2018 Trend Update: Two Toned Kitchens

House of Jade Interiors

At the beginning of the year, we predicted we’d see more of the two toned kitchen trend in 2018. Were we right? Yes! More than half way through the year and we are seeing beautiful kitchen designs that nail the look. Although we are finding new kitchens that pair white with classic black or a pretty color, this year the emphasis is definitely on wood with fresh white, bold color, or dramatic black paired with the warm organic look of natural wood.

The contrast of a two toned kitchen adds visual interest and keeps your design from feeling too predictable. Using unpainted wood as one of your colors adds a rustic vibe that feels timeless. Plus, keeping the beautiful grain of the wood visible adds texture. Take a look at these current two toned kitchens and see why pairing natural wood with your painted cabinetry is a trend to love.

Contrasting Cabinets

The House of Silver Lining

Picking a contrasting cabinet color for one wall section adds interest and creates the look of a built in hutch. How beautiful does the wood look and paired with black in this clean modern kitchen?

New Old

Black upper cabinets are paired with rustic reclaimed wood lowers for a great update on a classic tuxedo kitchen. Although the wood is raw, classic hardware and styling keep the kitchen feeling refined.

Contrasting Drawers

House of Jade Interiors

This butlers pantery stopped us in our tracks. So good! The kitchen has beautiful timeless elements of marble and hand-scraped oak but the white and wood flat-front cabinets are a modern twist that makes the whole kitchen design feel new and interesting.


Contrasting Island

Becki Owens Town Center Project

Keep your cabinets monochromatic, but create drama with a contrasting statement island. The warm wood island in the kitchen of our Town Center Projects adds a rustic Old World vibe and makes a statement against the white cabinetry. In this space, we chose a richer medium tone over the ashy blonde wood we love for our coastal homes.

Huit, photo: Chad Mellon

The sharp contrast between blue and white in this two toned kitchen is softened with natural wood. Its light and bright but the dark color and wood accents make it feel rich.

Jaclyn Peters Design


Two tone kitchens are a trend to love if you want to add warmth or drama without sacrificing the clean freshness of a white kitchen. For a kitchen that pairs clean modern lines with organic warmth, keep part of your cabinetry natural wood.

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