What paint color goes with oak cabinets?

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What paint color goes with oak cabinets?
A variety of paint colours complement oak cabinetry well. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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 colour help to further showcase the cabinets or to subtly complement them.

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The size of the room with the oak cabinets can help you choose the paint colour 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, colours like dark blue or purple make the room appear cosier.


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


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.

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