Utopia    Focus 06 Feb 2018

5 reasons why a two-tone colour strategy can unlock the potential of your open-plan kitchen


More often than not modern kitchens are sat in open, multi-purpose living spaces, rather than restricted to their own smaller galley formation. This is ideal for socialising, keeping an eye on the family and expanding your storage options, until you realise your kitchen’s palette is beginning to clash with the living zone and the rest of your home. You might want your spaces to co-operate, complement, and collude with one another, but they’re just too different.

But fear not, a simple yet stylish, two-tone colour scheme could be the answer. Here’s five reasons why it could work for you:

1. Offer mutuality to differing spaces

Two-tone schemes give differing spaces something in common. Simply pick one colour that will mutually suit the kitchen and the connected spaces, and one exclusively ‘kitchen colour’. The kitchen colour could be a bold, darker hue, which can sit on the lower cabinetry, while the mutual shade could be lighter, brighter and welcoming tone, and sit on the kitchen’s top row of cabinetry. Then, apply the ‘mutual’ shade in your living areas, to create a flow between the cooking and socialising spaces.

  1. Give your spaces uniformity or individuality

This method can be repeated throughout the house, interlocking nearby rooms with mutual colours. If you want uniformity in your home, keep repeating a thematic tone throughout (but choose your theme carefully, because it will dominate your home!). However, if you want to individualise the spaces, perhaps select a two-tone theme for each space, by simply changing one colour. From room to room, the spaces might change from red and grey, to white and grey, to grey and green, to blue and grey, taking you on a journey of moods.

  1. Liberate yourself to choose a wider range of tones

Another benefit of the two-tone strategy is how much it liberates you to choose more obscure colours. Your favourite tone might be too dark to work by itself. A two-tone scheme that combines dark colours with lighter tones is an effective and attractive solution for making those alluring darker tones work.

  1. Combine modern and traditional

Is your home a mixture of traditional and modern? Two-tone kitchen cabinets work great within both interior styles, as you can easily mix two totally contemporary tones or blend a modern shade with a richer, more traditional hue. Making two-tone an effective solution if you want to maintain your home’s existing theme.

  1. Incorporate textures and materials as well as paints

If you are in love with the surfaces and materials already in your home, there’s no reason to paint over them. Exposed brickwork could serve as a charismatic mutual ‘colour’ across the open plan space – whether is it on the top or bottom half of the wall – and can be matched with a vast array of colours to sit atop it. Glossy tiled surfaces could be preserved to lend light to dark chocolate tones, or, conversely, you might save your mahogany cabinetry to offset it with a chalky white.

So why not get yourself down to your nearest showroom and snatch some swatches to start planning your new two-tone scheme today!

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