Help on deciding what color to paint kitchen cabinets

Bonnie941January 18, 2014

My kitchen has the honey oak cabinets and I would love to paint them. I do not know what color I should go with. I have hardwood floors, the counter top is a dark granite and I have black appliances. Right now there is not back splash, but I plan on installing this later. Do you have any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
joaniepoanie

If you can post pictures it would really help...but just from your description I think a creamy off white might look nice.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 10:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bonnie941

Picture is posted. Thanks.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 10:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
msrose

What colors are in the granite? Is it grays or browns? Is there a certain kitchen style you're drawn to? Do you like dark and sexy (black cabinets), more light and airy (white cabinets), maybe something different (gray cabinets)?

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 11:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Olychick

Instead of white, I might try to pull a color in the right tone from the granite and do something like this:

or this:

or even:

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 1:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
prairiemom61

You are lucky that your cabinets are not honey oak, that orange builder-grade color. Yours actually look like they have a nice dark stain. Painting, prep, etc is a lot of work. Your other finishes are nice too, dark pulls, pretty granite. Would you consider just doing a very pretty light backsplash?

If you do go with paint, be sure to use BM cabinet coat. It will help cover the grain, though probably not all. There are many posts here on GW to help you with the process.
With your brown granite you might look at BM Bone White. If you are looking for whites, lean toward the warmer whites.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen with BM Bone White

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 1:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nosoccermom

I would reconsider painting the oak and just restore the stain o rmaybe go a little bit darker. Also, if there's no crown molding on the cabinets, I'd add one.
Also, maybe add some glass uppers.
Check out the new darker IKEA oak cabinets.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 2:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bonnie941

Thanks for the help, I believe I will reconsider painting and add a nice backsplash. You have all been so helpful!

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 7:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nosoccermom

Maybe some updated light fixtures and under-cabinet lighting would make a big change.
Below some more darker oak kitchens.


    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 12:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lydia1959

If you'd like a darker color to the cabinets.. you could go to a more 'Cherry' or 'Walnut ' color with N-Hance (a Home Depot service). Looks impressive in the link below... plus lots of good reviews!

Here is a link that might be useful: N-Hance Cabinet Color Shift

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 12:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Linelle

nosoccermom, I LOVE Ikea's new oak stain color!!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 3:49PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nosoccermom

A couple of months ago, when I was at IKEA, a young couple were drooling over the (darker) Rockhammar oak cabinets. They'd never seen anything like this :)
Ha!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 8:03PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Red / burgundy accent wall?
Hi all! Would love your opinions on this ! My husband...
eesmerelda
Need Help With Color Choice for Kitchen and Keeping Rooms
We are doing a Kitchen renovation to a 1950's Colonial...
homechef59
Need help picking out colors for my bedroom
Here is a picture of my very bare room. The vision...
jmdkc
How to respond to social backlash aimed at your mid mod aesthestic? R
Today's retrorenovation blog was filled with subjects...
lov_mkitchenIOWA zone 6b
Just had my bedroom repainted and am having serious doubts
I just got my bedroom repainted Sherwin Williams Iceberg....
jmdkc
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™