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Paint Color Advice for a Kitchen With Oak Cabinets

The finish on your kitchen cabinets plays a role in the choice of wall paint colors. This is a guide about paint color advice for a kitchen with oak cabinets.
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March 29, 20130 found this helpful

What color or different type of painting should I paint my kitchen? My kitchen cabinets are light oak, counter tops are blue speckled, appliances are stainless, and the floor is ceramic gray with hints of light beige. The ceilings are pine as well as the wall by the refrigerator.

By Susan S from Rockwood, PA

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April 1, 20130 found this helpful
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If you use a lighter shade than one of the colors in the floor, you will make the room appear larger. The other choice that would accomplish this would be to paint the walls slightly lighter than the cabinets to make it appear as all one. I'd like to see you paint the ceiling a lighter color. White that has 50% of your wall color added to it.

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November 28, 20110 found this helpful

I have a long kitchen, galley style. The sink, dishwasher, stove, and microwave are on one side and the laundry closet and refrigerator are on the opposite wall. The ceilings are 8 feet. The cabinets are natural oak and the counters are black and dark blue fleck. The floor is vinyl and has dark blue, grays, tans flecks in the pattern.

The dinning room is attached, well it's really an eat in, I guess. There is no dividing wall for the space, it's open to the kitchen. Right now the kitchen is a blue/white, more blue than a cool white, but not much, called Day spa. We are thinking of making the kitchen a chocolate, mocha brown. I am trying to decide it that is a good idea. We are thinking warm, inviting, etc., but we don't want it to feel small either.

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By DV

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November 30, 20110 found this helpful
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You're right that too much brown can make a room feel uncomfortably close. Have you thought instead of trying a lighter shade of the gray in your floor?

Gray walls (not too dark) can cause the rest of the colours in your room to really pop. Next time it's gray outside have a look at how well the evergreens and anything in a vivid colour stand out against the gray, it's amazing!

You can buy gray paint with chocolate undertones, that makes for a 'warmer' feeling gray than one with blue undertones.

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April 6, 2010

I want to paint my kitchen walls that are currently white. The white shows all the cooking grease and my son's finger tips on the ceiling from him jumping up in the air and touching the ceiling. My cabinets are a oak wood, I also don't know if the paint should be flat or semi-gloss. Please help.

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By Delicia from Chicago, IL

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April 8, 20100 found this helpful
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NEVER use flat paint in a kitchen. Semi-gloss is the usual. Even for the ceiling. You need the surface to be washable. Flat paint is like a chalkboard and will absorb grease and steam from cooking in the air.

For color there is a lot more to consider. There are three common colors of finish on oak cabinets. Which do you have? What color is the floor? What color are other rooms that are visible from the kitchen? The beauty of natural wood is that it will go with just about any color.

Pick out colors that appeal to you and put a dozen or more paint color samples on the wall. Every day as you look at them some will become less attractive and others will stand out. I have surprised myself by finding something I liked better than what I thought I wanted!

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March 23, 2010

I have light sky blue countertops, honey oak cabinets, and light beige colored tile. I have a neutral/beigey colored wallpaper, it's textured and is very decent. There had been fruity paper below it and I took it off, so I was thinking of doing a coco colored wall with a chair rail.

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I also have a color block rug under my table with different colors in it. But I am wondering if I take down the paper, what color to paint the walls. I also am looking to purchase a new kitchen table, what color would look best with each decor? Would a black one be OK, or one with a oak top and black legs? Help.

By Laura from B Branch, AR

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March 23, 20100 found this helpful

How old are your kitchen table and chairs? The condition of it looks great, if I were you I wouldn't buy a new one. The furniture that they are making now is junk.

Your kitchen floor looks identical to the one that we had installed before we sold our 3-bedroom house.

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March 24, 20100 found this helpful

If you must have a rug under your table it should be a bit larger. At least where the legs of the chairs sit on it. All the wood seems to match. I wouldn't change that. The black top table sounds nice too, but it will show all the stains and food "drippings"! from experience.

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March 25, 20100 found this helpful

I have basically the same cabinets. I went with it instead of against it. I bought a "peanut butter like" color for the walls, and 2 shades lighter for the trim. Wal-Mart brand "Harvest Spice" #94191 for the walls and "Praline" # 93191 for the trim. I used a "forest" theme for my decorating items. Since you have a blue counter top you could use blue decorating items.
I think that would look nice in your kitchen, plus these colors hide dirt better than white. Good Luck!

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April 9, 20140 found this helpful

I have a large kitchen, but it doesn't have much natural light. The work tops and cupboards are oak and the tiles are black and cream. I have tried a pale green, but it doesn't look right. I am at a loss as I don't want to just paint it cream.

By Sarah W from Dereham UK

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April 10, 20140 found this helpful

Paint the cabinets white. Paint the unmatching tiles black.There are new paints you can use to successfully achieve this. You didn't mention the color if the walls, but think a color for the walls like at Olive Garden. Beautiful!

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April 10, 20140 found this helpful

Paint the cabinets white. Paint the unmasking tiles black.There are new paints you can use to successfully achieve this. You didn't mention the color if the walls, but think a color for the walls like at Olive Garden. Beautiful!

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December 20, 20130 found this helpful

I have a dark blue laminate countertops with oak cabinets. My floors are white. What color should I paint my kitchen walls? I have only two walls to paint, that are behind the cabinets. Right now they have a fruit wallpaper.

By Ashley

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December 21, 20130 found this helpful

I would do beige or pale buttery yellow.

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December 22, 20130 found this helpful

A light, compatible shade of blue, a soft yellow, peach, sage green, rust or red.

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October 31, 20110 found this helpful

My kitchen has dark oak cabinets (kinda orangy), a dark green countertop, and a light gray floor. I can't seem to find a color for the that would go with this combination. Any suggestions?

By Carmen

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October 31, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds rather dark. You might consider an orangy-grey, a warm grey with an orange cast would warm the room, but a grey with a green cast might also work. Of course, if you want something completely different, a very definite bright orange that picks up the orange of the cabinets might work. This doesn't sound easy to find the right color so I would suggest plenty of paint chips, first to decide the general color, and then refine those choices. Good luck.

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October 31, 20110 found this helpful

Apricot and peach shades spring to mind.

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December 21, 2009

What color should I paint my kitchen? The cabinets are a golden oak. The countertop is light beige. I have a chair rail in the kitchen.

Also, what color hardwood would you put down?

By Shac32 from Philadelphia, PA

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December 22, 20090 found this helpful

Since the cabinets and countertop are neutral, I would go with a bolder color for the walls and/or floor. Perhaps sage for the walls and a cherry wood for the floor? Or, could do cranberry for the walls if you're that bold.

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December 25, 20090 found this helpful

Dark floor, walls sea foam green.

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October 6, 20140 found this helpful

I just bought a home with a lemon yellow kitchen that needs painting asap. The cabinets are a light to medium oak and the flooring is wood a pecan shade. The appliances are black. The counter top is black laminate, but I will eventually be changing it to a ceramic tile with a matching backsplash in a neutral shade. The kitchen is on the smaller side and has a big door wall. There is a half wall separating the kitchen and the family room. I am not much into bright colors and consider my style casual. Thank you for the help.

By Michele

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October 13, 20140 found this helpful

Small kitchens with little natural light require light paint colors. Pecan wood, black appliances would look good with a pale peach or soft blue or green.

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September 24, 20140 found this helpful

I have black appliances, medium oak cabinets, darker gray countertops with black, blue, and almond specks and off white and light gray flooring and lots of windows. I have a laundry room right off the kitchen with white cabinets, light gray countertops, the same flooring and it was just painted butter churn yellow. The Kitchen is stumping me.

By JY from IL

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September 29, 20140 found this helpful

Blue would look nice and compliment with the yellow of the other room and the gray, white and black. I would choose a periwinkle blue or heather blue.

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September 7, 20140 found this helpful

I would like advice for wall and tile color that will match my oak cabinets and dark green counter top.

By Millie C. from Elmwood Park, NJ

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September 9, 20140 found this helpful

I also have oak cabinets and dark green counter. I went with a pale yellow and I love it.

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January 2, 20140 found this helpful

My cabinets are medium shade of oak with black and chrome appliances. The flooring is a woodgrain pattern. My countertops have black and brown with some cream colors in it.

By Patty Mae from Nelsonville, OH

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January 5, 20140 found this helpful

I think a very light beige/tan would look great with the other colors in the room. Very light though so the kitchen isn't too dark.

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July 25, 20130 found this helpful

I have removed the wallpaper from my kitchen walls and now I want to paint. My appliances are black with oak cabinets, beige countertops, and a dark blue floor. Can you give me colors?
Thanks.

By Carla D.

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July 27, 20130 found this helpful

Yellow!

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June 15, 20130 found this helpful

I have browns in countertop, gray backsplash, and light oak cabinets. I am wondering what color to paint my kitchen.

By Chris from OH

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June 17, 20130 found this helpful

Browns complimentary colors are blues. Google brown and blue kitchens and when you click on images, you will get lots. Now, for some reason, aqua is so popular right now you might get way too many of those. But keep trying...you will see some lovely shots.

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May 6, 20120 found this helpful

My kitchen has a beautiful dark blue counter top and oak cupboards. The ceramic tile floor has greyish tones with a tan grout. I would like to repaint the walls. Any suggestions? I have a window above sink and one in door.

By Jo-Ann from Ontario, Canada

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May 7, 20120 found this helpful

To play up the counter color, I would suggest a true light yellow. Pick up the blue and yellow in curtains. I saw some beautiful one that were made of quilting material sewn in squares. The light coming through the blue and yellow was so cheerful.

You could also use the tan as you already have four colors - blue, tan, oak, gray. It would look best is you used tints (color plus white) or shades (color plus black) of colors you already have. Perhaps curtains the colors of the cabinets or a light tan with ribbon the same or nearly the same as the counters. Hope this helps.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

I have a fairly large kitchen with lots of golden oak cabinets. My flooring is one year old and is brown and beige. It is linoleum, but has the look of ceramic tiles. My appliances are stainless steel. I am looking for suggestions for countertop and backsplash colors, as well as, paint colors.

By Michelle F.

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October 20, 20110 found this helpful

Brown with gold counter top and chocolate walls.

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March 28, 2010

What color paint will go in a kitchen/dining addition with darker oak cabinets and harvest gold Formica counters?

By Patti from Detroit, MI

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March 28, 20100 found this helpful

White will go with any color, good luck.

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March 7, 20150 found this helpful

My kitchen is 13.6 feet and has navy blue marble counter top and island. The cabinets are oak and the flooring is a different shade of brown. I was thinking a gold, but am not able to send pictures. Thank you for any help.

By Nancy

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November 3, 20140 found this helpful

I have oak cabinets, black granite with silver specks, and gray ceramic tile floors. What color should I paint the walls? I chose a metallic gray color and don't like it.

By Maria M

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November 3, 20140 found this helpful

My kitchen cabinets are medium oak with green counter tops. My floors are light to medium hardwood. What would be a good wall color?

By Kim

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October 17, 20140 found this helpful

I have very light unfinished oak cabinets, a mostly light beige to brown speckled granite counter tops, a brownish rectangular brick vinyl flooring, white trim, and almond appliances. What color should I paint the walls? Should I stay with beige/brownish hues or go with a heritage greenish color?

By Liz from Calabash, NC

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October 6, 20140 found this helpful

I have oak cabinets, white appliances, a gray mable look tile floor, and white countertop with black gray white speckles. What color should I paint a small kitchen?

By Clara from New City, NY

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October 2, 20140 found this helpful

I am having a hard time picking out a color for my kitchen walls. I have oak cabinets, oak trim base board, blue pearl granite counter top, light blue pearl granite back splash, and what frame windows.

By Ann N

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September 17, 20130 found this helpful

I have oak cabinets and really hate the grain pattern. I don't mind the tone of the cabinets. I am going to paint the walls and ceiling and would like to take the eye away from the cabinets toward other features in the room. Suggestions for colors? Thanks.

By MLG

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July 1, 2013

My son has oak cabinets, white appliances, and white tile counter tops with grey grouting. The flooring is linoleum that is white with light blue square accents. He hopes to upgrade to bamboo flooring. What color should he paint the walls? White is so boring.

By Lisa

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March 23, 20100 found this helpful

I have just bought a house and the kitchen has oak cabinets with a beige counter top and light blue tiles on the floor. The walls are a navy blue, but I find it too dark, and would like to go more towards a warmer color. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Janelle from Waterville, QC

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Kitchen With Oak Cabinets

An apricot or peachy shade would tie all those colors together. (09/05/2007)

By Joan

Kitchen With Oak Cabinets

Do you know how to sponge paint? It's very easy. Cover the dark blue with a few coats of a light blue like the floor tiles, and then sponge paint with a light beige and a little of the light blue. Sponge painting really looks great. The oak cabinets are the best feature and I think the lighter color paint will really make them stand out and look very nice. Just a thought. (09/06/2007)

By Amy

Kitchen With Oak Cabinets

I would use a very light blue to tie the walls and floor together. Either that or a creamy beige that would go with the counter tops. (09/08/2007)

By Mythi

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June 15, 20090 found this helpful

I want to paint my dining/kitchen area. The area is small with a bay window. I have Oak cabinets with a vintage maple stain. My counter top is mauve. I also have an Oak table with hutch. The floors are also Oak.

I have a cased opening that leads to the living room. Colors in living room are mauve and burgundy, with accents of green. What color should I paint the walls in dining/kitchen area? The walls in living room is off white, which I'm leaving. Help.

By rforbes from Franklinton, LA

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You could paint your kitchen taupe or cream, or you could paint it a shade of pink that is two or three shades lighter that your counter top. Another option is a light green, maybe a light sage. I would go to the paint dept of your favorite store and bring home all the paint chips you think might work and play with them for a while before deciding. (05/12/2009)

By Patty Lynn

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