberg
Pale Wood and White

Base wood cabinetry and white countertops and top cabinets by Joeb Moore & Partners.

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kitchen shelves
Dayna Novak
White and Wood

Add a contrasting backsplash, like this walnut wood, so lighter tableware can stand out against it

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kitchen shelves
Brian Jordan
Stainless Drawers

A small, corner storage space like these stainless drawers can go a long way when you have a lot of homeware.

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Jay Greene
Gray Base

In this space by WPL Interior Design, a yellow backsplash is set off with gray and white cabinets.

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Chipper Hatter
Subtle Shades

In this bright kitchen by SUZA DESIGN, a herringbone backsplash and pale blue lower cabinetry makes a simple statement.

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Björn Wallander
Black and White

In this modernist San Miguel de Allende home, and island encased in wood that was charred on-site contrasts with a local granite backsplash with a leather finish, and stainless cabinets.

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443 Greenwich Street Tribeca Loft
Marco Ricca
Deep Wood and Stainless

The separate open kitchen in this Tribeca loft was designed to support a large family, complete with a custom stainless banquet by Nancy Nienberg + Joel Dean.

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