We have certainly seen a major resurgence in white kitchen cabinetry over the last ten years. As of late, however, the tonal quality of the white has been shifting. Consumers are showing a preference for more off-whites, less stark, leaning toward whites that are more natural. Trending has also been the design decision to pair these tonal whites with medium to light true-brown stains vs. having an all white kitchen. I recently came across this kitchen, designed by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton, using Dura Supreme cabinetry and masterfully incorporating this trend of tonal whites with mid-brown stain.

Let’s take a look…

The color combo in this two-toned kitchen features a true brown stain and a tonal white painted finish which is right on-trend.

Dura Supreme cabinetry- Lauren door style in Pearl, Camden door style in cherry with Cashew stain. Design by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton

Above we see Dura Supreme’s Lauren door style in a Pearl paint finish. The long gentle bevel of the inside edge profile pairs perfectly with the angle of the hood. The slab doors are Dura Supreme’s Camden door style in solid cherry, stained in Cashew. These two finishes, when paired with the organic vibe of the backsplash gives off a very natural aesthetic. The brushed brass plumbing fixtures and Warm Brass hardware from Atlas complete the look.

A two-toned kitchen with a medium stain and an off-white paint for the cabinets features a pull-out storage accessory for tray storage.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry- Tray Roll-Out, Lauren door style in Pearl, Camden door style in cherry with Cashew stain. Design by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton

The homeowners are very talented cooks, fueling the need for specific utensil and tool storage and prep space. Below we see specialized spice and knife storage flanking the cooktop, and well as the perfect place for a shallow roll-out above a deep drawer.

Creative cabinet storage and accessories for pots & pans, kitchen tools, spices, and cutlery all next to one another.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry- Spice organization/ Knife storage pull-out and Shallow Roll-Out Above Drawer. Camden door style in cherry with Cashew stain. Design by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton

A coffee station was an important consideration in this kitchen design. Honestly, with a coffee-drinking owner, it makes total sense to take some time on this piece of functional design that affects quality of life every morning, or afternoon, or even during late night work/study session!

A working pantry and larder cabinet with a pot-filler for the coffee maker to create an easy-to-access coffee station that can be hidden away.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry- Lauren door style in Pearl, Coffee Station in Camden door style in cherry with Cashew stain. Design by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton

You will see below that care was taken in the design to include integrated plumbing, electrical, and in-cabinet lighting. Here they have everything at their fingertips to create the perfect beverage.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry- Coffee Station with integrated plumbing and lighting. Design by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton

I would be remiss if I did not mention the gorgeous herringbone wood floors. The true brown tones in the floor’s stain just ‘sing’ alongside the Cashew-stained cabinetry.

A stunning transitional style kitchen with two tones of cabinetry including a medium, true-brown stain oak, and tonal white painted kitchen cabinets.

Full view of kitchen towards windows. Dura Supreme cabinetry, design by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton

In this view above you can also see the round walnut inlay countertop at the end of the island, warming up the otherwise all white island. With all of the natural light, and the light provided by the airy globes above the island, this kitchen is definitely a place these owners want to spend time in. It is the perfect blend of relaxed and refined, which is not easy to accomplish. Hats off to Lindsey Markel and her talent for listening to her client’s needs and turning their kitchen into an absolute show-stopper. I hope this prime example of tonal white trends resonates and inspires your next design!

Sandy Kloncz is the Lead Designer and blog author for Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Sandy is the Lead Designer for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 20 years of involvement in the field of Kitchen & Bath Design, Bachelors and Associates degrees in both Interior Design and Mathematics as well as a Masters degree. Sandy’s experience ranges from running all aspects of a Design+Build firm to creating beautiful cabinetry designs at Dura Supreme. She has been a judge through the Builders Association of the Twin Cities for their semi-annual Parade of Homes Tour and is continually inspired by creative uses of space, appreciating projects where form and function are blended seamlessly.

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