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Two-Tone Cabinetry

Making decisions about kitchens can be tricky. There are so many things to think about in the process, adding something else into the mix bit might seem a step too far. However, with a little thought, you can create a unique look and one that reflects your personality, with just a few tweaks.

These days kitchens, particularly ones for living in as much as cooking in deserve something a little more exciting than a row of plain white boxes but if you’re willing to be just a little bit braver with your colour and cabinetry choices you can take your kitchen from the ordinary to the extraordinary in a few simple steps.


When your head is saying ‘choose white’ but your heart is crying out Farrow & Ball 'Railings' adding an accent colour is the way to go. Opt for your bolder colour choice on a third or less of the total space to ensure it isn’t overbearing – particularly in smaller kitchens. Darker wall units will stand out in more modest spaces, while in bigger rooms an island or a wall-to-ceiling bank of cabinets in a contrasting shade work perfectly.
With almost limitless colours to pick from, you can mix three shades together. Choose subtle changes in faded tones to give a Shaker-style kitchen a classic unfitted look. Or, opt for a bold contrast by highlighting a feature – such as a dresser or larder – in a striking shade. Keep the boldest or brightest of your colours on base units and contrast with pale on the walls to ensure it’s not too ‘in your face’.


Suiting both traditional and modern schemes a mix of wood and painted cabinetry is a great way to add definition to a certain area or create a contrast between wall and base cabinets. Pick a colour for the painted units that brings out the grain in your chosen wood – bold shades such as aubergine and emerald green go well with dark woods while pale woods are a great partner with white cabinets or shades of blush pink and pale grey.

Ready to refresh your kitchen? Request a free copy of our brochure here, or book a design consultation here to discuss plans in your local store.

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