Paint Colors That Go With Honey Oak (Cabinets or Trim)


If you are looking to update your home and need to work around the expanse of honey oak kitchen cabinets or trim, then a few coats of the right shade of paint can instantly bring your space into the modern era.

Unfortunately, it probably will not. Like many things from the 80’s and 90’s, honey oak had its hay-day and probably will not be making a come back any time soon.

Will Honey Oak Come Back in Style?

There are two main ways of working with any existing element in a home: it can either be downplayed (neutralized and camouflaged) or enhanced (highlighted and used as a focal point).

Understanding Color Theory

Figuring out the perfect color for your honey oak cabinets, trim or floors comes down to finding a harmonious color palette, whether that be using analagous colors or complimentary colors.

Figuring Out The Perfect Color

Based on what we’ve discussed so far, we’re going to narrow in on paint colors that are warm grays or beiges with a yellow or orange undertone (or even a bit of pink to bring us towards the red). 

Paint Colors That Work With Honey Oak

This is a warm gray with a green/beige undertone. It can be quite saturated in color if you don’t have a lot of natural night so definitely test it before committing.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

I love this paint color anytime, but it does wonderful things alongside the honey oak. It has that modern look of a greige but lots of cozy warmth that works well with the orange undertones.

Benjamin Moore Collingwood