Kitchen cabinets are no longer limited to one colour. One of the biggest trends for 2018 is creating a two-tone scheme with sets of cupboards painted different colours. This technique can be used to make the kitchen more eye-catching and modern, or to mark out different areas. There are a few different ways to mix and match cabinets, but which is the best for your home?
Named after the stark black-and-white contrast of a tuxedo, this look has base cabinets painted in a different colour to the wall cabinets. Generally, base cabinets will be painted in a darker colour than wall units, which are often painted the same colour as the wall to blend in. This effect is used to give the kitchen a sleek, breezy look while retaining the practicality and space. Whilst ‘tuxedo’ suggests a monochromatic appearance, like in the kitchen shown here, any dark grey or blue will also work equally well. The beauty of working with white is that it can pair with almost any colour.
A kitchen island is the perfect place to use a brighter colour. Choosing a different shade for the island will make it an accent piece and the centre of the room. Not using the same colour will also make it a much more interesting space to entertain guests. Here, the difference is subtle yet noticeable. The grey cabinetry and white walls create a neutral backdrop, allowing the blue island and warm wood worktops to stand out with a welcoming feel.
Keep It Neutral
Opting to paint one set of cabinets does not necessarily mean you have to choose a contrasting or brighter colour. You could pick two very similar neutral colours which, at first glance, look the same. That is the case for this kitchen shown here, as the colour difference is so subtle that you may not see it immediately. But this spacious cook space delicately balances contemporary and traditional.
The bright white base cabinets and full stave worktop imbue a clean, crisp feel, while the cream wall cabinets blend in with the wall colour. Keeping the colour scheme neutral has allowed the owners to opt for a statement purple range oven and extractor hood.
Another way to achieve mix and match cabinets is to mix materials. Popular combinations include wooden and gloss cabinets or – as shown in this kitchen – having varnished wooden cabinets alongside painted ones. The mint green colour of the island makes it pop out against the traditional style of the wooden cabinets, enticing people to spend time at it. This combination certainly is bolder than the blue-grey mix above.