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I’ve had numerous requests for paint colors that are similar to our kitchen cabinets.

I finally grabbed a bunch of swatches the last time I was at Home Depot. I held up the swatches against the lower black and upper white cabinets to find swatches that ‘disappeared’ into the cabinetry for a match.

ikea kitchen color-matched

Even though I picked swatches from all different brands at Home Depot, I found matches for the white and black cabinets within the Martha Stewart Living line. Popcorn {MSL254} is a match for the upper white cabinets and Silhouette {MSL280} is a match for the lower black cabinets and island. I’ve heard through the grapevine that Home Depot is discontinuing Martha Stewart paints but will still have Martha Stewart swatches available for color-matching in the Glidden or Behr paints.

If you’re liking the two-tone kitchen craze that’s sweeping the design field right now, put these two colors in your inspiration folder. What other paint colors have you seen paired together successfully in two-tone kitchens?

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

28 Comments

22.August.2012

Hi, I am a faithful reader of your blog, but have never commented before. Can you tell me how you have your kitchen arranged, what cupboards are your dishes in, etc? We are in the process of building a new house which will have fewer upper cabinets then I’m used to and I feel like I need to think out of the box! Thanks much!!

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22.August.2012

love love love your kitchen but you definitely need a pop of color… way too stark – maybe bamboo shades on the windows ?? and a splash of brightness would do it.
love your blog!!

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replied on August 22nd, 2012

We’re far from ‘done’ with the kitchen. I’ll definitely be adding more texture and maybe a bit of color as we go.

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22.August.2012

Were the cabinet colors that you used standard IKEA colors? I love the 2-tone look (especially for my small kitchen), but I’m having a hard time convincing my hubby

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replied on August 22nd, 2012

Yes. The upper cabinetry is the Lidingo in white and the lower is Ramsjo in black-brown…both standard options.

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22.August.2012

Dana, Sherwin Williams also has “chip it”. It’s similar to the pin it button. You just click on the chip button, after you install it on your header, and it will give you Sherwin Williams paint colors that match.

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22.August.2012

I love your kitchen. It’s simple, classic, and very beautiful! I’ll have to stock up on any martha paint I like.. thanks for the heads up!

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22.August.2012

Are you happy with your trim painted white dove? Does it feel too yellow? What would have been your white cabinet color choice if you could have chosen a paint color? Would you have continued with white dove for cohesion?

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replied on August 22nd, 2012

Very happy with the BM White Dove. Not yellow at all. If you’re noticing yellow trim in the image, please note that the trim around the french doors has yet to be painted {along with the actual doors which will go black}. In fact, when we reno the second bathroom the walls in there will be BM White Dove. If we had painted cabinets white, I probably would have painted them with BM White Dove along with the trim. I’ve seen it done before beautifully. SW Greek Villa is another great white that we used in our last house. Loved it!

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22.August.2012

I love your kitchen! Thanks for the heads up on the MS paints at the Depot! I think they also got rid of their Disney line… anyway… Love the kitchen! Can’t wait to see how you tweak it in the future!

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replied on August 22nd, 2012

Like I said, as far as I know, I think they will still carry Martha Stewart swatches – just not the actual paint from the line.

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22.August.2012

Our plan for our new kitchen is walnut (or at least walnut-colored) floor cabinets and white wall cabinets. I guess we’re being trendy with the two-tone kitchen idea, too.

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22.August.2012

Yay, thanks for this info! We have different white uppers than you but I don’t think we have anything we need to paint white…though we did purchase under-cabinet lighting and I guess we need to put in trim to hide those. Dang!

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replied on August 22nd, 2012

How ironic! We are also adding trim along the bottom of our upper cabinets to hide a strip of under-cabinet lighting! Another reason why I needed to find a color match. Great minds think alike.

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22.August.2012

BM Simply white is supposed to be a good match for lidingo, too.

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replied on August 22nd, 2012

Good to know!

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22.August.2012

Love the 2 toned look! What a chic kitchen! I think MS paints have great colors!

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Your kitchen is fantastic! I love the two tone look. In fact, we did that at our last house: http://ourhumbleabowedblog.com/2012/03/13/stick-a-fork-in-it/ For this house, I’m thinking I want a dark island with lighter surrounding cabinets. Who knows when that will happen, but I like it. :)

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23.August.2012

will you be painting your kitchen doors MS Sillouette?

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replied on August 24th, 2012

We actually bought special door and trim paint for the french doors while we were at Home Depot checking our paint swatches, among other things. It’s especially made for door and trim and supposed to cut down on brush and roller strokes. It’s not MS Silhouette. It comes in a standard high gloss black. We think the high gloss will be a nice shiny texture to add to the kitchen and mudroom {those french doors are getting painted too!}. I’ll be sure to share the ‘afters’.

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23.August.2012

I really like the 2-tone look of your kitchen. I think it’s a nice trend myself and would have done the same if I could have had a dark grey on the bottom from Ikea (but not the abstrak they have, too shiny for my tastes). This is my favourite 2-toned kitchen: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/transforming-my-kitchen-a-process-171402

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replied on August 24th, 2012

Love the green and white scheme…so fresh!

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I am drooling over those big orbs of shiny goodness over your island.

It’s love I tell ya!

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23.August.2012

We did black lower cabinets with a khaki-ish upper cabinet. It looked awesome. Then we sold our house. We were VERY nervous when the black went on – it looked PURPLE. Ackk!! But it turned out just fine. Five years later, I still want to redo my current cabinets.

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26.August.2012

I have creamy white cabinets in my kitchen with an apple green island. A few of my cabinets have doors we made out of discarded old windows. The insides of those are painted apple green like the island.

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08.September.2012

Question – how are you liking your Ikea range? We’re looking at the same model, then PRAKTFULL PRO A50 S.

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replied on September 9th, 2012

LOVE IT! Even more than when I did the appliance review because I’ve learned more about all the different functions. The gas top is sooooo nice. And the oven heats evenly, accurately. We haven’t had a single issue with it.

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