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Dual-toned kitchen ideas

A popular trend for those who want to inject a sense of style and depth

Dual-toned kitchens in every style

Shaker, Modern or Handleless, design your dual-toned kitchen in the style that suits you.

Shaker kitchens
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Integra Nordic Nature. Modern kitchen concept with a sleek handless design and fluted oak effect wood doors
Integra Nordic Nature. Modern kitchen concept with a sleek handless design and fluted oak effect wood doors
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Considerations for dual-toned kitchens

Dual-toned kitchens for extending space

 If your kitchen is on the smaller side, incorporating two colours into your design can help to enhance the appearance of space. Choosing a lighter shade for your upper cabinets draws the eye upwards, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness without sacrificing storage. For this type of design, your colour palette can range from tonal shades to bold contrasts – depending on your style and the look you’re aiming for. White or cream upper cabinets can pair with almost any colour to create a sleek, stylish aesthetic that stands out from the crowd.

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Dual-toned kitchens to highlight islands

A popular dual-tone technique is to highlight your kitchen island by opting for a lighter shade on your island cabinets and a darker or more muted shade around the perimeter of your space. This puts your stylish kitchen island on display at the centre of attention, while adding depth to your design. For this look, choose a light or bright tones for your island – such as red, green, cream or white – and a darker, more subtle shade on your wall cabinets – such as grey, charcoal, midnight blue or forest green.
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Dual-toned kitchens for adding colour

For those who want to make a statement, blending two bolder shades for your dual-toned kitchen showcases your signature style and initiates that instant “wow” factor. This type of design brings depth to your kitchen, drawing the eye around the room and creating a look that oozes sophistication. To achieve this aesthetic, choose two contrasting bold shades such as charcoal and olive green and always use the lighter shade on your upper cabinets to retain a balanced look.

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A splash of colour

Using two tones in your kitchen means you can be more experimental with colour without it feeling overpowering, just like we’ve done here with Integra Ludlow, shown in various colour combinations.

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Elegance through contrast

To achieve an ultra-modern design with a statement style, consider pairing dark cabinet colours with natural oak island accents to create a warmer, more eclectic look and feel, like we have in our latest concept kitchen, Mindful World featuring Nordic Craft & Hoxton Sumi Black. 

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Classy & cosy

If your taste is more feminine and traditional, try combining two lighter shades or add in a wood texture to create a timeless yet stylish aesthetic – see how it’s done here with Wardley in Pebble Path, featuring Nordic Craft as an alcove accent.

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Modern & stylish

Take a modern stance on your kitchen design by starting with Handleless cabinetry and opting for two contrasting door colours, paired with brass accessories, such as Integra Soho in Green Olives & Integra Ascoli Dark Oak.

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Sleek & sophisticated

To achieve an ultra-modern design with statement style, consider pairing contrasting cabinet colours with metallic accents to create a modern luxe aesthetic like we have here with Dunham in Eucalyptus Green and Fresh Linen, two out of twenty-one colours.

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Industrial & on-trend

Using a modern Slab-style kitchen in a neutral tone along wall cabinets, highlighted by a bold kitchen island, you can create a sophisticated, industrial look similar to Burlington Red & a neutral tone. To add more of an eclectic feel, you can also feature a third style as we have here with Nordic Wave.

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Our design service

Starting with your first, free consultation, your experienced Magnet designer will be by your side to walk you through the design process and give expert advice at every step. Same-day appointments are available on a limited basis.

Our design service

Starting with your first, free consultation, your experienced Magnet designer will be by your side to walk you through the design process and give expert advice at every step. Same-day appointments are available on a limited basis.

In-Store Design Consultation

Meet with your designer at your chosen showroom.
Duration:
90 min
Outcome:
3D kitchen design & quote

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Duration:
60 min
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