You Asked For It: 5 Color Palettes to Freshen Up a Tired Honey Oak Kitchen

Good day once more EHD universe. It’s Arlyn, and I’m again with MORE HONEY OAK KITCHEN content material. The final publish (test it out right here if you wish to see actual reader kitchens!) exploded with recognition, and plenty of readers requested within the feedback for precise moodboards and coloration palette concepts to assist them refresh their dated kitchens with out demo or portray cabinetry. So, as a result of I can’t assist myself from faux buying and placing collectively easy design concepts, I started working placing collectively 5 methods I feel anybody will help breathe some life again into their Nineteen Eighties or ’90s-bedecked houses.

For every coloration palette thought I cooked up, I’ve some *free* inspiration as a result of hear, it’s not straightforward discovering good pictures of older kitchens which have a lot to drag from them. Each photograph I embrace right here has heat oak-ish cabinetry that it’s a must to make the psychological leap with a bit, however the secret is working with the nice and cozy, heavily-grained yellow/purple/orange tone of this wooden sort.

One other factor you’ll discover is that many of the under kitchens have white counter tops, which in my private opinion is a large assist to lighten the load of honey oak. Not a single kitchen submitted to us (together with a number of the ones we didn’t present you) had white stone counters. Most had both some yellow-tinged Formica or a darkish brown, grey or black granite. The identical goes with flooring. Stunning flooring goes an extended approach to making mainly something look good, so anybody trying to take actual motion of their houses might want to think about what they’re working with or cowl/substitute if it’s of their funds and one thing they need to do.

As for the person items I’ve included on every board, it’s much less in regards to the actual product and extra in regards to the thought behind the product. Not everybody will want barstools, however these play the function of what coloration eating furnishings would work if it’s included in your house; it doesn’t matter in case your window coverings take the form of cafe curtains or Roman shades however the cloth and hue proven is an efficient jumping-off level; and any tile, paint, {hardware} or rugs might fortunately dwell within the tonal vary proven on every board.

Alright, so, now that I acquired my disclaimers out of the best way, let’s dive in and discover some ideas I sketched out that actually, make me form of want I had a honey oak kitchen to remodel (although I could also be biased…).

Shade Palette to Strive: Cool Neutrals Like White, Marble & Black

The Inspiration:

The above inspiration is all about holding the heaviness of the oak under your sightline and making certain that something above that’s white and ethereal. The instance from deVOL leans a bit hotter however a peek of a black and white mosaic flooring tells me they’re additionally utilizing black to floor the fabric decisions.

Don’t be afraid to herald some coloration through equipment like vases, cookware, cookbooks, dishes and glassware, and many others., so long as you retain the bottom decisions monochromatic.

The Moodboard:

Cool neutrals paired with crisp whites and sharp blacks are the trail of least resistance for *any* honey oak kitchen, irrespective of the undertone of your cupboard. Marble or white tile, flowy linen curtains, white shelving, black furnishings and accents…it’ll all make most individuals blissful and make the room really feel like a wholly new house.

Be sure that the backsplash pairs effectively with the white coloration you select. In case you go a bit hotter, a creamier marble or tile would work finest; true white could be nice with barely bluer undertones of marble.

  1. Hampton 22 in. W x 27.75 in. H Base Cupboard Ornamental Finish Panel in Medium Oak | 2. Monet 2″ x 8″ Honed Marble Ornamental Tile in White Carrara | 3. Timeless | 4. Huge Boy Floating Shelf – White | 5. Outsized Ethan 1 5/8″ Diameter Spherical Knob Multipack (Set of 10) | 6. 3″ Heart Bar/Deal with Pull Multipack (Set of 12) | 7. Carson 12″ Twine Pendant in Matte Cream | 8. Portside Swivel Counter Stool | 9. Kiel Indoor/Outside Rug | 10. 2pk 42″x36″ Mild Filtering Honeycomb Curtain Tiers White

Shade Palette to Strive: Heat Neutrals & Pure Supplies

The Inspiration:

A really stable design selection it doesn’t matter what room you’re in is to lean into what you may have. On this case? Play up the heat of the oak, as a substitute of attempting to counteract it. Take that kitchen from The Design Information immediately above. They may have simply used a vivid white tile however as a substitute opted for a (non-yellow) cream. And within the kitchen from deVOL on this group of examples, the partitions are a welcoming, glowy buttery hue. Once more, the important thing right here is to keep away from utilizing something on the partitions that would go too yellow.

In actual fact, in case your honey oak is extra yellow than it’s orange or purple, this might not be the route for you (your kitchen will higher jive with the blue or inexperienced moodboards under…preserve studying).

The Moodboard:

This look performs up heat. I picked a shade from Clare referred to as No Filter that they describe as “an exquisite mild beige with heat undertones” and I feel it could be fairly beautiful with oak. Not everybody likes vivid white areas, and a shade like this could be stunning in a kitchen that will get nice pure mild.

A tile to match the wall paint could be good however I opted for a creamy mosaic with sand-hued diamonds to borrow coloration inspiration from the wooden. Vintage or unlacquered brass {hardware} would mix in with the cabinetry whereas nonetheless giving them a little bit of an elevated contact. And for the items to spherical out, a rug with some pink and brown would shake issues up simply sufficient that the design is fascinating with out including an excessive amount of distinction, and pure supplies like wicker, leather-based and impartial oak may simply make the honey oak really feel intentional.

  1. Hampton 22 in. W x 27.75 in. H Base Cupboard Ornamental Finish Panel in Medium Oak | 2. Bouchon Zellige 12″ x 12″ Mosaic Wall Tile | 3. No Filter | 4. Ethnicraft Wall Shelf in Pure Oak | 5. Prime Knobs Serene 1 Inch Spherical Cupboard Knob in Honey Bronze | 6. Prime Knobs Serene 5-1/16 Inch Heart to Heart Deal with Cupboard Pull in Honey Bronze | 7. Highler 1-Mild Matte Black Island Pendant with Pure Rattan Shade | 8. Ceylon Woven and Wooden Barstool | 9. Daybreak Ombre Wool Rug | 10. Lined Yellow and White Stripe Fake Roman Shade Valance

Shade Palette to Strive: Inexperienced, Rust & Gold

The Inspiration:

As a lot as I really like the impartial path, the inexperienced route is my favourite. That’s no shock to me being that I are likely to desire analogous colours over complementary because it’s extra fascinating to my eye. However the nice half about that is inexperienced works with both yellow-toned honey oak or purple/orange-toned honey oak. I picked a cool (toned, not “hip”) sage and a darker inexperienced with blue undertones in my moodboard, however you may mess around with these to finest fit your actual end.

In case your cupboards are hotter, go together with a cooler inexperienced and vice versa, although the lavatory above from Montér Minde Kjøkkensenter pairs a hotter inexperienced with a reasonably yellow wooden tone and it really works so effectively so…possibly any inexperienced will work right here it doesn’t matter what you’re working with. 🙂

The Moodboard:

Inexperienced and gold is a beautiful mixture, so gold could be my choose for any end in {hardware}, lighting, and fixtures. And since I feel holding the distinction at a minimal is a good suggestion in a kitchen with honey oak cupboards, attempt to discover a window protecting and any seating or desk in a fabric that carefully matches the tone of the door fronts. Somewhat pop of rust, pink or purple in a rug rounds issues out to my eye.

One notice for the paint coloration under. I don’t essentially suppose I’d like that on the partitions (a heat white like Benjamin Moore Pale Oak or, you guessed it, White Dove), since I’ve seen pictures of people that went with a darkish coloration on the partitions to “modernize” their honey oak (an excessive amount of distinction to me), but when somebody has, say, an island or freestanding furnishings piece in a wooden tone, portray it in an identical inexperienced could be fairly good.

  1. Hampton 22 in. W x 27.75 in. H Base Cupboard Ornamental Finish Panel in Medium Oak | 2. Santa Fe Inexperienced 3.93 in. x 11.96 in. Polished Ceramic Wall Tile | 3. Pewter Inexperienced | 4. 24″ Brookside Rail System | 5. Vernon Bin Pull in Unlacquered Brass | 6. Howell Cupboard Knob in Unlacquered Brass | 7. Hinkley Lighting Somerset 1 Mild 12″ Vast Pendant with Etched Opal Glass | 8. Axelle Strong Wooden Bar and Counter Stool (Set of two) | 9. Danvi Hand-Knotted Runner | 10. Pure Cordless Woven Wooden Shades

Shade Palette to Strive: Blues & Heat Neutrals

The Inspiration:

from: the farmhouse kitchen reveal and all my ideas and emotions about it | photograph by kaitlin inexperienced | design by emily henderson and arciform

Look acquainted? Ugh, what a dream house Emily created right here in her Portland farmhouse kitchen. Whereas in fact her kitchen is a far cry from honey oak something, I assumed it could be an awesome instance to point out how effectively mild, dusty blues would marry with a honey oak that’s a bit redder. Orange and blue are complementary on the colour wheel, so they only work as a result of coloration science says so. Cool balances heat. Easy.

The Moodboard:

Such a breath of recent air, huh? This hand-glazed tile, in a basic sq., is a superb chambray blue and simply so handsome. I might like to see it in a kitchen the place the uppers had been eliminated (or a minimum of a few of them) so it might go both all the best way up the wall or to the underside of a prime floating shelf. What a showstopper that might be whereas nonetheless feeling quiet and calm. This blue paint leans a bit inexperienced which works in order that nothing feels overly same-same, and once more, possibly not for the partitions, although if you happen to like that vibe, go for it.

I opted for chrome {hardware} and a white steel shelf to maintain issues within the “cool” area, slightly than going heat with brass or extra wooden. As for the stool, a cognac leather-based is a pleasant monochrome second with the cabinetry however then a darker walnut lifts up that lagging honey oak. A rug with slate and reddish accents is the right addition underfoot to make all the pieces come collectively properly.

  1. Hampton 22 in. W x 27.75 in. H Base Cupboard Ornamental Finish Panel in Medium Oak | 2. Marin 4″ x 4″ Ceramic Wall Tile in Misty Blue | 3. Saturday on Sunday | 4. Tromso FM 3 Metal Floating Shelf | 5. Brill {Hardware} Knob in Chrome | 6. Brill {Hardware} 4″ Pull in Chrome | 7. Henry Pendant in Milkglass Darkish Bronze | 8. Sede Toscana Tan Walnut Counter Stool | 9. Amber Lewis x Loloi Billie Ocean / Brick Space Rug | 10. Jawara Linen Cotton Roman Shade Cordless

Shade Palette to Strive: Refined Earth Tones

The Inspiration:

I could have began with the best promote (cool neutrals) however I’m ending it with maybe the toughest promote. This one gained’t be for all the pieces, however I like it as I’m firmly in my earth tones period proper now. This inspiration is probably the most alive and “now” of the bunch, however maybe the toughest to drag off. All of the colorblocking of burgundies, rusts, terra cottas and (shock!) blushes above—like in that dreamy kitchen from Zia Tile’s feed designed by Francesca McConchie and toilet by Meet West—are so good. R & M Bespoke’s kitchen is a wild card, for positive, however I couldn’t assist however share the drama and bravado of a wealthy, dusty pink hue on the partitions and ceiling.

The Moodboard:

The important thing to creating earthier tones work is using white as an accent, slightly than the opposite approach round. Creamy white tile, reflective polished nickel, milk glass lighting, white shelving…all of it is the right canvas for going with a peachy or pinky wall coloration. Throw in a brick purple and white checkerboard flooring and effectively…when can I transfer in?

  1. Hampton 22 in. W x 27.75 in. H Base Cupboard Ornamental Finish Panel in Medium Oak | 2. 4″ x 4″ Terra Cotta Honeycomb Singular Wall & Ground Tile (Set of 48) | 3. Terra Bella | 4. Huge Boy Floating Shelf – White | 5. Strasbourg Strong Brass Cupboard Pull in Polished Nickel | 6. Colmar Brass Cupboard Knob in Polished Nickel | 7. Sculptural Cone Pendant | 8. Walsh Bar & Counter Stool (Set of two) in Cognac | 9. Inax Hand-Knotted Pure Wool Runner Rug | 10. Orange Blossom (CP) – Mediterranean Floral Kitchen Curtain

How’d I do? Was this useful to spherical out the honey oak kitchen story from earlier than? Which certainly one of these speaks the loudest to you? I actually actually love all of them for a lot of causes and suppose every has its deserves relying on the tone of your cupboard (for the file, I wrote out the phrase “tone” 15 occasions on this article, so sorry for the overload…it’s simply necessary when discussing wooden).

See you within the feedback.

Your good friend in design, Arlyn

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