What Paint Color Goes With Oak Cabinets?

Oak cabinets in the kitchen or a free-standing oak cabinet in the hallway or bedroom can serve as decorative focal points. Using the right paint color help to further showcase the cabinets or to subtly complement them.

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Oak cabinets in kitchen

Size

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Applying yellow paint

The size of the room with the oak cabinets can help you choose the paint color that goes best in the area. For example, if you have a small kitchen with oak cabinetry, a pale shade of yellow or tan can give the space an open, welcoming feel. If you're featuring a large oak cabinet in a spacious bedroom, colors like dark blue or purple make the room appear cozier.

Types

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Oak cabinets come in an assortment of light and dark color types, making for an array of possible complementary paint colors. For instance, honey-colored oak cabinets can look look especially appealing against walls painted a burnt orange, and light oak coordinates with pastel-colored walls well. Java-stained oak cabinets look good against chocolate brown walls; you get a modern look with slate gray walls.

Considerations

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Rustic kitchen

If you have distinctive furniture pieces in the room, consider matching the oak cabinets with the signature item to make the space particularly eye-catching. For instance, if the breakfast nook bench in the kitchen is a cherry red, dark oak or medium brown oak cabinets can complement the bench well.