Trying to find the best paint colors that go with honey oak trim and cabinets can be a daunting task. You really have to consider undertones and both complementary and contrasting colors on the color wheel. Seems like a lot doesn’t it?! But today I have done all the heavy lifting and found you 21 amazing options that will go perfectly with any honey oak you might have in your home.
Paint is hands down the best (and cheapest) way to update your home. You can do amazing things with paint and it’s the best way to get a transformation!
If you have a kitchen that has honey oak cabinets and you want to update it can get really expensive! If you have a whole house of honey oak trim that can be a real pain to have to replace. You can always paint the cabinets or trim but that would be a lot of work.
If painting the cabinets and trim isn’t something you want to tackle right now the best thing you can do is embrace the honey oak and make it work. You need a good wall color to do that.
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Will honey oak ever come back into style?
Well, the simple answer to that is probably not. Honey oak had its hay day back in the 80s and 90s and while there are many things that have circled around and come back into style, that color wood likely won’t ever be one of them.
The reason why it won’t come back into style is the color of the undertones it has. They are very yellow and orange and ever since we hit the 21st century we have done pretty much everything we could to remove that orangey wood tone.
I still have flashbacks to my first kitchen in my first house and the orange undertones the wood had. Orange doesn’t look good in that much wood in that big of a space.
What can you do to make honey oak trim or cabinets look good?
You have two choices, you can pick colors that have the same type of undertones that will be similar to the honey oak look. Or you can pick contrasting colors across the color wheel that will complement and tone down that orange look.
What is a color wheel you ask? Good question. Here is the simple definition.
The color wheel is an arrangement of all colors on the spectrum based on their relationships, and it’s useful in creating harmonious color schemes. Complementary colors enhance each other’s intensity when placed right next to each other, which is why they’re often used to create bold, high-contrast images that pop.Source: Maryville University
So when you are looking at the color wheel and you want to tone down the look of a certain color then you need to choose a color opposite that on the wheel. If you want to blend in that color then choose something on the wheel that is close by.
Let me give you an example. I have very dark circles under my eyes, they are purple even on my best days. So when I put makeup on I use a color corrector in an orange/peach shade then add concealer on top of that.
The color corrector tones down the purple in my skin so when I put concealer on I have a cohesive color with the rest of my face. If I didn’t do this no amount of concealer would hide all the purple in my under eyes.
How to know if a paint color is right for you?
The best way to judge if a color is good for you then you will want to put a swatch on the wall and look at it over a few days. Look at it in different lights and decide if you really like it.
You can do this by getting a sample from the paint store and using a brush put it up on the walls, but then you are left with a can that you can’t do anything with. Those samples are used with poor quality paint and aren’t meant for use on your walls permanently.
I recommend going with Samplize. They are a company that will send you a 12X12 peel and stick swatch of a paint color that you can stick to the wall. When you are done just peel it off and throw it away.
It’s easy and much less messy!
Paint Colors that go with Honey Oak Trim and Cabinets
Okay so now we understand you need to choose a color that has similar tones to it or contrasting tones. The similar tones will blend and make the orange/yellow undertones coordinate while the contrasting tones will tone down the orange and yellow undertones.
Sherwin Williams Paint Colors that go with Honey Oak Trim
Let’s start off with Sherwin Williams, my go-to paint manufacturer. These will be colors with similar undertones that will go very well with any type of honey oak.
Agreeable Gray is my go-to when painting a home with honey oak trim or cabinetry. I am a real estate agent and I was helping a client get her home ready to sell. The walls were very bright colors that needed to be toned down so more buyers would be interested.
We went with Agreeable Gray and it was the perfect color. The painter even told me that Agreeable Gray was not only the most requested color he used but the best one in his opinion for going with the honey oak they had in the trim, banister, kitchen, and bathroom cabinetry.
Oyster Bay is a neutral green paint color with a touch of gray in it. This makes it a neutral paint color and pairs really well with honey oak. Oyster Bay is in the same color family as Sea Salt which is one of the most popular blue-greens Sherwin Williams has.
Repose Gray would probably be my second choice to pair with honey oak after Agreeable Gray. It’s very similar to AG but a little more on the cool side. Having that coolness though really helps to tone down the orangey feel in the honey oak wood.
Comfort Gray is also a close relation to the ever-popular Sea Salt. It’s slightly darker with more depth of color. It is a blue-green color but it has a touch of gray keeping it from being too cool and grounding it as a neutral paint color.
If you are looking for a color that is mid-toned and not a total neutral this one would be a great choice!
This is a very light gorgeous tan paint color with slight undertones of yellow. Because of these undertones, it pairs perfectly with honey oak wood.
Yes, beiges are no longer popular, gray is king. But believe it or not, beiges have been making a comeback but just in a different form.
The beiges of the 90s are gone and not coming back. What is popular now is light and bright and Canvas Tan fits that bill perfectly with an LRV of 64.
Not to be confused with Oyster Bay, Oyster Bar is a gorgeous creamy paint color that will pair beautifully with honey oak wood tones.
Oyster Bar is in between an off-white and a light beige. In a room with tons of natural light, it will be more washed out but in a room with less light, you will really get the full depth of this color.
Kilim Beige is more mid-toned so it won’t be as light and bright as Canvas Tan. But as you can see from this photo it goes so well with Honey Oak that I would be remiss if I didn’t include this amazing color!
Loggia is what I would call a taupe. It’s a mid-toned beige paint color with a heavy dose of gray to it. This addition of gray keeps it from pulling too warm and also gives it a beautiful neutral color.
Taupe paint colors have become very popular in the last few years and I think it goes so well with honey oak. This is the perfect color to update the outdated wood color and bring it up to today’s design standards.
Latte is the perfect name for this color because that’s exactly what it looks like! It has orange undertones which makes it a perfect pair for honey oak but it’s not pumpkin orange, more of a beige orange.
I told you my go-to color for pairing with honey oak was Agreeable Gray but if you want something similar but with a little bit more depth then Anew Gray is your paint color! It sits one spot higher on the paint chip so it’s very closely related but just a touch darker.
Benjamin Moore Paint Colors that go with Honey Oak
While my go-to paint is Sherwin Williams I often feel like Benjamin Moore has better colors. What’s great is you can get Benjamin Moore paint at Sherwin Williams and vice versa. That’s a total win-win!
Manchester Tan is a gorgeous mid-toned tan that was super popular 5-10 years ago but has died off a bit in favor of the light and brighter colors. However, it’s still so pretty and pairs so well with honey oak I felt it needed mentioning.
Many people consider it a bit of a mushroom color. In certain lights, I can totally see that.
Pale Oak is one of my favorite paint colors! It’s a gorgeous taupe with slight purple undertones. Those purple undertones are what tones down the yellow and orange in the honey oak wood colors which makes Pale Oak a perfect color to go with honey oak!
White Dove is a warm white paint color with a pull towards greige. If you are looking for a white to go with your honey oak this one is great because of it’s creamy nature. It pairs very nicely!
Balboa Mist is a great neutral gray paint color with a touch of warmth which makes it a great partner to honey oak. It is considered a greige paint color which means it is a gray color that leans heavily towards beige.
It’s very light and bright with an LRV of 65. So if you are looking to have a light and airy look this one will achieve that.
What is great about Abalone is it’s a very neutral gray paint color. It does have slight purple undertones but they aren’t perceptible in most situations. Because of its neutral nature it is similar to honey oak.
Because of its slight purple undertones it neutralizes the yellow and orange. This might be one of the better colors to choose to pair with honey oak.
Antique Jade is a cross between a similar color and a contrasting color. It is a blue-green color but isn’t overly cool. When paired with honey oak the warmth in the paint color really comes out which makes it a very good coordinating color.
Bold Paint Colors that go well with Honey Oak
Remember, these bolder tones are meant to tone down the orange and yellow undertones in the honey oak. They will be the star of the show and the honey oak will become the supporting character.
Benjamin Moore Salamander
This is one of my favorite dark paint colors. It’s a mix of black, green, and blue and is the perfect option if wanting to tone down those orange tones in honey oak wood.
I wouldn’t use this color in a kitchen or room that gets little natural light, it will become too cave-like. I would only use it in a room with lots of natural light or as an accent wall.
Benjamin Moore Caldwell Green
Caldwell Green is a gorgeous dark green paint color that has a touch of blue in it. This is a cool-toned green but when paired with honey oak really helps to calm the orange undertones.
Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue
This color is simply gorgeous! It’s a navy blue color but more of a colonial navy than a true navy. When I see this color I see the colors used in Colonial America.
Because it’s such a strong blue color it tones down the orange and yellows in the honey oak. I think they go so well together!
Sherwin Williams Homberg Gray
Oh, this color is so gorgeous! It’s a dark gray with green and slight blue undertones, and if you read my post on green paint colors you know that these gray-green colors have taken the design world by storm!
This color is a perfect dark neutral color but because of the green and blue undertones, it tones down the yellows and oranges in the honey oak. They make a perfect pair!
Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray is a gorgeous mid to dark toned gray that has cool undertones. It’s not too dark where it will make your room feel cave-like but it will give you the most gorgeous neutral gray color. Because of the cool undertones, this color will neutralize those warm tones in the honey oak woods.
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Paint Colors that go with Honey Oak Trim and Cabinets Recap
We went through a lot today so let’s do a small recap on the best colors to use with your honey oak.
- SW Agreeable Gray
- SW Oyster Bar
- SW Comfort Gray
- SW Repose Gray
- SW Oyster Gray
- SW Canvas Tan
- SW Kilim Beige
- SW Loggia
- SW Latte
- SW Anew Gray
- BM Manchester Tan
- BM Pale Oak
- BM White Dove
- BM Balboa Mist
- BM Abalone
- BM Antique Jade
- BM Salamander
- BM Caldwell Green
- BM Newbury Port Blue
- SW Homberg Gray
- SW Dorian Gray
I hope you found some good options to use today. Honey oak is a beautiful color that when paired with the right paint colors and decor can really shine!