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Old 06-04-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Do your cabinets have the arch on the door like the photo? If not, then you have more play on going with a more contemporary design. I hate oak cabinets myself. blah. I think because they are soooo over done. Anyway, I love color too. I am not real fond of blue though. I love orange, red, green depending on the feel you want to go with it. I had an orange kitchen and used some red/black chili pepper accents. Then got over that and did a pale green and went more botanical. I found nice fabric of creme and green. Fern prints etc. It was calming and the greens reminded me of a crisp salad. Yum
Thankfully they don't have the arch And it's a really big kitchen so I don't have to worry about a bright/dark color making it look smaller. I found an article suggesting a specific bright medium blue for oak cabinets:

Best Sherwin-Williams Paint Colors for a Blue Kitchen - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

Blue is my favorite color
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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That "tempo teal" color is kinda cool.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:11 PM
 
Location: FL
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I think the best color with oak is a sage green. It seems to tone down the orange of the oak. Look at SW svelte sage.
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:50 AM
 
Location: The Middle
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Thankfully they don't have the arch And it's a really big kitchen so I don't have to worry about a bright/dark color making it look smaller. I found an article suggesting a specific bright medium blue for oak cabinets:

Best Sherwin-Williams Paint Colors for a Blue Kitchen - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

Blue is my favorite color
lol. I should have known that by your name. Not having the arch will let you go in whatever direction you like. Post pics when your done.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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I have honey oak with a slight orangy look. I have my walls painted a bright yellow which accents more the yellow highlights in the oak than the orange. They don't look orangy with the yellow paint. Before that I tried a cream that was slightly orange and the cabinets looked really orange - awful. I immediately changed the color to yellow. Before this I had a light green which also looked nice.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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Do you hate a pale sage green for the walls? I am guessing that you do have the arch in which case the half moon brushed nickel pulls will not work. You could use oblong nickel door knobs. On the sides

Another way to go that is pretty bold would be paprika walls.

Either sage or parika will safely take your kitchen out of the 80s - 90s

BTW ripping out serviceable and funtioning cabs is not needed to make your kitchen work.
Also there are no rules against painting oak that I know of.
Black, white or cream would be nice. I would get a professional to do it.

I have seen it done and it's not against the law.
Not like ripping off the tag on your pillow case or anything. (Wink)

It's YOUR kitchen - you know your budget - have fun with it!

The only green that I would avoid is that deep hunter green - so 90s - but a soothing sage with cream and oak is classy!
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:42 AM
 
Location: NE Atlanta suburbs
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I had the same color oak cabinets in my last house. For the paint color, I chose Crocodile Tears by Valspar (it was a light/sagey green) and I changed out the brass hardware for oil rubbed bronze hardware. Those two changes made a huge difference.

And, as a cabinet glazer myself, I am here to tell you that you CAN paint oak, if you ever decide to do that. Whoever said you couldn't was wrong.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:43 PM
 
Location: PA
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Why not paint Oak Cabinets?
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:23 PM
 
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Why not paint Oak Cabinets?
I will remind you that the OP absolutely positutely wants only suggestions as to what color to paint the walls of their kitchen...

Personally I dislike oak hued "honey oak" and have semi-successfully used medium fruitwood stains to at least tone down the ugliness that so many lazy builders dish out. Oak does not paint easily -- its grain will show through mutliple layers of paint no matter how heavily you coat the stuff, and then you can the added yuckiness of that paint obscuring any molded detail that the cabinets may have yet still not being as smooth as as a more paintable wood like poplar...
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I too will go with the sage green. I think that will look nice with the oak. Ok, we all know oak is out, but we can still make the best of it.



I like deeper colors, maybe a darker shade of the sage.??
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