There are SO many colours of oak in the world – virtually every colour in the rainbow it seems! And while some colours of oak can be quite timeless, there are also many versions that can be challenging (understatement) to modernize and update.
And why do I call them colours of oak not species of oak? Because oak is often stained a different colour than its roots (literally) suggest – so we’re going to base things on the overall ‘colour’ that you see – not the chronological history of the tree!
The Best Paint Colours to Update Oak Cabinets, Flooring, Trim, and More! This is going to be TREE-LY exciting, so let’s get started!
Before you get in to the nitty gritty, you need to decide whether you want to accent your oak or whether you want to blend or camouflage it a bit.
(The photo above shows a colour that lightly accents the oak cabinets)
To Accent Oak or Wood
Cool colours such as green, blue and neutrals with those undertones may accent your light oak, making it appear more colourful. If you love your oak and want to play it up then this is good. If you want to neutralize your wood, this is not
Paint colours that are a few tones lighter or darker than the wood tone can also help to accent. However, simply painting the walls a cooler colours regardless of depth will do a good job
To Blend or Camouflage Oak or Wood
Most warm colours and neutrals with warm undertones will blend a bit more with oak, lowering the contrast and reducing the overall effect of them. So if you aren’t loving your oak, then a warm toned colour might hit the spot!
Neutral paint colours with very subtle purple undertones can complement many oaks without accenting or blending
Keeping the paint colour a similar depth to that of your wood is a great way to keep things seamless, but can be a bit bland feeling if you choose a warm or neutral colour. It’s better to go just a bit lighter OR darker than the depth of your wood.
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