Color Block Kitchens | Cabinet Designs That Pop!

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How do you freshen up your kitchen design with two-toned cabinetry? You color block! Two-toned cabinetry or color blocking an area of cabinets in your kitchen is a great way to add a fresh, new twist to your kitchen design. A great place to start would either be with a center island or a wall of lower cabinets. Whitewashed or bleached white oak finishes are also growing in popularity, and a look I’m currently addicted to!

Here’s a sneak peek of white oak finishes by The Haven List:

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What is Color Blocking?




noun: color-blocking

  1. (in fashion and design) the use of contrasting blocks or panels of solid, typically bright Color.

How Does Color Blocking Apply to Kitchen Cabinetry?

When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, we only choose one pop color—for example, white outer cabinetry, with a navy blue center island. Although some may coordinate purple pants with an orange top, I would never recommend you pulling colors like that. It’s best to color block with white or natural-light wood cabinetry.

Here are a few great designs to help inspire your next kitchen to remodel:

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Color Blocking With White Oak Cabinetry

I love the look of how white oak is being used in cabinetry today. Although we aren’t transitioning out of the white and bright cabinetry trend quite yet, we do crave a little extra pop! According to Yelp’s home expert, interior designer Lauren Makk, “a two-toned kitchen is a really easy way to create instant interest.”

This photo from C A R A + F O X is a great example of how beautifully white oak can transform your kitchen in a fresh and neutral way.

Photo by CARA + FOX Instagram

The Benefits of Color Blocking Your Kitchen

A few benefits to color blocking your kitchen are (hint: they are gorgeous!):

  1. You get to update your kitchen without disrupting the entire family food zone.
  2. You can play with adding colors without committing to everything.
  3. You can always stay on trend by only repainting the center island every 7-10 years as color trends change.
  4. The look is beautiful and shows your style is on-trend.

What Colors Are Best to Color Block a Kitchen Island?

Most commonly, I’d recommend white cabinets above the sink paired with shades of nautical or navy blue, black, grey, emerald green, or whitewashed oak. However, there are many shades and hues to choose from. I would recommend you choose the color that brings you the most joy or the color that matches your overall design, best.

For help in choosing paint color from an expert in the paint industry, I’d recommend Kylie M. Interiors

If you have any questions that were not answered in this article or if you have some design tips to share, please leave them in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “Color Block Kitchens | Cabinet Designs That Pop!”

  1. Thanks for this great post about color blocking. I have been thinking about redesigning my kitchen but wasn’t sure how. I’ve never heard of color blocking before reading this post, and I think it’s an excellent idea.

    I have a quick question though.

    How much would something like this normally cost? And can you do this in other places other than your kitchen? 

    Also have you done color blocking before? If so how did it turn out?

    • Hi Michael, great questions, thank you for asking. Costs depend on the size of the project and if you hire professionally or DIY. We have done this for several customers. Our expert painters do great work! 

  2. Wow! These are really great to see. Honestly, I can’t seem to grasp the blends well but they go perfectly well and most importantly made everything very bright and a lot cool. The idea of color blocking is actually cool since it makes everywhere have a special feel and more personalised. I kind of like this here.thanks

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