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Five Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim & Cabinets

Five Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim & Cabinets

Every week, I receive emails and comments from people who need help picking paint colors to work with their honey oak trim and cabinetry. A few years ago, I wrote a post on how to go about choosing paint colors for honey oak trim, but I didn’t provide any specific paint colors.

Today I am sharing five light gray neutrals from Benjamin Moore that work well with medium to light honey oak trim, cabinetry, and flooring.

Here in Des Moines, there are thousands of homes built anywhere from the 80s through the early 2000s that still have honey oak trim, built-ins, paneling, and cabinetry. Sometimes, we will paint them white, but often it can be cost prohibitive. And sometimes, my clients like the natural wood oak, because it can be very beautiful, so we keep it.

I found two spots in our home that still have honey oak trim or cabinetry and photographed large swatches of the five colors next to the wood. These photos might not be very exciting, but they demonstrate these five colors in different exposures with varying shades of honey oak.

The set of photos taken by our kitchen cabinetry get northern light, and the set taken by our stair railing get more southern light. I took these photos around 10:00 in the morning here in Iowa. In the set of photos by the cabinetry, I also included a small piece of oak trim with a light stain for another variation on honey oak.

All of my walls and trim are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17, so that is the background you see behind the paint swatches. White Dove has a touch of cream and a touch of gray. I think it looks beautiful with honey oak if you have the right home for white walls.

Senora Gray 1530

Senora Gray 1530 is a medium-light gray green color that looks beautiful with the honey oak. It is one shade deeper than Stingray, which I show below. This would be a good choice for you if you like Stingray but want a little more pigment.

Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim Benjamin Moore Senora Gray 1530
Benjamin Moore Senora Gray 1530 in Northern Morning Light
Benjamin Moore Senora Gray 1530 in Southern Morning Light

Inner Balance 1522

Inner Balance 1522 is a light green beige, three swatches down on the Benjamin Moore Classics color strip. This color is on the next strip over from Senora Gray and Stingray, and it is slightly warmer (less gray). This was my second favorite of the five colors I chose for this post.

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim Inner Balance 1522
Benjamin Moore Inner Balance 1522 in Northern Morning Light
Benjamin Moore Inner Balance 1522 in Southern Morning Light

Elmira White HC-84

Emira White HC-84 is from the Historical Collection, so it isn’t shown on a strip with similar shades of the same hue. It’s a very light beige with subtle orange undertones that make it a good candidate for honey oak trim.

But, be careful. I didn’t love this color in the northern light, but I did think it was quite pretty in the southern light.


Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim Elmira White HC-84

Sting Ray 1529

If you are looking for a light gray to pair with your honey oak trim, then Stingray 1529 is an excellent option. Stingray is a warm green-gray, one shade lighter than Senora Gray. Depending on your lighting, you may see more green or more gray at times.

As with all of these colors, it looks warmer in the southern photos by my stair railing and cooler in the northern photos.

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim Stingray 1529
Benjamin Moore Stingray 1529 in Northern Morning Light
Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim Stingray 1529
Benjamin Moore Stingray 1529 in Southern Morning Light

Delaware Putty 240

Did you know that warm neutrals and beiges are coming back in a big way? I think people are tired of all gray everything, and are looking for color palettes that feel warmer and cozier. We’re all busy nesting at home right now and want our spaces to feel inviting.

Delaware Putty was my favorite of the five colors I tested for this very reason. It’s a light beige color (second from the top on the swatch strip), and its undertone is a neutral yellow that leans more towards green than orange.

By the way, this color looks amazing with White Dove OC-17 as the trim color and honey oak flooring. If you’re looking for barely any contrast from white trim to your wall color, try Ivory Porcelain 239, which is one shade lighter.

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim Delaware Putty 240
Benjamin Moore Delaware Putty 240 in Northern Morning Light
Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for Honey Oak Trim Delaware Putty 240
Benjamin Moore Delaware Putty 240 in Southern Morning Light

For this post, I chose to share Benjamin Moore colors that pair well with honey oak trim. Next week, I will share five colors from Sherwin-Williams that are also pretty choices to complement your oak cabinetry or trim.

Remember, this post only addressed how these colors work with the wood tone. You still need to consider any other fixed elements in the room such as tile, countertops, stone, or any upholstery, drapery, or rugs that you don’t plan to replace.

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Carie

Sunday 20th of November 2022

We also have the honey oak kitchen cabinets and the honey-colored wood floors. Our current color is a wedgewood blue from 20+ years ago. We started painting the walls & trim with BM White Dove. We used semi-gloss for walls & trim so they are washable from spatters & our grandchildren's sticky fingers. The newly-painted areas look great with our wood so far! I'm so excited that the new paint job is making our home look crisp & clean and new again! Jillian, we need color ideas for our ceiling. Pure White ceilings? White Dove, again, for the ceiling? Other white ceiling colors? Probably flat paint for ceilings. Thank you very much for suggesting White Dove!

ALETTA

Friday 28th of January 2022

I HAVE A LARGE NORTH EAST FACING KITCHEN, lots of doors/windows with 1996 golden oak cabinets. WHAT IS A GOOD COLOUR CHOICE OF CARAMEL PAINT TO ENHANCE THE HONEY HUE? REALLY LIKE THE GRAY SUGGESTIONS TOO.

Suz

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Hi, I love these suggestions. Do you have a color suggestion for a finished basement with Venado Oak Cortec Luxury Vinyl flooring? Also, do you use the White Dove color on your ceiling as well?

Suzanne

Nina

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Hi, what a perfect post for what I’m contemplating right now! My 63 year old house has tons of honey oak throughout and I would like to complement it with a paint color. My color designer suggested Kelley Moore’s “Snip of Tannin” but I would like to make sure that “Snip of Tannin” is not too dark (my dining room is pretty dark) and that it goes well with the honey oak (I love the contrasting warm looks of some of your samples here). Which one of the Benjamin Moore or Sherman Williams paint colors you mention here ressembles KM “Snip of Tannin” the closest? Thanks! Great post!

Rachel

Saturday 1st of May 2021

Hi! I’d love to do a kitchen refresh for my parents this summer. They have the honey oak cabinets and awful Corian countertops in Sandstone. Their floors are a “white” textured tile. What colors would you suggest we paint the cabinets and/or walls?

Also, what wall color goes well with a mossy green/dark gray couch in the living room???

Thanks for your help!

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