What Paint Colors Match With Oak Cabinets for a Hallway?

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What Paint Colors Match With Oak Cabinets for a Hallway?
The hallway in your home need not be a drab, purely functional space. (sot/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Too many homeowners have houses where the hallways are forgettable spaces, merely connecting one room with the next. Hallways needn't be just functional passageways in your home; rather you can transform them into remarkable spaces that guests and residents alike enjoy passing through. A good start to creating such a space is via your paint colours. For a hallway with oak cabinets, specific paint choices are ideal.

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Warm and Light Colors

Oak cabinets in your hallway are a gift. Oak is more than just a sturdy material; it's a golden, welcoming shade of wood. Accentuate this by painting the surrounding walls in your hallway a light, golden shade that brings out the golden colours of the wood. For example, colours like butter, light cream, light bronze, autumn orange, mustard and blond will naturally complement the oak cabinets. Such light colours are also suitable for smaller, narrower hallways as they'll make the space seem bigger.

Bold Colors

Any bold colour that you choose will effortlessly contrast with the oak cabinets as oak has a naturally neutral shade. Thus, by using bold paint colours you create a dynamic colour scheme that will make the hallway a more dynamic environment. For example, pick colours that you wouldn't immediately select for a hallway, colours like hot pink, sapphire blue, bright turquoise, electric purple or lime green. If you decorate the hallway in a subdued, restrained and elegant fashion, these colours won't look harsh or gaudy.

Earth Tones

Since oak does come from a tree, painting a hallway that has oak cabinets other colours that occur in nature is a fitting move. For example, light tones of brown, like cafe au lait paint colours, or light shades of green, like mint green, and light shades of blue, such as pastel blue complement oak cabinets and give your hallway an earthy natural feel. You can also go dark for a more dramatic look with such natural colours; for example, select a chocolate or coffee brown for the hallway or a hunter or evergreen shade or a royal blue or azure. The darker paint colours, however, are best for hallways that have lots of natural light coming in.

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