Paint Colors That Go With Honey Oak Moulding

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Paint Colors That Go With Honey Oak Moulding
Honey oak typically has a shade reminiscent of honey or light caramel. (honey image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

Honey oak moulding is exactly what it refers to; it's decorative material made out of oak, the colour of light caramel and it traditionally goes at the point where the walls meet the ceiling or where the walls meet the floor. Honey oak is a wise choice for interiors because of its versatility; it can look classic, old-fashioned or modern.

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Cool Colors

Cool colours, such as shades of blue, green and purple are appropriate if you really want the honey oak moulding to represent more than just a slight detail of the room and really pop out. Honey oak has such an inherently warm colour that cooler colours create distinguishable contrast, causing the moulding to stand out. Because honey oak is warm without being too bold, stick to more pastel shades of cooler colours. For example, mint green, sea foam blue, lavender, light lime green, light teal and pale blue grey cause the colours to stand out against each other. These pairings are both suitable for modern and traditional styles of decor.

Warm Colors

If you want the room to glow with a bright, welcoming atmosphere, the honey oak moulding is simply the first step in a room full of warm colours. Select paint colours stationed on the warm section of the colour wheel: shades of red, orange and gold. For a more understated look, select shades with the same lightness as the moulding, such as sienna, peach, mauve, dusty rose, butter yellow, coral and other light shades. Because the honey oak moulding is already a warm colour, you can go bolder with warm paint colours, selecting darker shades without it looking overwhelming. For example, colours like cranberry, apricot, lemon and even fuchsia look striking with honey coloured moulding.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colours are less saturated colours, most commonly seen as creams, greys and browns. These colours truly give you the height of versatility in a given room as they go with any type of decor scheme. Paint your walls a dark cream, a light tan or a pastel grey if you'd like to decorate with an earthy style or a sleek modern one; the results are always harmonious. The colours work with both warm and cool accent colours. For example, decorate a room in full on neutral colours and "warm it up" with warm coloured accessories, such as a cranberry throw pillows and a copper urn. Alternatively, "cool down" the room with cool-coloured accessories such as blue and green glass vases or a aquamarine throw rug.

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