There is one trend that we can't ignore right now: two tone kitchens! Whether you love them or hate them, we have to talk about ways to make this growing kitchen trend work in your home.
Marble + Two Tone
The most commonly used countertop in two tone kitchens is marble, given it's neutral overall look that can include light veining to break up too much white. In the photo below, we see marble used as the countertop and backsplash material, adding visual interest while still allowing the lower cabinets to be the eye-catching feature in this kitchen. The deep charcoal cabinet color works seamlessly with the gray veining in the marble, and is accented by brass fixtures.
Most two tone kitchens feature white upper with darker color lower cabinets, but another popular options is so use open shelving on the upper to create the illusion of a larger space. Open shelves flank the modern range hood below, giving this kitchen a modern feel and letting in as much light as possible. If you want to create a focal point in the kitchen, open shelves are a great way to frame your centerpiece, while not completely losing all storage capacity. White countertops flow effortlessly up to merge with the backsplash and upper "cabinet" color to let the natural wood lower cabinets shine in this space.
Color + White
This is the combination we most often see used in two tone kitchens. A painted cabinet color on the lower cabinets paired with white uppers, using the same hardware to tie the two together. The sage green color used below provides enough contrast against the white but doesn't overwhelm with a bold color that may lose it's appeal after a year. When choosing colors for your kitchen, it is important to think about what will last and what can be tied into the rest of your home.
As previously mentioned, the most commonly used countertop choice is white marble or quartz, but when done right, soapstone can be an excellent choice to add a little flair to your two-toned design. In the photo below, a medium gray shade is used on the lower cabinets to anchor the design; soapstone countertops become a focal point when paired with open upper shelving in natural wood, picking up the wood tones in the butcher block island countertop. This kitchen is full of high-contrast details, and using the two-toned cabinet trend allows the design to incorporate other elements like a contrasting stove backsplash and vibrant art that create an overall visually appealing design.