Honey oak kitchen cabinets have a rich warmth and deep grain that bring a built-in palette to the kitchen. Determining which granite counter tops to add to this colour scheme can be challenging. Luckily, there are countless colours and shades of granite to choose from, many of which work well with honey oak. Whether you want to highlight the cabinet colours or downplay them, there is a granite that will work for your kitchen decor.
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Complementing the Warmth
Honey oak has a rich, nearly orange tone to it that is reminiscent of natural cherry. The deeper grains from the oak can bring in darker tones that border on brown. If the floor of the kitchen is also a warm colour, consider continuing with this theme on the counter top by using a warm-coloured granite, preferably one that also picks up some dark tones to pull in the grain of the cabinets. Stones to consider include Fire and Ice, Juparana Giovata, Giallo Venezio, Baltic Brown and Arandis. Make sure that at least one tone in the granite matches the main colour of the oak while a fleck of colour or vein in the granite picks up the grain.
To play down the colour of the honey oak and introduce some new colour into the kitchen, consider a cooler-toned granite. Look for a light-coloured stone that is predominantly grey, white or blue in colour, but that contains some small amount of gold, yellow, tan or brown fleck that complements the cabinets. The result will be a counter that works with the cabinets while toning them down and drawing the eye away. Counters to consider include New Caledonia, Ouro Romano, Golden Romano, Monte Blanc, Gold and Silver, Colonial Dream and Taupe Gold. Stay away from stones that introduce flecks of cranberry or pink to avoid clashing with the cabinets.
Dark and Dramatic
With the deeper grain in the oak, it is possible to use very dark-coloured stones on the counters. Particularly if the kitchen has stainless appliances and lots of natural light, a dark-coloured granite that also picks up a fleck of the cabinet colour can produce a dramatic design. Consider a deep-coloured stone, such as Black Galaxy, Uba Tuba, Soapstone, Black Mosaic, Capolavoro, Nordic Brown or Sapphire Blue/Brown. To avoid clashing with the cabinets, avoid stones that are solid black or that don't contain a small amount of gold, tan or brown amid the darker tones.
Green and Natural
Honey oak-coloured cabinets have long been paired with green counter tops for the natural colour combination they produce. There are countless shades of green granite available; choose one that is a warm, or yellow green for the best results with the warm oak. Consider Costa Smerelda, Coast Green, Laurentian Green, Verde Marinache, Earth Glitter, Peacock, Rainforest Green, Surf Green or Wild West. Be sure to bring along a sample of the cabinet colour, when looking at these stones, to ensure that the green colours are warm enough or yellow enough to complement the oak, without adding too much contrast to the space.
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