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December 28, 2019

I have oak cabinets and would like to do a black and white kitchen. What color would work with that? I have wainscoting half way up on my walls.


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What vibe are you going for? Red is a good choice for a classic look. Turquoise is a nice rustic theme. The right shade of green can evoke 1950s. Gray is very hipster. Post back what you decide!

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If this is for our kitchen and you are looking for a black and white kitchen I would go with a turquoise color for the walls. I know yellow also works well with black and white. Considering it is for a kitchen you should keep the color bright and cherry and yellow would do just that .

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I would go with a light cream yellow and not a very dark one. Make it moe of a light lemon yellow and it would work great.

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To create a tranquil, calming atmosphere in your kitchen you could use blue-gray or sage. For something more exciting, plum would be beautifully dramatic. If you want something unique, try a shade of coral. However, you need to carefully choose shades of coral, yellow, peach and orange. While some shades complement oak cabinets other shades can look unattractive against oak cabinets.

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November 28, 2011

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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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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March 29, 2013

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.

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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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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.

By Delicia from Chicago, IL

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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.

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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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July 3, 2019

I'd like to re-do my kitchen and am really having a hard time figuring out what's going to look right. My kitchen cabinets are a honey oak in color. I was looking at granite countertops that have a black, grey, and white marble kinda look.

My house is pretty country. So I was wondering if that countertop would look right and what color would you paint the walls?

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July 16, 2019

I have a open plan kitchen dining room. My cabinets are golden oak from the 90s. I am getting new flooring and paint. I am looking at hardwood for my living room in an oak color and a travertine tile for the kitchen, but I am stumped with a wall color. I don't want green, blue, or gray. I want a neutral color. Everything I read points me to grey or green.


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June 4, 2019

What color should I paint my kitchen walls if I have a chair rail, light oak cabinets, beige Corian counter top, and a beige floor?


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June 4, 20190 found this helpful

Mint green or pale yellow would be really pretty.

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January 29, 2019

I have medium to dark green ceramic tile floors in a large kitchen. I have medium orangish tone oak cabinets and off white walls. I just tried painting them light gold and they came out mustard. It's awful and looks terrible with the darker orangish tone oak cabinets. I need to paint over this asap. The living room which you can see from the kitchen is a medium sage green. What do I paint the mustard over with? Should I go back to off white. I do not like gray, blue, or yellow.

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January 29, 20190 found this helpful

I would choose a light tan or a lighter green in the same color family as the tiles.

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March 23, 2010

Kitchen with oak cabinets.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.

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.

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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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March 7, 2015

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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April 9, 2014

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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December 20, 2013

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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October 31, 2011

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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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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