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The 16 Best Paint Colours To Go With Oak (or Wood): Trim, Floor, Cabinets and More…

Posted on January 2, 2019 by KylieMawdsley


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There are SO many colours of wood in the world – you name it, it’s out there. And while some of these colours can be timeless, there are many versions that can be challenging (understatement) to modernize and update.

Ideas to update wood cabinets, oak, cherry or maple with new hardware and backsplash. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color advice and blog

Why do I call them colours of wood not species of wood? Because wood is often stained a different colour than its roots (literally) suggest, so I’m going to base things on the overall ‘colour’ that you see – not the history of the tree!

The best paint colours to update oak, wood cabinets, floor, trim and more. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, Diy decorating blog

Farmhouse dining room table, Pier 1 chairs. Pure White walls, south facing room. White spindle back chair style from Wayfair. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice blog

This is going to be TREE-LY exciting, so let’s get started!

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 a bit.The best paint colours to accent oak, maple, cherry or warm toned woods. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice.

  • Warm or cool paint colours that are a few tones lighter or darker than the wood tone will accent it more than colours that are the same depth. However, cool colours will do a BETTER job than warm colours when it comes to ACCENTING wood tones
  • If you REALLY want to jazz things up, choose colours that don’t have TOO much gray in them as these will give more contrast and energy against the woods
  • 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!

The best paint colours to camouflage, blend in or update wood, oak, maple cabinets, furniture, flooring or trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice and blogger

  • 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 colour. It’s better to go a bit lighter OR darker than the depth of your wood or to shift into a slightly cooler tone
  • 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 colours can pick up a wink of green, which can look a bit fugly and murky against some warmer woods

Yellow-toned wood finishes

Yellow-toned woods are often pretty committed to yellow, but can also slide slightly into orange and more rarely, they can pick up a wink of pink or green.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray paint colour. Stairwell, yellow toned wood stairs. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, virtual online paint colour consultant

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

Orange-toned wood finishes

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.

Entryway or foyer with solid fir door and reclaimed wood flooring, board and batten walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, edecor and online paint color consulting blog

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray with golden oak trim, fireplace and wood flooring. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray

Red or cherry wood finishes

Red or cherry toned woods are the richest of the bunch, adding depth and colour 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.

Bedroom Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, best warm gray greige paint colour. Wood headboard, rose pink accents. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour expert and decorating blog

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, red orange toned wood floor. White wainscoting. Best gray paint colour. Kylie M interiors edesign, online paint color consulting

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

So remember, MANY wood products will pick up on more than one undertone. This means that not ALL of these paint colours 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 which won’t blend in, but certainly won’t ‘highlight’ your cabinets. I usually recommend darkening Classic Gray by about 25%, just to give it a wink more body.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, bathroom, maple cabinets, beige tile floor, black granite. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint color consulting, ecolor

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

2. Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray SW 7016

Mindful Gray is a warm, light-medium gray with a soft purple undertone (and a wink of green). While I might not partner it with OVERLY yellow cabinets, it can handle a little warmth.

How to update oak kitchen cabinets and floor. Greige subway tile, quartz countertop, Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Read more: The 10 Best Sherwin Williams Gray and Greige Paint Colours

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 BM Muslin, which will look a bit calmer. Both of these colours can pick up a weeee tiny wink o’ red (pink) and aren’t as great with yellow-toned woods.

the best paint colours for red or cherry toned oak flooring, Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige in stairwell and hallway with metal, wood railing and carpet runner. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Read more: How to Mix and Match Wood Stains and Finishes

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 colour 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).

Benjamin Moore Abalone, gray, warm greige paint colour with purple undertones. HOme staging tips and ideas

open layout kitchen and dining room with island, quartz countertops and benjamin moore abalone and sandlot gray with purple travertine backsplash

Read more: The 9 Best Purple Paint Colours

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 that have 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.

E-design and online colour consultation by color expert and blogger Kylie M INteriors. Benjamin Moore Collingwood in a hallway with dark wood flooring and black metal railing

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood

Benjamin Moore Collingwood in a staircase with dark wood stair treads, black handrail. Kylie M INteriors E-design and online color consulting blog

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 colour will sit pretty neutral with oak and won’t entirely camouflage nor accent it.

Living room with south west facing exposure and rock fireplace with mantle. Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream. Kylie M E-design

Read more: Paint Colours Review of Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream

Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream colour review by Kylie M Interiors. In guest bedroom wtih blue accents

Read more: The 5 Best Cream Paint Colours

7. Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan SW 7531

Canvas Tan is a relatively neutral tan paint colour that doesn’t fall too flat or greige toned for orange-toned woods NOR too golden warm, making it flexible for a variety of wood stains, as shown below…

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan with light maple wood flooring and stairs. Kylie M Interiors Online Color Consulting and e-decor and design

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan in open layout living and dining with vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Kylie m Interiors paint colour

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

8. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC 170

Stonington Gray is a beauty if you want a subtle accent to your wood tones. It’s a gray with a soft blue undertone that can sometimes go a wink blue-green.

Farmhouse wood diy dining table, gray upholstered chairs, Stonington Gray paint color and round chandelier. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Contemporary mix traditional dining room. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, wainscoting, chandelier, dark wood floor, coffered ceilings. KYlie M interiors E-design

Stonington gray and Gray Owl. colour review undertones. Kylie M Interiors Edesign online

Read more: What’s the Difference Between Stonington Gray and Gray Owl?

The best paint colors for your room. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Home Decorating and diiy ideas blogger.market

Click HERE or on the above image to see available packages

9. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204

Sea Salt is a lovely complement to most woods if you’re wanting 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 colour review.

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in home office, kids homework room with gallery wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, client photo

10. Benjamin Moore Mountain Air CC 636

Mountain Air is a beautiful way to accent the warm tones of your orange-toned cabinets or flooring. It’s a slightly fresher choice with its subtle, earthy, gray-green blend, as shown in my client’s bedroom below…

Benjamin Moore Mountain Air in bedroom with wood. Kylie M Interiors E-design (2)

Read more: The 8 Best Blue and Green Paint Colours

Benjamin Moore Mountain Air in bedroom with wood. Kylie M Interiors E-design (3)

11. Benjamin Moore Sandy Hook Gray HC 108

Sandy Hook 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.

Benjamin Moore Sandy Hook Gray in entryway with orange toned oak floor and fir front door. Best paint colours for wood. Kylie M Interiors E-design and Online Color consultant

best paint colours for a stairwell with a light or yellow toned oak railing and risers. benjamin moore Sandy Hook Gray and Gettysburg Gray

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).

Sherwin Williams Silverplate in dining room with oak floor and dark wood furniture. Kylie M Interiors e-decor, e-design and online colour services

And don’t forget about LRV when choosing a paint colour! How to Use LRV to Pick a Paint Colour

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 favours blue over green). It has more gray in it than Sea Salt so it adds a whisper of colour without being too powerful. Again, this would accent wood tones, not soften them.

Country farmhouse style kitchen with Cloud Whtie cabinets, black granite, butcher block island. Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert blog

Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere in kitchen eating nook with built in bench, cushions and round farmhouse style table. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour blog and consulting

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 like a creamy/greige with a soft, slightly purple/pink undertone that can flash through.

Sherwin Williams Heron Plume kitchen with granite, wood cabinets, blue island, southwestern style. Kylie M E-design, online paint expert. Before photo

15. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC 173

This is another fave. Edgecomb Gray is the PERFECT greige, sitting nicely in between gray and beige with no obvious preference either. This is not going to highlight nor blend in with most woods unless you have DARK wood, which would be highlighted via the contrast, not the colour. 

Kylie M Interiors Edesign online paint color consulting. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, best greige paint colour in living room family room with stone fireplace

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

16. Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray SW 7641

Colonnade Gray is a soft, light-medium warm gray. It favours a very vague, soft green undertone, but can easily flash into the others depending on your exposure/interior finishes.

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray with golden oak trim and wood fireplace surround. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray

And because I rely 100% on photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients, I don’t always have a photo of the colour I want to chat about. But, I don’t want you missing out on a few more paint colour ideas…

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed SW 6211

Rainwashed is a beautiful blue-green with a soft gray backdrop to calm it down. It’s quite similar to Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.

Sherwin Williams Softer Tan SW 6141

Softer Tan is a warm tan with subtle orange, yellow undertones. With its beige base, it would be your best bet to start blending those cabinets in, while still staying on the lighter side.

Still not sure what the best colour for your home is? 

Check out my Online Colour Consulting and E-Design Services!

The best gray or grey paint colors for your room. Benjamin or Sherwin. Edesign, online paint colour services Kylie M Interiors. diy home decorating ideas blogger.market

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  1. 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?

    1. 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!

  2. 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?

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

  3. Kylie,
    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!!

  4. 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?

    1. 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!

  5. Hi Kylie,
    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!


    1. 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.)
      Chat soon!

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

    1. 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!


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          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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!


  10. Hi,
    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!
    thank you! thank you! thank you!
    A Kylie M Interiors Fan!

  11. 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?

    1. 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/

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. Hi there! Could I use SW Agreeable Gray or SW Repose gray with orange toned oak cabinets and floor? Thanks for the advice!

  15. Hi Kylie,
    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?

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      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/

      Take care!

  16. 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.

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      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…

  17. 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.



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  18. Hi Kylie,
    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.

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  19. 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?

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      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!

  20. 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

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  21. Would Balanced beige with a white dove trim go with dark oak stained doors in a open floor plan ? If not what would suggest?

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  22. Hi Kylie,
    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.
    Marty, Cincinnati

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      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!

  23. 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!

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      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/

  24. 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.

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  25. 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?

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      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/

  26. 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?

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      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!

      1. 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

  27. 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!

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  28. 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!

  29. Hi Kylie!
    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???
    Thank you,

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  30. 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?

  31. 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!


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      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. 🙂

  32. Hello,
    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.

  33. Fabulous post Miss Kylie! Can you tell me the color of the kitchen walls in the first picture? It’s gorgeous! Much thanks!

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      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 :).

  34. 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

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      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!

  35. Hi Kylie,
    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.

  36. Hi Kylie
    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!

  37. Hi Kylie
    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

  38. Goodmorning Kylie,

    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.


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