The TOP 20 Paint Colors to Update Wood Stains
Can’t figure out which paint color best suits your wood cabinets or trim? Maybe you want to highlight the beauty of your wood and make it come to life. On the other hand, maybe you want to CAMOUFLAGE your wood as you find its stain or grain too bossy and overwhelming. Whatever it is you’re looking for – I bet I’ve got it (except for sanity, that’s in short supply).
But before we get into the nitty-gritty, you need to decide whether you want to accent your wood or whether you want to blend or camouflage it…
- Warm or cool paint colors that are a few tones lighter or darker than the wood tone will accent it more than colors with the same depth. However, cool colors will do better than warm colors regarding ACCENTING wood tones.
- If you REALLY want to jazz things up, choose colors that don’t have TOO much gray in them, as these will give more contrast and energy against your wood.
- Even if you THINK you want to blend in those wood cabinets, you might be surprised at how awesome a well-chosen cool opposite can look.
- Keeping the paint colour a similar depth to your wood is a great way to keep things seamless, but can be a bit bland looking if you choose a warm or neutral color. It’s better to go a bit lighter (OR darker) than your wood’s depth or shift into a slightly cooler tone. This will add a bit of layering rather than compounding the exact hue of your wood.
- When it comes to cream, beige and brown, you’ll want to look at creams that hold similar undertones to the ones in your wood.
- Some cream, beige and brown paint colors can pick up a wink of green which can look a wee bit murky against some warmer woods.
YELLOW-TONED WOOD STAINS
THE BEST PAINT COLOURS TO COMPLEMENT/CONTRAST A WOOD WITH YELLOW HUES
Yellow-toned woods are often pretty committed to yellow but can slide slightly into orange and, more rarely, pick up a wink of pink, green, or pink.
Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray
These colors will make your wood POP a bit (no pun intended…wink wink). You’ll see references to SPECIFIC colors shortly.
- paint colors that are blue-green blends or blue-green-gray blends
- gray with blue-green undertones
- warm gray with a violet undertone
THE BEST PAINT COLORS TO CAMOUFLAGE OR TONE DOWN YELLOW-HUED WOOD
- cream paint colors with similar undertone profiles, i.e. if your wood is yellow-orange, you’ll pick a cream that’s a blend of yellow-orange
- subtle tan paint colors
- some greiges can be a balance of blend/compliment, granted they have some reasonable warmth to them, but they can ALSO look a bit murky if not done right
As shown in this next photo, colors that are cooler than your wood are going to help highlight it…
Benjamin Moore Light Pewter
ORANGE-TONED WOOD STAINS
THE BEST PAINT COLORS TO COMPLEMENT/CONTRAST A WOOD WITH ORANGE HUES
While yellow-toned woods are usually pretty darned yellow, orange-toned woods easily lean into yellow or red, but the dominant undertone is still orange.
Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray
If you’re a bit of an exhibitionist and want to show off your wood, these colors will do the trick! You’ll see references to SPECIFIC colors shortly.
- paint colors that are blue-green blends or blue-green-gray blends
- gray with blue-green undertones
- warm gray with a violet undertone can be particularly striking without being OVERLY contrasting
THE BEST PAINT COLORS TO CAMOUFLAGE OR TONE DOWN ORANGE-HUED WOOD
- muted beige blends, preferably in the off-white to light range
- again, warm gray with a violet undertone can be an interesting approach without hitting things too hard
- some greige/taupe colors can be quite pretty for a moderate approach
RED, PINK, OR CHERRY WOOD STAINS
THE BEST PAINT COLORS TO COMPLEMENT/CONTRAST A WOOD WITH PINK OR RED HUES
Red hue or cherry-toned woods are the richest of the bunch, adding depth and color to a room. Red-toned woods can also look slightly pinkish (pink being the light version of red) or can give off a subtle purple cast at times.
In this next photo, Sherwin Williams Jogging Path provides a nice subtle highlight to the red furniture stain and red oak flooring…
If you’re a bit of an exhibitionist and want to show off your wood, these colors will do the trick! You’ll see references to SPECIFIC colors shortly.
- paint colors that are blue-green blends or blue-green-gray blends will really light things up!
- gray with blue-green undertones
- warm gray with a violet undertone
THE BEST PAINT COLORS TO CAMOUFLAGE OR TONE DOWN RED-HUED WOOD
- many taupe paint colors, as they share a similar undertone
- again, warm gray with a violet undertone can be an interesting approach, especially, but not exclusively, one with a bit more depth
- some beige paint colors that lean into orange-pink
The burnt-red hue of the walls in this next kitchen isn’t favoring the gorgeous orange-redwood cabinets; this is a case of WAY too much of a good thing…
Are you ready to get started? Remember, MANY wood products will pick up on more than one undertone. This means that not ALL of these paint colors will look good with ALL wood stains, but they should get you started in the right direction!
1. BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY OC-23
For a soft, subtle look, Classic Gray is a nice, slightly warm gray that won’t blend in but certainly won’t ‘highlight’ your cabinets. I usually recommend darkening Classic Gray by about 25% to give it a wink more body.
Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH CLASSIC GRAY
While Classic Gray is pretty flexible, it looks ESPECIALLY nice with red and yellow-hue woods.
2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS REPOSE GRAY SW 7015
Repose Gray is a warm gray paint color. While it can pick up a slight touch of green, it can just as easily wink at violet or even a touch of blue! Make sure you sample Repose Gray CAREFULLY and read its FULL COLOR REVIEW.
The 10 Best Sherwin Williams Gray and Greige Paint Colors
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH REPOSE GRAY
With its slightly dirty undertones, Mindful Gray is especially pretty with more ‘brown’ wood tones – ones without dominant yellow, orange, or red (pink) undertones. However, it can entertain some of these undertones as long as they’re not overpowering.
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS KILIM BEIGE SW 6106
With a nice range of warm undertones, Kilim Beige is a soft, subtle, and versatile choice. Kilim Beige is similar to Benjamin Moore Muslin, which will look slightly calmer. Both of these colors can pick up a weeee tiny wink o’ red (pink) and aren’t as great with yellow-toned woods.
Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige is a soft complement to the wood floor, stairs, and railings
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WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH KILIM BEIGE
Because Kilim Beige is a flexible warm neutral, it can flex a bit into a range of wood stains but ESPECIALLY suits some red-hue woods and ones with a reasonable degree of orange.
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige
4. BENJAMIN MOORE ABALONE 2108-60
Abalone is a mix between gray, brown, and purple. The purple is subtle but adds a decent dose of color to get things out of the gray range. It’s also light enough that it can help offset a bit of the visual weight of darker cherry cabinets while still contrasting with white trim. I love how the purple taps into the wood tones without being ‘obvious’ about it (shown below).
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WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH ABALONE
Abalone is SO stinkin’ pretty with red hue woods – totally, although it can humor some yellow tones.
Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Abalone
5. BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD OC 28
Collingwood is a beautiful warm gray-greige with a subtle purple undertone. The undertone is quite passive, and this colour still leans heavily into gray, only nodding politely towards greige/purple. It can look QUITE lovely with wood finishes with red or purple undertones. Most grays can lean into ANY of the 3 cool gray undertones with the right lighting, but Collingwood usually holds pretty steadily.
Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH COLLINGWOOD
Collingwood is flexible toward MOST wood tones, depending on your intentions. However, my FAVE combo is with red-hue woods.
Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood
6. BENJAMIN MOORE GENTLE CREAM OC 96
Gentle Cream is an awesome way to create a warm and inviting room without going overly golden. With its almost ‘butterscotch’ undertones, this color will sit pretty neutral with oak and won’t entirely camouflage nor accent it.
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH GENTLE CREAM
Gentle Cream can be a gorgeous partner to yellow and orange hue woods but can be fussy with red tones.
Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream
7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS CANVAS TAN SW 7531
Canvas Tan is a relatively neutral tan paint color that doesn’t fall too flat or greige toned for orange-toned woods NOR too golden warm, making it flexible for various wood stains, as shown below…
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH CANVAS TAN
Canvas Tan is a bit fussier than some of the others and BEST suits yellow-hue woods, especially ones that might lean a weee tiny wink into green.
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan.
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8. BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY HC 170
Stonington Gray is a stormy gray with a soft blue undertone that can sometimes go a wink blue-green; it’s a beauty if you want a subtle accent to your wood tones.
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WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH STONINGTON GRAY
There’s not much Stonington Gray can’t do if you if you’re looking to highlight your wood (without going over the top). Stonington Gray is friendly to MOST wood stains.
Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray
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9. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT SW 6204
Sea Salt is a lovely complement to most woods if you want a fun, fresh look. Sea Salt is a light-toned green blend with a gray-blue undertone to calm it down. Yes, it will slightly accent your wood stain, but it will look BEAUTIFUL! Read ALL about Sea Salt in its color review.
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH SEA SALT
Like Stonington Gray, Sea Salt is pretty flexible, and you can expect your wood tones to come to life against this cool beauty!
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
10. SHERWIN WILLIAMS NATURAL LINEN 9109
Natural Linen is a light-depth, more modern approach to beige. With its flexible, warm undertones, Natural Linen can be a soft and subtle partner to orange wood stains.
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH NATURAL LINEN
Natural Linen is a versatile warm neutral, and although it favors an orange stain, it can also humor a small amount of yellow and pink/red.
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Linen
11. BENJAMIN MOORE JOCKEY HOLLOW GRAY HC 108
Jockey Hollow Gray is a greige with a decent green undertone. While it WILL accent the warmth of your cabinets, the neutral base keeps things a bit more in check.
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH JOCKEY HOLLOW GRAY
Jockey Hollow Gray is a heavier approach than the others and is a beautiful complement to yellow and orange stains. I’m not as BIG of a fan of red hues, but that’s a personal opinion.
12. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVERPLATE SW 7649
Silverplate is a cool, slightly stormy gray with a vague blue undertone. And sure, the blue might enhance things slightly, but overall it’s a great way to create a more modern look with your yellow-toned wood (shown below).
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WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH SILVERPLATE
As shown above, I love the way Silverplate plays with a yellow-orange stain. And while it certainly suits red well enough, it’s not my FAVE.
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Silverplate
13. BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY CASHMERE 2138-60
Gray Cashmere is a soft gray with a strong blue-green undertone, making it almost whimsical with its fresh feeling (usually favors blue over green). It has more gray in it than Sea Salt, so it adds a whisper of color without being too powerful. Again, this would accent wood tones, not soften them.
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH GRAY CASHMERE
Gray Cashmere is especially pretty with most yellow hue woods, offering a soft contrast.
14. SHERWIN WILLIAMS HERON PLUME SW 6070
Heron Plume is an interesting one that can shift a lot depending on the exposure of your room. Its bones are creamy/greige with a soft, slightly purple/pink undertone that can flash through.
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH HERON PLUME
Heron Plume can be STUNNING with wood stains that are red-inspired.
15. BENJAMIN MOORE EDGECOMB GRAY HC 173
This is another fave. Edgecomb Gray is the PERFECT greige, sitting nicely between gray and beige, with no obvious preference for either. This will not highlight nor blend in with most woods unless you have DARK wood, which would be highlighted via contrast, not the color.
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WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH EDGECOMB GRAY
Edgecomb Gray can handle wood stains with muted OR strong undertones, making it super versatile. However, be careful when partnering it with gray-wash woods, which can have a bit too much violet undertone for Edgecomb Gray.
Remember to pay attention to your room’s exposure too!
Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
16. SHERWIN WILLIAMS COLONNADE GRAY SW 7641
Colonnade Gray is a soft, light-medium warm gray. It favors a very vague, soft green undertone but can easily flash into the others depending on your exposure/interior finishes.
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH COLONNADE GRAY
Colonnade Gray looks gorgeous with many yellow and orange-hue woods and more muted brown stains. It can work with red ones as well but can enhance the red.
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray
17. BENJAMIN MOORE DRY SAGE 2142-40
If you’re looking for a dynamic combination between your wood cabinets, trim, and walls, look NO FURTHER than green. In particular, Dry Sage is a beautiful partner if you want your beautiful wood to pop a little!
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH GREEN
Green is pretty easy to please when it comes to its wood partners, enjoying yellow, orange, and even some pink stain colors!
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18. BENJAMIN MOORE FERNWOOD GREEN 2145-40
Again, it can be hard to go wrong with green. Fernwood Green is a warm green paint color with JUST enough of a neutral base to calm it down while leaving a GORGEOUS green hue on the walls!
WOOD STAINS THAT LOOK GOOD WITH WARM SHADES OF GREEN
As shown in the photo above, woods with a red or pink undertone can look stunning with green paint colors. However, I also love how yellow-orange-toned woods look equally as much.
19. BENJAMIN MOORE IMPERIAL GRAY 1571
Imperial Gray is a gorgeous blend of blue-green and gray, creating a soothing, calming combination with many wood tones.
WOOD STAINS THAT GO WITH IMPERIAL GRAY & OTHER BLUE-GREEN BLENDS
In the above photo, you can see how beautiful the blue-green paint color looks with the red stain on the dresser. However, you’ll find that these types of colors can be equally as stunning with yellow and orange-stained woods.
Here’s Imperial Gray in the same room, just at a different angle, shown with more orange-stained wood…
20. BENJAMIN MOORE COVENTRY GRAY HC 169
Coventry Gray is a stormy, subtle shade of gray with a whisper of green-blue undertones. This cool approach contrasts so nicely with warm-toned woods.
FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
WHAT WOOD STAINS LOOK GOOD WITH GRAYS LIKE COVENTRY GRAY?
While woods with a strong red undertone look okay with a color like Coventry Gray, it really hits its stride with orange-stained woods or those with a muted yellow.
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Thank you for this post- it’s very helpful!
I wonder though.. If I chose gray cashmere as a wall color, what do you suggest for a trim color?
Hi Shelley! For a fresh and bright look you could do Simply White which is a cleaner look than the traditional Cloud White. You could also look at White Dove which is a softer, more dusky version of off-white. And really, one of my personal faves is just regular old white! Now BM doesn’t do regular white as you have to tint their paints, but all other brands can do that for you.
Hope that helps!
Thanks so much for this post. I have all golden oak trim and doors in my house with a paler oak laminate flooring. We have just moved our kitchen to our old living room and are planning to open up our whole living space. I have already painted my new (used) cabinets Amherst Gray, which I love. I love its contrast with gold/brass. My countertops will be Emerald Pearl granite–which is pretty dark– black with flecks of blue and white. I have a mix of stainless and black appliances– not as bad as it sounds. I am also making an antique hoosier cabinet part of my kitchen. An oil finish made it golden/red in color. Windows are mostly east and west, a little south.
I am just really stuck on what to do for wall colors. Right now there are four coordinating shades of beige/brown that help tone down the oak. I would like to do something similar with shades of gray. Any suggestions?
Hi, thank you for asking! When it comes to questions like yours I usually refer them to my Online Consulting, this way I can get more information and photos so that I can give you the best solutions possible! If this interests you at all, here’s the link… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/ You can then email me at [email protected] and mention your comment and I’ll know who you are!
Thank you for visiting my site, chat soon!
I’m moving into a home where the oak trim is gorgeous, but will it clash with grey walls? Can I mix warm and cool tones?
Hi Denise, no, gray and oak won’t clash, just keep in mind that grays with cool blue/green/purple undertones can be slightly enhanced by the warm tones of the oak. I lot of people lean toward warm grays for a softer, low-key look.
There is oak trim in our 1969 ranch home. I’ve always toyed w/ the idea of painting all the trim/doors, but this seems so daunting and stained trim is easy to keep clean! I so appreciate the advice on your site about wall color to go with oak!! My living room currently is that green with brown/yellow undertones from the 90s. It is a good fit for our trim, but needs a fresh update! Can’t wait to sample some colors you recommended. Thanks again!!
Well thank you Regina (look at my, catching up with comments – wahoo!). I’m so glad my advice came in handy and I hope everything turned out well fo ryou!
Hello, your website is great! This post has been very helpful. I have a kitchen with orange/yellow oak cabinets and trim, darker floors and medium counter tops, and off white backsplash (they are all in the same color family and flow nicely). I am having trouble with what colour to paint walls as I have white appliances. I was considering gentle cream, but would that look off with white appliances?
Hi! Gentle cream would actually be fabulous. The problem comes up with you get into ‘off-whites’ as they can look dirty compared to white. The great thing about Gentle Cream is that it dives head first into the ‘cream zone’ making it a non-competitor for the white. You are good to go my friend!
Thank you very much for your helpful advice!
My pleasure, glad it came in handy and thank you for visiting me!
Ive been searching for this type of info on pinterest/houzz for about 3 years since we moved into our 1900s house with orange/red woodwork. Im redoing our bedroom and have it narrowed down to sea salt, rainwashed and palladian blue (we have wythe blue in our kitchen and i love it!) I have deep purple curtains in our bedroom and a large dark gray rug. Any advice for choosing one of those colors or maybe one i havent considered. Thanks!
Hi Anne, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! You know, I love all of those colours, but my fave is Rainwashed. I love that it’s subtle but still colourful – the others are fab as well, but I feel like Rainwashed does the job just on a softer level. If there were to be 1 more colour it would be Gray Cashmere, but really its another level softer and more gray than those colours and likely not the range you are looking at (I did almost pick Sea Salt for my laundry room though and ended up doing Behr Sliced Cucumber which was a touch more on the green side.)
hi, i have light oak cabinets, black appliances and im looking to paint the walls in a blue. with a beige floor, what shade of blue would u reccomend?
Hi Corie, thank you for asking! Now with the amount of questions I receive in a day I refer most to my Online Consulting as it is my livelihood! I have some affordable Consulting packages to choose from and I’m sure there’s 1 that would work for you and your kitchen and I’d be happy to help you out! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
Hope to chat soon…
Im a little confused…you showed a lot of blue and green examples…but what if you dont like your oak!
Most of the neutrals were in the gray family which can go blue…I absolutely don want green or blue…looks too 80’s to me with the oak. I am really struglling with this one!
Hi! There should be some good ones to check out in there, including Muslin, Stone House, Balboa Mist and Navajo White. Now I’m working on a blog post to focus specifically on paint colours like those that won’t accent oak, but it won’t be ready for a few weeks yet!
Hi Kylie, did you ever complete that post about colour to use NOT to highlight the oak? Can you post it if so? Thank you! Leah
Hi Leah! I haven’t done one specifically for that, but within this post I did refer to warmer neutrals being a better way of not highlighting oak whereas greens/blues and cool tones can accent the oak. But i SHOULD do one quite specifically for it, shouldn’t I!
Another great post! I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the upcoming post about oak. I’ve got a clear finish on red oak floors, and honestly, they read orange to me. To top that off, the trim and all woodwork (including my cabinets throughout) in my house are Sherwin Williams Dover White, which leans yellow. I’m beginning to think there is no grey option for me, and I’m SO bored of the color it’s currently painted, lol!
Hi, terrific article! I’m having raw wood (oak) installed next week, staining it natural and getting dark chocolate cherry tables and a cherry fireplace. Vertical blinds are beige and burgundy. I’m thinking of doing a burgundy accent wall, but not positive what to do the other walls, especially the one where fireplace is going. I was thinking toasted almond, but not sure how that will look. What do you recommend? Thank you very much!
Hi Andrea, thank you so much for checking out my site – I bet your flooring is going to look amazing! When it comes to questions like these I refer directly to my Online Consulting, where I could suggest 2-3 paint colour options for your based on a) photos of your home and b) a Questionnaire.
If you would like to check that out, here’s the link https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
We moved into a 1992 4 level split home a year ago. The walls were all originally painted pink!? and the last owners painted white over this, which bled through and gave all the walls a muted pink color. This really clashed with all the light oak that is throughout the home. I was perplexed to what color would go with the oak, and found your website! My husband hated the pink everywhere to say the least!
THANKYOU! you were able to give us good ideas as to the color to choose. BTW, there are millions of colors out there, and can be so daunting as to which color and shade to pick. I stressed all last weekend, looking at colors and samples, and chips and spending hours and hours researching colors of paint.
(We have oak throughout the home, so changing the color of the oak was out of the question.)
I was very brave! and i choose Benjamin Moore Sharkskin. Scariest thing, worse than buying a house! Not for the faint of heart for sure! I was on pins and needles all day, and when i went home, i didnt know whether to cry or just say WOW!!! The color just pops with all our white baseboards and trim!
It turned out wonderful! It matches the oak beautifully, and we have bold walls, just like a new house! With all my dark brown/beige accents, it looks incredible!
I am a true fan and believer of your webpage !!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!
I tell everyone about your site now! Finally someone who actually knows what they are talking about and is willing to share it too!
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Floors and trim are oak! Trying to find a grey that I did not blue, green, purple! Painted the bedroom Essintails grey Sherwin Williams. But it looks purple. Was thinking Mindful grey or light french grey, what do you think?
Hi Brenda! Sounds like you need a gray with a weeee drop of brown in it – otherwise yes, you will come up against those cool undertones for sure! From there, I would need to refer you to my E-design as I get so many questions a day, it’s hard to answer them all the right way without seeing the photos and spending some time with them! If that interest you, you’ll find my packages here… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/product-category/interior-paint-colors/
We have turned our deck into an all-season room with 14 windows , cherry stained trim and cherry stained breadboard ceiling and floor.
Everyone says to use grey on the end walls and the little spaces between the windows but both my husband and I love green so hopefully you will help me pick the right color.
Hi Patty, thank you for the note! When it comes to personal questions (and because I get so many questions per day) I refer my readers to my Online Consulting. If this is a single room, then you’d be looking at the Single Room Paint Package which is only $45! If that interest you, here’s the link. https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/product/single-room-paint-colour-up-to-3-rooms/
would sea salt work with orange/yellow oak floors/trim in a north facing room?
Hi Jen, it could work, but keep in mind it will accent your oak floors as opposites do attract!
Our 100 year old house is filled with oak trim, beautiful but challenging. Since reds, oranges, and yellows encourage conversation and appetites, I would like to paint my dining room a color that accomplishes this. Dining room has south-facing windows and an original built in oak china cabinet. Table and buffet are dark wood and the floor is light yellow oak (no stain,) Any suggestions? Is there a red I could use?
Hi Silvia, thank you for your comment! Due to the amount of questions I get in a day I’m unable to answer all personal questions as I do need to prioritize my e-design clients. If you’d like me to look at photos of your room to come up with some good colour ideas, you can check out my affordable E-design here. https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
Hi there! Could I use SW Agreeable Gray or SW Repose gray with orange toned oak cabinets and floor? Thanks for the advice!
Hi Sam! Yes you can, you might want to also check out SW Accessible Beige though!
That’s very helpful for my situation, thank you!!!
I am absolutely LOVING all the helpful information you are sharing on your blog!!! THANK-YOU!!!! I am currently deciding between SW Repose Gray or BM Edgecomb Gray to paint the majority of my bedrooms, entryway, and hallway. Which one do you prefer? Can I use them both in different areas?
Well if it were me I would lean toward Edgecomb as it’s softer and warmer, more of a greige, whereas REpose Gray is a warm gray, so it’s cooler toned…And you can use them in different areas, I wouldn’t say they are totally magical together, but they aren’t bad.
If you want any insights where I can actually see your home, you can check out my E-design, it’s affordable and fun and I can spend some quality time with your home (via photos) and with you (via the questionnaire) to come up with solutions that work!
If that interests you at all, here’s the link… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
HI Kylie, I am so confused. My house was built in 1989. I have a great room, kitchen, dining and family room. All Medium Oak ( not sure if orange or brown) cabinets and trim. I have dark teal (more green than blue) countertops and have always painted the walls beige or taupe. Beige ceramic tile on the floor. Boring! I want a drastic change. Changing the woodwork is out of the question. I would like to put in a grey barn wood floor, not sure if I can. I also want my house to pop! Please help me to decide what I need to do to change my boring decor.
Hi Diana! Wellll, the gray barnwood look makes me nervous. I think it could look a bit too busy and mismatched…and keep in mind that the gray barnwood is GORGEOUS, but also VERY trendy. It would be ideal if you could find a wood floor with a bit more of the warmth in it, the same warmth that you would find in your existing woodwork…
Hi Kylie! I love your website! What do you think about BM Revere Pewter with blond/orange parquet floors and wood work? Its a large room facing west with lots of windows.
Hi Kelly, I think that sounds lovely! And I’d tell you if it didn’t 😉
I recently ran across your video on accessible beige by SW. I have a bedroom, pretty good size that has some light ( plantation shutters sun never shines directly in facing north) therefore paint I have chose in the past appears dark green when in actuality it is a lighter taupe or tan.
I have recently purchased a tuffed linen headboard and want to lighten up the room with new paint. What are your thoughts in me choosing accessible beige? The rest of my home has warm earth tones with a rustic look.
Any help would be appreciated.
Hi Susan! I’m thinking it might go a touch too gray for you with your exposure, seeing as it is a beige with bit of a gray base. If you wanted me to come up with some suggestions, I do have an affordable e-design service so I can see photos of your room, otherwise I’m just guessing! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
Feel lucky to have found this. Your advice to the other readers has been wonderful. My problem is having a mixture of woods. I have a teak parquet floor, and a beautiful 1920s vanity in a similar color of wood. The rest of the furniture in the room is Golden Oak. An addition there are window shutters and closet doors made of yellow pine. Is there any way to pull this room together?
Hi Julie Ann – it can ALLL be in the wall colour and smart placement of accessories! It’s totally possible to unite your wood tones so that there’s some consistency that is provided by the paint colour on the walls! If you’d like me to take a look at your room via my Edesign, I do have some affordable packages! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
What color walls is the main picture I’m seeing on Pinterest? Bedroom with two chairs in the nook? Thanks!
Hi Catherine, I BELIEVE that was BM Sea Haze 🙂 It was someone else’s image, which I’ve since taken off. I hope that helps!
Loving your web site!!!! Painting my combo kitchen family room and learned a ton about paint colors from your site. We painted our orange trim decorators white but my Maple kitchen cabinets still have the orangish/yellow color. The room has windows on the north and west sides with the bigger windows being in the west. According to everything I have read colonnade gray seems perfect but wondering if it will look good against the cabinets. Im trying to minimize the orangeness of the cabinets. Would love your thoughts!! ~Robyn
Hi Robyn, I know, those wood cabinets can be tricky! Now, when it comes to personal questions, I do try to refer to my E-design, this way I can take a look at your room and come up with options based on your exposure, furnishings, floorings, etc…, otherwise I’m just guessing! I do have fun and affordable packages! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
Would Balanced beige with a white dove trim go with dark oak stained doors in a open floor plan ? If not what would suggest?
Hmmmm, I might look at SW Alabaster 🙂
What is the paint color used for the main photo for the blog post ? Looks like a pretty green grey. Love it!
Hi Melissa, the feature colour is BM Collingwood, which you can read more about here! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/colour-review-benjamin-moore-collingwood-oc-28/
First, I really enjoy your posts! So much good information.
What do you think about painting kitchen cabinets the same color as the walls? I have vaulted ceilings and semi open concept home; I’m contemplating painting both the walls and cabinets wool skein. Floors are medium oak.
Hi Marty, yes it can look good! Because you will be changing sheen from walls/cabinets/ceiling, that can provide a subtle shift that can really play nicely with a colour!
Hi Kylie! Loving all of your posts – so much more than simple inspiration. You really help someone to understand how color works! I’ve been loving cream shades for my open kitchen-dining room (was painted a horrible dark green by previous owners and is North-facing), but I love the Kilim Beige above! Wondering how it will look in a room with northern light. I really want to brighten and warm it up, which shouldn’t be too difficult as I have cherry cabinets, cherry flooring and a large bay window. It looks great in the above photo, with high light, but I see that it has a lower LRV than the others I’ve been sampling. Do you think it will flatten too much in Northern light? I want to avoid a bland brown-beige kitchen and may go with Gentle Cream instead!
Also – I have several ideas of paint colors I love (most of which I discovered on your blog) and would like throughout the house, but I’m not sure how to make it flow as I like a few different decorating styles (romantic, french country, traditional). Which e-design package would be best if I already have several colors I’m considering?
Thanks so much!
Hi Mandy! Hmmmm, Kilim might make me nervous and I do worry that it will flatten out a bit as well. On another note, I DOOOO love Gentle Cream. Now depending on ‘how cherry’ your cabinets are, it might just have a bit too much warmth on the golden/yellow end, but that being said, the northern light will slow it down. I hope that helps! If not, yes, I do have my E-design and it does depend on how many rooms you’ll be doing. You’ll just need to count up the rooms that will be different colours from each other and choose the 2-5 room I would think! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/product-category/interior-paint-palettes/
Is there ever a deep red/wine color that could be paired with a darker orange toned wood trim? The previous color was a green color, however I tend to lean toward the darker, richer colors.
Hi Terri, thank you for your note! I actually have an Edesign business that I’ve created for questions like yours! I try to give as much complimentary info as I can on my blog posts and if that doesn’t work, it might be time for a closer look, this way I can see your furnishings, flooring, etc…otherwise I’m totally guessing!
Hi! I have red oak cabinets in my kitchen with browns/ blacks/tans in quartz counter. What color would go good with those colors and would another color trim look good? I want to change and update my trim in my house. I have a bay window in my living room and have the oak trim throughout my house. What would you suggest colorwise?
Hi Elisha, thank you for asking! I actually have an e-design business just for questions like yours – otherwise, I’m guessing as to what your home REALLY looks like, furnishings, floorings, exposures, etc… I do try to give as much complimentary, helpful info on my blog as possible, and if that doesn’t work, it just might be time for me to take a look! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
Totally on the struggle bus. We moved and all my previous furniture and wall colors seem to clash in the new northern lighting of the house! Your site has been so helpful! Based on this article would you say that a taupe (to be exact SW Taupe Tone) will tone down deep cherry/mahogany furniture? Or is that just too much?
Oh Brittney, I FEEL YOUR PAIN! We just moeved 2 months ago and our house is 100% north facing and DAMN it’s a cool gray/blue light. I knew that before we bought it, but arghh – I miss my southern light! And yes, getting into the taupe end of things, those with a slightly stronger red in them (or slightly pink/purple) can help to tone things down a bit, whereas if you did blue/green, it would enhance the cherry furniture…I might like to see a touch more of those undertones than Taupe Tone has, but it’s a good place to start!
Well after many samples and many trials and MANY errors… we decided on SW Perfect Greige. It makes the cherry wood look a little more chocolaty… I guess we’re going for cozy instead of fresh and bright lol I mean unless you have a suggestion. I think I’ve purchased half the paint ever made at this point. Your site is hands down the best educational site for paint! Thank you!! #50shadesofgray #50shadesfreed
I am finally removing the wallpaper from my kitchen! I planned to paint it SW Ivoire – the color on my family room which is open into the kitchen. Wow! It looks awful next to the medium oak cabinets!! Both rooms /one long room face south. Do you think SW Buff or BM Windham cream would work? I love a hint of yellow…
Thank you for any words of decorating wisdom you can pass along!
Oooo, I bet that is colourful with your oak cabinets! Windham is still quite warm, I wonder if you might want to calm things down, ie: BM Gentle Cream. Otherwise, you can check out my E-design and this way I can look at your countertops/flooring to come up with some suggestions that are not just a guess! I’d love to help! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
Thanks again for the helpful advice! Is there a Sherwin Williams color that is close to Classic Gray? I’d love to use it since our cabinets are similar, but Sherwin Williams is more convenient for me. Thanks!
Thank you so much for this article, it reassures us in our choice of Classic Gray for our MCM home. I’m torn on a ceiling color any suggestions? Chantilly Lace, White Dove or Simply White???
Hi Katie, I might actually look at Oxford White!
Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! I can see now why I could never get things just right in my living room. Amber colored trim & pink beige carpet. In a 9 year old house. Oy!!! The builder was either drinking too much, or needed more to drink! Anyway, we are planning to replace the carpet with wood floors, but leave the painting dilemma to the future owners. However, I’d like put on it a fresh coat of neutral paint. I’m partial to the grays that have green undertones – like Stone Harbor & I love Sedate Gray, but from what I’ve read, green is not a favorite undertone of most people. It does make the trim look nice (as nice as orange trim can get!) but will green be a total turn off? I love Gentle Cream, too, but I’m afraid it’s too light & will make the trim pop to much. The nice thing is I have 3 living spaces worth of furniture to choose from to put in the living room, so I can decorate around almost any wall color. I don’t want to over think this – okay, it’s too late for that. We’re moving & I just don’t want the walls & trim to be an eye sore. Can I pull off a miracle here?
You are a genius!!! Thank you!!! To lighten our house, we took out 75% of a wall between a dining room and kitchen. Only a small pony room remained. Well, along with honey maple cabinets and black granite and beige fake marble tile floor in the kitchen the prior homeowner installed 10 years ago, and 1960s white oak in the dinning room, along with gray and white marble backsplash we added 1 year ago, .
We followed your advice for YELLOW wood! BM Collingwood! At 25% lighter, it was still too dark for the space we were working to brighten! At 50% lighter it’s breathtaking! And it’s upgraded the look to a modern Greige!
Well Mary, that just made my day – thank you, I’m so glad you found the info helpful!
What are your thoughts of colonnade grey for orange wood tones? North facing home! So glad I found your page!
It is okay, it can sometimes flash a bit cool, so it depends on your exposure. I might prefer it more with southern light and orange wood over northern light. 🙂
This might sound stupid but I have a tendency to overthink things a bit…Thanks to your blog I choose a color and I painted my laundry room, that faces south, BM White Dove..it’s gorgeous. Washer and dryer are white.. tan tile..my problem..picking out a shelf color…for the walls..why do I struggle with this?
Well…I could do white..or a wood…but which one, home depot had like 6 different types of wood..I wanted to cry. I freeze up and can’t make a decision..Is this normal? Anyway..white might be nice..but boring.. I do like a calm, serene look..is dark to much contrast? .Any suggestions are helpful.
Fabulous post Miss Kylie! Can you tell me the color of the kitchen walls in the first picture? It’s gorgeous! Much thanks!
Hi Cindy! If it’s literally the first picture, the colour is SW Pure White (you can find the full blog post on my home page!). If it’s the first ‘kitchen’ photo, that’s SW Mindful Gray :).
Your design majesty, please help!
I know the post is dated, but really struggling here mama
Kitchen is early 2000s builders brown as far as the eye can see….and facing North. Brown foor, granite, cupboards.
Learned from your other posts I was leaning towards warmer Cloud White to offset the North, but now back to square 1 because it’s not a cool color to contrast the wood. *cries. Pale Oak was possibly planned for other rooms
I plan on utilizing your multi-room design services, but am waiting until I got this darn kitchen paint out of the way
Hi Stacy! I think Cloud White sounds good! I mean, a cool colour would contrast the wood and make it ‘pop’ as it would be warm against cool. HOWEVER, contrast, as in ‘lighter vs darker’ is also a great way to do things – from what I’m reading there, I don’t see a problem at all!
I love this post.My home is all oak floors and trim,it leans toward being orangey.How do you feel about Benjamin Moore Sonnett? I’m looking for a neutral.
I’m hoping you can PLEASE help me. We just move into a house with stained pine wood ceilings and walls in an orange brown. The kitchen cabinets which are all part of the same room are the same color along with the wood furniture. The room is pretty open to another room that we painted BM polished slate. I know more dark. The room faces south east with not much natural light coming in so pretty dark most of the time. I’d like to paint the walls in a warm off white but leave the ceiling and trim as is. I’m worried about picking a color that would be too warm with all the warmth in the ceiling and cabinets and with the green ajoining room I really don’t want anything that comes off as yellow. I think I’ve read ALL your blogs and I’m looking at all your favorite off whites. I’m leaning towards colors like Navajo White, White Down or maybe something with a little more color like bone white. I’m thinking Gentle Cream may pull too warm with all the other wood and warmth of the polished slate in the next room. White Down, with the grey could tone down the warmth some or not compliment the wood enough? I’m also afraid of going too light if that may reflect the orange in the ceiling. I want the feeling of warmth and light and fresh but not too stark or too dark with all the other dark colors. So I’m stressing out as my husband is priming the walls now. I also have medium grey sofas and a lighter beige carpet if that makes a difference. I’d really appreciate any advice you can give me!
There’s a picture on your website where tou changed fro dark to light in your family room. Bedtime your gray couch is a couch (or pub-like table with gray chairs. I have looked at every piece of furniture online, virtually (no pun intended!) EVERYWHERE links would take me— which is how I found you! I’m kinda wishing you were my BF or next door neighbor right about now!
Anyway, can you point me to a piece like that? ? Looking for that wood and metal, but there’s a lot going on in my (previously owned) home with open floor plan. Where can I (or you) find that piece? Thanks
Trying again without typos! Picture where *YOU changed *BEHIND your gray couch
I previously sent a message, but 3fir the life of me I cannot find it 🌝.
I’m in a pickle, and hoping you’ll ease up some of these difficult decisions im enduring.
My master bedroom is in the back of my home, North and west, with one window on the West and one on the North. I’m in a colonial on 2nd floor. The window on the West oversees my neighbor’s house and roof, house being a light beigh, and roof like a beighy-orange. The North just overlooks a wooded lot, but is a ways from my window and backyard. My furniture is a dark oak, orangy-red, and i think I see some hues of yellow. Oh, my room right now is a very dark olive, and it just has to go. 🌝
I’ve re-read several of your blogs so many times and just overwhelmed between the direction of the windows and/or furniture color, and what could possibly be a great color for walls, trim and ceiling.
I do already have dover white on trim, and some added to ceiling paint throughout my home, Nomadic Desert and Dover in South living room, but future advice moving forward is greatly appreciated if you wouldn’t mind.
I read you like matte on walls, and satin on trim and have never done that. I usually do satin on wall, and semi-gloss on trim. Is changing up for bedroom okay to try in bedroom.
Again, thank you, and hope and the fsmily are well dyuring this difficult time we’re in.
Hello Colour Guru!
Your site is the Best! After reading blogs and reviews for a few weeks I just found this one which suits my situation, re orange toned trim, floor and furniture in a well lit northern exposure.
But…..I want to go white. (Hay….I heard you gasp!!).
Re….my target being Scandinavian Farmhouse.
I’ve read all the info on choosing whites, and exposures and I’ve narrowed it down to BM Simply White or White Dove. Leaning more to Simply White but will know more once the Samplize order arrives. Current colour is BM Vellum so really don’t want to go into yellows again.
Any other suggestions, Neighbour?
Karen in Nanaimo
Okay, so I’m a sucker for White Dove and its subtle softness. Simply White is beautiful, I just wouldn’t want its yellow to pop up in any awkward way against your orange-hues. Have you checked out SW Alabaster as well??? I mean, ALL of these have a yellow undertone, that’s what makes them warm, but we can get it quite muted :).
I am in love with BM Balboa Mist and my kitchen cabinets were a natural maple that have yellowed. Would this work?
I’ve found Balboa Mist to be quite pretty with some woods that have some yellow to them. Sometimes it’s more about the surrounding finishes like the countertop/backsplash, more so than the cabinets themselves!
What paint would you suggest for a little girl’s room? Oak trim throughout with a light gray carpet. I would love a pale shade of pink.
Have you checked out one like BM First Light or Pink Bliss? They’re lovely!