Tips For Creating The Perfect Two Tone Kitchen

We are currently finding ourselves obsessed with the two-tone kitchen cabinet trend that is showing up all over the place these days. Kitchens have been at the forefront of home design for awhile now and homeowners looking for new and different ways to make a statement in their kitchens are really gravitating to this cool look. And we are here for it. If this is a style you’re thinking about going for, read on for ideas about how to make it work for you and your kitchen.

Pick A Focal Point

There are multiple ways to use the two-tone trend to create a focal point in your kitchen.

The purple cabinets in this minimalistic kitchen instantly draw your eye with this unexpected jewel tone. Using the same cabinets, in two different colors with the same hardware, is a great way to keep the continuity throughout your space. We love the open wood shelving above that reinforces the notion of this wall being the focal point.cabinets-purplePhoto:JNordWolfe
This kitchen makes the island the focal point by doing it in opposite colors from the rest of the kitchen, which is a common design theme. This space takes it to the next level with the black and white and contrasting countertops, in addition to the contrasting cabinetry. We love how the glass drawer pulls on the island are so distinctly different from the industrial rustic feel of the rest of the kitchen hardware.two-tone-kitchen-cabinets-black-and-white-picture.jpgPhoto: Trendir
As if this gorgeous distressed icy blue island wouldn’t stand out enough against the flat black of the surrounding cabinetry, they amazing pendant light fixtures further illuminate this beautiful focal point island.

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Go Light On Top, Darker On Bottom

Whether you’re creating a focal point or keeping the design consistent throughout the cabinetry, you will want to keep the darker tone on the bottom. This will have the effect of grounding the space, as well as making it appear larger by naturally drawing the eye upward.

One way to go out about this is to use a bright pop of fun color with white on top. This look manages to feel both classic and fresh, especially with the gorgeous white countertops and white tile backsplash.cabinets-greenPhoto: Tradewinds General Contracting
If you prefer neutral tones to bold hues, you can still absolutely make this look work for you. The gold hardware on all of the cabinet fronts tie the two disparate cabinet styles together and the contrasting marble and wood countertops add a very natural, organic feeling to the space.

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We love how luxurious these creamy colors make this kitchen feel. The subtle color difference between the top and bottom cabinets creates an ombre-like effect that is simultaneously upscale and inviting.3316e248c6c10360873e26a3505d1030Photo: Ugly Duckling House

Mix Materials, Not Just Colors

The two tone trend isn’t just about having different color cabinets. Thoughtfully pairing different wood, natural stone countertops, and textures is a great way to organically achieve this style in your home.

This kitchen uses a tile backsplash to tie together white and wood cabinetry with both wooden and a dark stone countertop. The backsplash that incorporates all of those colors makes what would otherwise be really disparate elements into a really cohesive look.two-tone-kitchen-cabinets-16Photo: Design First Interiors
This mix of wood and white cabinetry feels super sleek and modern with the thick marble waterfall countertops.
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Don’t Forget Coordinating Elements

These are the details that will make your two tone kitchen feel like a cohesive space, not just a random mishmash of colors and materials.

This cheery kitchen uses stainless steel and industrial style silver handles as coordinating elements. The fact that the cabinet/drawer pulls are all the exact same, varying only in size, creates a sense of unifying calm with the appliances, stainless hood, and matching light fixture. Two-Tone-Kitchen-CabinetsA-Concept-Still-In-Trend12Photo: NVS Kitchen & Bath
This kitchen uses gold fixtures and accents as a uniting theme. Even the stove has gold accents, and the marble backsplash contains small brown and gold colored flecks. Gold has been coming back for kitchens this year, and we don’t think the trend is going away anytime soon.27880783_190592884867344_5380731777138556928_nPhoto: Real Simple

As always, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation, and can answer any further questions you may have about the information shared here. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom, or give us a call, any time!

Interesting Islands

Large or small, everyone loves a kitchen island. The kitchen is the heart of the home and people love hanging out there. In your home your kitchen island can be whatever you want it to be, and serve whatever purpose you want it to. It is with that thought in mind we share with you some really cool examples of unique kitchen islands.

This ultra-modern horseshoe island works beautifully with a workspace level and lower glass half-circle dining level. You could also easily pull up bar stools to the upper level on the outside edges to create more seating while entertaining.Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-37Photo: Mendelday Kitchen
We love this triangular island with it’s gorgeous curves. It also incorporates the mixed materials trend we talked about last month by combining natural stone with a built in cutting board space. This design allows for seating on two sides, with a separate workspace area, maximizing its functionality.unique-kitchen-island-shapes-trends-with-enchanting-pictures-ideas-and-styles-cartPhoto: Eckti
Everything about this round island is gorgeous. From the granite counter top to the the walnut inlaid cabinetry, this custom piece is a stunning addition to this amazing mid-size kitchen.unique-kitchen-design-round-kitchen-island-walnut-cabinets-modern-kitchens.jpgPhoto: Nicholas C Johnson
This T-shaped island is a great choice if your space allows for it. The potential uses for so much counter space are really unlimited.t-shaped-kitchen-islandPhoto: DecorPad
This huge S-shaped island is a beautiful mix of granite and wood. The organic curve of the wood juxtaposes beautifully with the sharp edges of the granite counters and round stainless steel sink.22a727e8e5fe87a629ee51b06a52d746.jpgPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island is the perfect example of how using an irregular piece of granite can work for your small kitchen. It shows how much extra storage and workspace an island can create.
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This boat-shaped island is amazing. It feels both classic and modern, a total showstopper that perfectly complements the beachy vibes of the home around it. Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-15Photo: Uhozz

Regardless of how you choose to design your kitchen island, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Tips for Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

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Whether building a new house or remodeling an existing space, a kitchen island is a must-have design feature that can transform how you use and enjoy the busiest room in your home.  At the very least an island adds storage and counter space, creating a centering point between the different appliances and areas in your kitchen.  Beyond that, a great island creates a gathering spot where families can congregate and create amazing memories.

Start with Size

How big do you want your kitchen island to be? This depends on a lot of variables. How much space do you have to work with? And what is going to be the main purpose of your island? Will you use it as additional cooking and prep space, or will it function primarily as seating? Equally important to the size of your island is the amount of space around it. You always want to make sure there is enough room around the island so as not to impede the flow of traffic through your home or limit the ability of the cook to move around easily and efficiently.

An island this size can fit easily into a smaller kitchen.
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A bigger island can really help define the space in a large open kitchen.14032810_321469251530534_1325135376_nPhoto: Caitlin Creer Interiors

Seating

Having seating at your kitchen island is a huge way to increase the functionality of your kitchen island. There are multiple ways to design your island to maximize seating capability. You can use a multi level island which will separate the seating area and work/prep space. You can use your island as a base for a banquette seating area. A table space can easily be incorporated into one end of an island or you can leave a counter overhang with enough room to move push chairs under when not in use.

This island creates a ton of seating for family and friends.fec91a7001fbPhoto: Kelly Deck Design
 A classic example of a multi level island.RS_heather-guss-rustic-neutral-kitchen_4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Photo: Heather Guss
Banquette seating is a wonderful option if your space allows it.03-kitchen-island-with-a-built-in-seating-areaPhoto: DigsDigs.com
Integrating a table space is a great way to utilize one end of a large island.tableincorporated            Photo: Kelly Deck Designs

Storage

Options are almost limitless for storage in your kitchen island. Any combination of drawers, cabinets and shelves give you the ability to really customize the island to your specific storage needs. With that in mind, its a good idea to think about what you want to store in your island. Everyday items need to be easily accessible. Small appliances and larger pots may require extra depth or height.

Drawers and cabinets with pull out shelving maximize storage potential in a medium-sized island.
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Your kitchen island is the perfect place to store and display cookbooks.decorative-cookbook-holder-home-interior-design-transitional-kitchen-london-718x538.jpgPhoto: decorology
A mix of open and closed storage is the perfect way to showcase collectibles while concealing more utilitarian items.Kitchen-island-pots-storagePhoto: Homedit

When it comes to your kitchen island,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!