Combine Retro and Modern with This Two Tone Kitchen

Posted February 6, 2019 by Megan Corsano

This two tone kitchen is the perfect blend of retro and modern. The contrasting colors add balance and dimension to an otherwise flat color scheme. The rich color of the cabinets complements a stark white counter and backsplash to give a retro feel to a modern home. Bubble lights and pearly white tile brighten this room while the dark finish of the cabinets keeps it cool and modern. Judy Jetson meets Betty Crocker.

This two tone kitchen with shaker cabinets is the perfect blend of retro and modern.

This two tone kitchen is the perfect blend of retro and modern.

Bring New Life to a Classic Design

At Cabinets To Go, we love to pay homage to the past. Lovers of more elegant times will find the charm of this kitchen irresistible. Accessorize Bordeaux shaker cabinets with retro pieces like an antique knob or a pearly white tile backsplash, to bring the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s straight into your home.


Brown shaker cabinets with antique knobs and subway tile backsplash.

Accessorize Bordeaux shaker cabinets with retro pieces like an antique knob or a pearly white tile backsplash.

Nostalgia Comes Free of Charge

Transport yourself to another time through this two tone kitchen. Combine the swanky atmosphere of a 1940s cocktail lounge with the squeaky-clean, all-American retro kitchen.


Transport yourself to another time through this two tone kitchen.

Transport yourself to another time through this two tone kitchen.

A Kitchen Designed for Guests

We know the importance of the balance between aesthetic and function. The kitchen is the liveliest room in the home and the hub for entertaining. The layout of this two tone kitchen is perfect for entertaining. A large wrap-around counter with bar stools near the oven means your guests can keep you company while you prepare those delicious home cooked meals they’ve come to enjoy.


Red toaster on brown cabinets with a white countertop and teal wall in background.

Two tone kitchens are perfect backdrops for colorful accents like this teal wall and red toaster.

Accent Colors for the Modern Kitchen.

Domestic life in the 1940s and 1950s is characterized by bright, contrasting colors. Retro kitchens wouldn’t be complete without a mint green fridge, but we think a green accent wall is better suited to bring this retro vibe into 2019. Not feeling bold enough to commit to lemon-colored walls or bright red furniture? Try a fun, brightly colored toaster and a bowl of colorful fruit on the counter to playfully and more subtly embrace 1940s and 1950s Americana.


Pearl white orb light fixture in kitchen.

Don’t be afraid to accentuate a two tone design with light fixtures.

Scratch-Resistant Countertops

This gleaming white tile in this kitchen is tied together with a white Chaumont quartz countertop. Quartz is non-porous, heat resistant, and durable enough to handle any baking endeavor.


White quartz countertop on brown shaker cabinets

Chaumont quartz countertops are perfect for this two tone kitchen.

It’s All in the Details

Channel the memory of classic big brass swing music by adding customizable brass knobs and pulls to cabinets and drawers. The finish on these pulls gives this retro two tone kitchen an antique quality without sacrificing quality and durability.

A true retro kitchen wouldn’t be complete without exposed vent piping. However, we think there is a much more elegant way to recreate that rustic and industrial look. Opt for a sleek stainless steel wall-mounted range hood such as this one to make a statement.

This kitchen is all about contradictions. Embrace the spirit of the 1940s and 1950s all-American with a design that combines bright and clean with dark and sultry. The only thing missing is a freshly baked apple pie.