Why Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets Are the Trend You'll Be Seeing Everywhere

Say goodbye to the stark white kitchens of the past and hello to the mix of colors that define the kitchen trends of the present. According to Yelp's home expert, interior designer Lauren Makk, "a two-toned kitchen is a really easy way to create instant interest." While the look has been around for a few years, it's clear that this dynamic trend is here to stay. It involves playing with different color variations, usually when it comes to the upper and lower cabinets in your kitchen.

A frequent iteration of the look includes a darker color for the lower cabinets and a lighter shade for shelves that sit higher up. Think white cabinets above the sink paired with shades of blue, black, or brown below. However, there are no set rules for which color combinations or design elements work best. If you're feeling experimental, you can try color-blocking one wall of cabinets from another instead of contrasting upper and lower cabinetry or even play with varying shades of the same color.

Trade in restrained color schemes like white on white for bold contrasts of black and gray, variations of green and blue, and combinations of tan and white. "Whether your home is a chic cottage or a modern mansion, this trend can easily be implemented into any good design or style," Makk says. Grab some paint swatches, a few brushes, and an old T-shirt and start designing. Here are 16 two-toned kitchen cabinets to inspire your next showstopping interior design project.