Oak is a favourite choice, especially among builders, for kitchen cabinets. Oak cabinets are durable, relatively inexpensive and versatile. One drawback, however, is their colour. They are a pale gold, which is almost impossible to match; it's also difficult to find a colour that's complementary.
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Consider the Entire Kitchen
Before locking in a colour choice, consider the entire kitchen. If the floor needs an update or the countertop needs replacing, this is a perfect time to plan for those upgrades and make choices that match. If you're content with what's already there or can't afford to make those changes now, then you need to factor what's already in the room into your colour choice. If there are other rooms that need to have the same colour scheme due to open floorplans, consider those areas as well.
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Choose Your Mood
Since oak cabinets are so light, you can go bold with colour on the walls. A medium green would make the cabinets pop, as would rust or adobe red. If you want to keep to a more neutral shade, almond, peach or ivory would be a better choice. Bright reds and blues are not good choices for the kitchen.
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Play Up the Accents
A backsplash made from silver or copper would add a designer look to the room. You can coordinate your cabinet hardware to match and can extend that look to the ceiling, too.
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Consider Painting the Cabinets Instead
If you truly want something different from builder-grade oak cabinets but don't want the expense of ripping them out and replacing them, consider painting them instead. A cream colour with glaze provides a brand-new and completely different modern look. You can cut out part of the interior of the door and add glass or mesh for a higher-end look.