It is generally accepted that in such a special room as the kitchen, in an interior where there is a lot of everything and a lot of variety, we should choose colors sparingly. It is enough to mix two primary colors.
Adding complementary colors or shades to a room can only lead to chaos that is difficult to control and clutter that is difficult to endure. There is nothing strange about a two-tone kitchen – they look modern, and at the same time, they are far from the standard, often boring monochrome interiors. When decorating a kitchen based on two colors, you should follow a few simple rules. Which ones? You will find the answer below.
Impossible to overthrow
In kitchen interiors, white has been the color for several seasons and all its derivatives are at the forefront. Bright colors are a great base, a starting point for further experiments with an arrangement. White suits almost any style in which we want to decorate a kitchen: from traditional, romantic, Scandinavian, industrial to modern and minimalist. It also harmonizes with all other colors, creates unique duets, allows you to create non-standard, original, and interesting kitchen interiors. White has one more, indisputable advantage – it ideally enlarges the interior optically, makes it brighter, reflecting both the sun’s rays and artificial light. It pleases the eye, does not tire it, contributes to the creation of pleasant compositions in which one wants to be.
1. Subdued elegance or an explosion of colors?
Currently, white is most often used in the design of the kitchen. We can find her in both minimalist Scandinavian design and cool neoclassical interiors. White is also the basis for most duochrome kitchens. The most fashionable and therefore the most popular combinations are white + gray or white + wood. In both cases, we will have a great “base” that will allow you to experiment with patterns and colors of the floor, walls and accessories.
Unlike classic, muted cuisines, there are energetic, colorful compositions here. This season is dominated by warm and expressive colors. So, we will find a combination of yellow and turquoise, orange and purple, as well as a combination of red and black. Bright colors work best for large, spacious rooms. Using two bold colors in a small kitchen will be too tedious.
2. Gloss and haze
After we have decided on the choice of color for the kitchen furniture, it is time to choose their finishes. Consistency is recommended here – top and bottom cabinets should be matte or glossy. Mixing both types of fronts only introduces unnecessary chaos. The exception is kitchens with large surfaces, in which we can afford more freedom in placement.
3. Bright top, dark bottom
Most two-tone kitchen designs are based on contrast. If we decide to combine dark and light colors, it is best to place dark furniture at the bottom and light furniture at the top. This procedure will make the room more spacious, and the cabinets will not “clutter” the interior. Moreover, installing dark cabinets at the bottom will make it much easier for us to choose the color of the floor tiles.
4. Mix more than colors
The combination of matte and glossy fronts is a risky decision, but decorative elements of the cabinets are successfully combined. Using different handles at the top and bottom or glass doors only in wall cabinets will make the kitchen design much more interesting.
5. Furniture is not everything
A two-color kitchen is a great idea if we want to diversify the interior and give it a unique character. However, do not forget to mix the colors of the furniture first. The rest of the design elements of the kitchen, such as tiles on the walls and floors, accessories, should be kept in the same color tone. Thanks to this, we will avoid unnecessary chaos, and the interior will not get bored for a long time.
Two-tone compositions of the most fashionable tones
There are several factors that should determine which colors the kitchen will match. One of them is modern trends, which largely dictate the conditions of fashionable arrangements. Following them guarantees the desired effect of a fashionable kitchen at the height. Such a kitchen is in many ways a room of contrasts.
• Therefore, sterile white can be combined with sharp colors, bright spots that enliven the uniformity of light.
• Warm shades such as red, orange, yellow are in fashion this season. They can play a duet with white in the form of a solid wall, piece of furniture, or selected household appliances. Colored, for example, orange, freestanding refrigerators have become a hit of recent times. They add variety to the kitchen, add color and create a positive attitude. All warm colors that are fashionable this season work in a similar way. Red adds energy, while yellow brings a pleasant warmth to the interior. So, if we spend a lot of time in it, it is worth thinking about adding positive nuances to the arrangement. The kitchen with their participation will not only not go unnoticed, but will also whet your appetite. However, as always, it is recommended to exercise moderation, excessive use of bright orange or red colors will tire the eyes and irritate the household.
• Cool, saturated colors such as turquoise, blue or purple can also accompany white, but remember that they optically cool the room, giving it a slightly alien character. Therefore, it is recommended to use them especially in modern minimalist kitchens, where you do not stop too often. These colors stimulate work, motivate, but do not have a positive effect on appetite.
• Duets based on gray shades are also a very fashionable combination that has recently been used in kitchen design. More and more often chosen gray, like white, is an excellent starting point for further arrangements. It goes with almost any color (except brown) and can create perfect combinations. It is very fashionable to combine it with white. These two basic colors do not compete with each other, on the contrary, they perfectly complement each other.
They are perfect for creating trendy, minimalist kitchens inspired by industrial lofts. Both gray and white can appear alternately on walls, floors, and furniture facades. Where we decide to use individual colors depends only on our imagination and taste. However, it is worth remembering that white on the walls will visually enlarge the interior, which cannot be said about shades of gray. Gray walls and floors are best used in a spacious large kitchen, for a smaller one with light walls.
• The last color that never goes out of style is black. It allows for extremely elegant compositions, so it can be combined with many colors: with white, it creates strong monochrome contrasts, enhances the effect of energetic colors (for example, red or blue), or complements the delicate expression of gray. Due to its strong character, black is relatively rarely chosen for kitchen decoration, only the most daring ones choose it.