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


Honey oak is the wood of choice in 80’s and 90’s homes. Oak of course is not naturally this honey shade, but ambers over time due to the use of stains and polyurethane.

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?

You will either create a harmonious (analogous) color palette that uses colors similar to the dominant undertone (orange) to help the honey oak blend,

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

Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray (SW 6205), unlike the name suggests, is actually a light blue-green paint color with a gray undertone.

Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray

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