10 two-tone kitchens that totally nail this 2021 trend

Two tone kitchens are the only way we are doing kitchens this year – here are 10 looks to show you why

Two toned kitchen by Devol
(Image credit: Naked Kitchens)

One of life's hardest decisions has surely got to be what color to go for in your kitchen. Okay, maybe not the hardest decision, but it is pretty tricky. But it's made all the more simple when you can choose two colors rather than one, hence why we are all about the two tone kitchen trend that's been on the rise in the last few months.

We no longer have to choose between bold or neutral, sage green or blush pink, muted grey or sandy beige, because it's officially a look to mix both!  Plus this duo colour scheme is actually a classic look that is sure to stand the test of time. So choose the perfect combo for optimum style and you might find yourself feeling a less frequent need to redecorate...

Always a bonus. Plus, it's a look that you can very easily incorporate into your current space – without the need to rip out your entire kitchen. To help you out, we've rounded up ten inspiring kitchens below to convince you two colors are better than one. And, if you are after more kitchen color schemes be sure to check out our gallery for more ideas.

1. Paint a kitchen island to contrast cabinets

Pink and blue kitchen

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

If you have been blessed with a kitchen large enough for an island, why not use it to bring in a second color to your kitchen. An island is already such a focus in a kitchen so why not make it stand out even more by painting it in a contrasting color to your cabinets. 

Pink and navy blue are the color combination right now, and although on paper it looks like a bold scheme, as you can see in this kitchen it's actually a really liveable look. It's colorful without being overwhelming and isn't so bold you can't bring in other colors too.  

2. Freshen up colorful cabinets with white

Two toned kitchen by Devol

(Image credit: deVOL)

If you want to dabble with colorful kitchens but still want your space to have a neutral feeling overall, consider doing one row of colourful kitchen cabinets and then keeping the rest of the room cream or white. We love this stoney, muted blue, it's such a classic kitchen color that's both elegant and inviting. The terracotta pots are a subtle addition, but they really pop against the blue plus add a touch warmth to the space. 

3. Pair bright kitchen cupboards with neutral walls

When it comes to creating a two toned kitchen, paint is going to be your friend. Painting kitchen cupboards and walls and even floors, is the easiest way to create a new colour scheme in your space. We love how the cabinets in this kitchen have been painted a really vivid green (Verdigris Green by Farrow & Ball) and the walls have been kept a simple orange-toned neutral. There's enough colour in that wall colour to create a contrast and give the two toned effect, while it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the space. 

4. Hang wallpaper to introduce another shade

Kitchen wallpaper ideas

(Image credit: Little Green)

Like paint, wallpaper can be a really easy way to subtly introduce a second colour into your kitchen. We like how this wallpaper almost totally matches the green of the cabinets but still brings in that pink hue for contrast – another two toned kitchen done beautifully. 

For more kitchen wallpaper ideas head to our feature. 

5. Mix unexpected colors

Neptune black kitchen with yellow walls

(Image credit: Neptune)

Who would have thought we would be drawn in by black and yellow?! It shouldn't work but it totally does. This black kitchen proves you can pair black with other bolder colors without the room looking too crazy.

The key is to stick to the more muted tones. The yellow here is still bold but it's more mustard than citrus and there's plenty of light in this kitchen too which helps and white walls and ceilings balance out all the color going on. 

6. Bring your floor into a two toned design

Oooh this kitchen is so colour co-ordinated and we love it! The floor has exactly the same two colours as the cabinets and the walls which just adds to the overall two toned look. Dark blue and pink is also a classic, high contrast combo that is bang on trend right now – plus it can work in both traditional and modern kitchens alike as it won't be going out of style any time soon.

Like the classic look? Check out our traditional kitchens feature for food for thought.

7. Create a soft look with pastel tones 

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer © Future)

Does it get more dreamy than pale pink and sage green? Oh wait, yes, you throw in some copper too. You can recreate this combo by painting your kitchen cabinets and walls, but if your kitchen is already quite a neutral space, think about bringing in these two tones in a smaller, much easier way. Paint a pink feature wall and look out for sage green accessories and kitchen storage to create a similar vibe for just less effort. 

If you love pink as much as we do, be sure to check out our pink room ideas gallery. 

8. Contrast your kitchen splashback with your cabinets 

Small kitchen ideas

(Image credit: Little Greene)

Got a tired looking splashback? You can actually paint over it, just check out our guide to how to paint tiles. This yellow and blue combo strikes the perfect balance between bold and subtle – contrast, yet soft and muted tones – so that the overall effect isn't too loud at all.

And, for more kitchen splashback looks and inspiration check out our piece.

9. Go for a classic monochrome scheme

Neptune black and white kitchen

(Image credit: Neptune)

Ah, a classic black and white kitchen you just can't fault them. We love the idea of having an all black kitchen and then adding in one statement white piece like a dresser or an island. In this kitchen, nothing strays from the theme, the tiles, the shelving, the hardware all work towards such a cohesive look. It's warmed up by the wooden flooring so there's still some softness there too – just lovely.

10. Tone down candy shades with darker hues

Pink kitchens

(Image credit: Naked Kitchens)

Pink kitchens are everywhere right now, and while they might seem like a trend that resides in the squares of Instagram and Pinterest, they become a whole lot more liveable when you pair them with a deeper, more muted shade.

Look how in this kitchen, the very bold pink is take down a notch or two by the darker purple cabinets behind, it just results in a much more grown up look. 

Are two tones kitchens in style?

Yes, two toned kitchens are in style! They have definitely increased in popularity over the last year but that's not to say they aren't a timeless look. They have longevity too, because you can be more experimental in your color choices, but you won't tired of them as quickly as if you'd gone for one single shade. 

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.