Two-tone (or multiple tones) cabinets have gained the spotlight lately. And people have two ways to go around it: they can either choose cabinets in different colors (e.g., red and yellow), or they can choose one color and use different tones on it (e.g., cream and brown).

You’ve decided that you want to go for different tones of the same color – but what are some good ways of mixing and matching those colors? What are some popular techniques that you may try according to RTA Cabinet Supply, or colors that you may use? Well, read this article and you’ll get a few ideas.

Tips for Mix-Matching Colors

Using different tones of the same color in your kitchen can lead to continuity and an overall smooth design. Since you won’t be mixing two heavily contrasting colors, it won’t look as tiring to the eyes. Even if the colors are strong and contrasting in tones, your eyes will not have a difficult time looking at them.

Here are a couple of tips for you to remember when you are mixing different tones in the kitchen:

  1. Use the Island as a Centerpiece

If you are planning to mix two different tones, you might want to use the deeper shade on the island, turning it into a centerpiece. For example, let’s say that you are planning to use different tones of blue in your kitchen. You may use sky blue on the wall cabinets and a deep navy blue on the island. This will give you a nice contrast.

  1. Choose Different Upper and Lower Hues

If you want to inject some color in the kitchen, then you might want to try painting the lower cabinets in a darker tone and the upper one in a lighter tone. For example, if the lower cabinets are navy blue, you might want to try white or soft, light blue on the upper cabinets.

  1. Be Careful of the Undertones

They might be the same color, but they may have different undertones. For example, if you paint your kitchen cabinets in two shades of grey, one with a blue undertone and one going towards beige, it might give off a different vibe.

“Warm colors typically have undertones that are orange, yellow, or red, while cool colors have undertones that are green, blue, or purple,” Sue Wadden, color director of Sherwin-Williams says. “If you don’t want to analyze the undertone too intently, just figure out if the color looks warm or cool to you, and what kind of mood you want your space to have. Warm colors tend to create an atmosphere that’s cozy or energetic and cool colors often appear fresh and soothing,” Wadden adds.

Color Combos to Consider

If you want to paint your kitchen cabinets, then you might be looking for ideas as to what colors you should choose. Here are a couple of ideas that you may want to try out.

  1. Cream and Brown

Brown is a classic color when you want to create a welcoming kitchen. The color itself is available in a variety of shades, from cool tones to warm tones, allowing you to choose the one that looks better to you. “Brown is the color of wood, which is a stable color that we inevitability have in our homes,” says interior designer Elaine Ryan.

  1. Soft Blue and Bold Blue

If you want to give a bit of oomph to the classic shaker cabinet sets, you might want to use bold blue on the island and soft blue on the rest of the cabinets. If you do not have an island, then you may paint the cabinet box a lighter shade and the doors in a darker shade.

  1. Emerald Green and Light Green

Do you want to turn your kitchen into a green oasis? Then you could try to use emerald green. To obtain the lighter green, you might want to add a bit of the emerald paint into a can of white paint. This way, you can get the perfectly matching color without messing with the undertone.

The Bottom Line

For a kitchen to look smooth, you only need two tones of the same color. This will make it look cohesive, clean and put together. Hopefully, this article gave you a few ideas on how to upgrade your kitchen.