What color to paint walls with clear wood floors, windows and casings

I have clear maple cabinets with a dark green countertop in the kitchen, oak floors and basebaoards, clear pine windows and clear fir doors. Alot of wood mostly red and yellow hues. I don't want the wood painted. Does anyone have ideas on paint color?
I'd like neutral colors if possible.
Thanks for any ideas.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 06, 2015
    Your room looks amazing.In my opinion I would accent the largest wall with a darker color such as a tomato red or a rusty color something along those lines Should you like that idea once you color choice for the large wall is picked then you can pick out a contrasting color for balance. For a visual of this go on Behr.com as they actually so you the colors in the room.
  • PhilCo PhilCo on Nov 06, 2015
    Like Becky said, I am really pleased you don't want to paint the wood! :) As for colours, they are very personal, and without more info... is your house old style, or new, hard to tell from the photo, are you a country or city person? that has an influence on choice. If you find it too hard to choose, let me know, we'll just do a swap, I think it looks lovely as it is!
  • Constance Farris Constance Farris on Nov 06, 2015
    I have similar colors in my kitchen/dining area. I did my longest wall in horizontal stripes with Behr Coffee n Cream at the top and a medium mauve at the bottom. I mixed the center color from the other two. The smaller walls are painted in the darkest color. My floors are granite tiles with some black in them, but a lot of red/yellow tones. Sounds weird, but it really works. Previously, the old owners had painted a sort of dark peach color. Awful!
  • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Nov 06, 2015
    I think you need a neutral color that will compliment your beautiful wood cabinets and your darker wood dining set. I'm not sure what colors you are drawn too so I thought I take the liberty to make a few neutral color suggestions! Manchester Tan by BM is a very warm neutral that is almost like an off-white. It's not grey or cold and it's not a boring beige. It's nice with dark and mid-tone woods. You might also like Toasted Wheat by Pratt & Lambert.This has been one of their top selling colors for years as it is warm, nature based tan that is extremely versatile. It has a certain amount of depth so that it has presence on its own but neutral enough not to steal the show! If you prefer a greige (grey/beige combo) I would go with Lace Handkerchief by BM. It's a nice classic color. And finally, if you like a nice creamy color,I would choose Quail Egg by Valspar. It's a lovely warm color that would make your wood tones pop! Good Luck!
  • Jean Akins Jean Akins on Nov 07, 2015
    My kitchen is a similar color scheme. We painted the walls a medium-tone sage green and we love it!
  • Pamela Greco Pamela Greco on Nov 07, 2015
    My kitchen is the same. We painted all the wall space with paprika in an eggshell finish
  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 07, 2015
    So glad you don't plan of covering up those beautiful wood cabinets! I am a fan of dusty blue with soft golden accents to incorporate the wood tones in the kitchen and window trim. Blue would work with your green counters and accent colors could be in more of the peachy or soft sage green tones. In the end it's really a personal choice depending on whether you want soft tones or brighter ones. I find the blue more restful in a larger space, but others may have a differing opinion.We had sage green in our kitchen and I had it repainted last year to a light dusty blue, it reflected more light and made the space seem softer to me.
  • Edith Reardon Edith Reardon on Nov 07, 2015
    I would go a darker green like the sage green too maybe on just you main walls and a lighter green where the cabinets are. A 2 tone kitchen would look better with so much wall. Would create a break between the kitchen and dining area. Hate it when the first thing people do is paint the beautiful wood.
    • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Nov 07, 2015
      @Edith Reardon Funny you should say that, I have cupboards similar and had a neighbor tell they are so old fashioned... I said what they are new only 3yrs old. So wood is not for everyone......
  • Shari Shari on Nov 07, 2015
    Many people use yellows or reds with oak (or maple) but most decorators say this is not the best choice as it just magnifies all the yellow, orange and red tones of the wood. The current colors recommended are bluish grays, or grayed (muted) blues and sage greens (or greens without yellow undertones). Personally, my favorite is sage green. While you may not consider sage green a "neutral," it really is. Think about Mother Nature--every color works with green! A beautiful sage green would be a lovely compliment to your wood tones.
  • Glenice hanna Glenice hanna on Nov 07, 2015
    What color makes you happy ? Check your wardrobe. If you love the color, you'll love the room.
  • Edith Reardon Edith Reardon on Nov 07, 2015
    My late father-in-law made me cabinets like those. I loved them with the dark antique hinges. I had a smoked easy to clean ceiling over the counters. My walls what were there were an almond color to bring out the color of my cedar cabinets. So much wood in that house easy to take care of. You never have to repaint wood walls. Just seal them and you are done forever.
  • Bron Bron on Nov 08, 2015
    I agree with Edith. I think almond colored walls would look lovely.
  • Sandra Sandra on Nov 08, 2015
    Did you notice the green in the plant at the top of your photo? That is a green with a lot of yellow in it. I would take that plant with me to the paint store so they can use the computer to match the color. Then buy one of the little samples. Don't just make a little dot on the way to test the color. Make a 12x12 swatch and live with it until you decide. If you have other colors in mind, do the same thing. And always look at the color throughout the day to see how it (they) change. And, remember my father, who was a graphic artist, always said green is a neutral and anything goes with it. So have a go with the greenery on the top of your cabinet. Have fun.
  • Vicki Mann Vicki Mann on Nov 10, 2015
    Pearl gray or gold
  • Kelley Kelley on Nov 10, 2015
    Lowes Valspar color: Smoked Oyster. You can't go wrong with that color.
  • Kristin Topping Kristin Topping on Nov 11, 2015
    What a great flooring you have posted .Oak hardwood flooring is one of the most popular woods floors due to its versatility and durability. It is the ideal wood to create a traditional or rustic space but the possibilities are endless. Thanks for nice article.
  • Debbie Miller Debbie Miller on Nov 12, 2015
    Almost any color of green would do well. Dark greens (in my opinion) adds a bit of Elegance...with bright curtains and wall decor.It would also bring out your counter-top.
  • JoAnn JoAnn on Nov 13, 2015
    With the green counters I would not use another green. I personally would change out the counter top to a more neutral color. I would go with a taupe color. Add other colors as well. A light mustard color...
  • Marsha Groce Marsha Groce on Nov 13, 2015
    It is a beautiful kitchen! I have light Oak cabinets as well and I do not want to paint or pickle them. Traditional always is good. I painted my walls with a light blue, you could use a light green or a green with some gray in it. I do like the idea of a light gold or linen. Your counter tops sound just great. I have a chair railing on my long wall and you could do that as well. You can get wall paper batten-board I think that is what it is called from Home Depot on line. It is textured and you can paint it! It looks like the real thing and not too pricey at all. Then you can use some art work and bring a little oak something over on that wall, maybe a plate rack and put some really fun plates with different styles and colors and get a couple of rugs that Pop! One at the sink side and another one under the table. Put another picture back on for all to see! Fun! fun! Get busy!
  • Roberta Roberta on Nov 13, 2015
    Our oak trim has always been a challenge for us, too. We have painted our walls a tone of gold, then tone of blue-green (in bedroom) and now a light shade of grey/taupe in our great room. Ay color will go with the latter, but we are using a darkened tone of aqua, a taupe-greenish and some silvery fabrics for accents. Be sure to spread your accent colors around in pillows, furniture, and other accessories. Spray painting glass lamps, getting new white shades (for lots of light as old shades get yellow and dull the room). You can visit Salvation Army (or similar), for accessories you can either spray or chalk paint, to accessorize. Using decorative papers to cover books, line trays, etc., make for super one-of-a-kind accessories. Wit the grayish color, you are now in trend, AND can change your colors, by changing accessories!
  • Janet chambers Janet chambers on Nov 19, 2015
    I have about the same colors you do. I used a very light peach color on the walls and they look great!
  • Evelyn Cook Evelyn Cook on Nov 21, 2015
    the color of sand
  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 30, 2015
    I would because i love color and contrast, paint the top of your longer wall a lighter color maybe a earthy med color, not much beige in it and place a chair railing at center probably 4ft stain a little darker than cabinetry for contrast, and below your favorite color in a darker shade, you can use this color as accent color in valence, centerpieces and pictorial grouping's. Just be sure to love your colors, if in doubt choose another color. I màñy times check out the fabrics sections for color combinations! Good luck! chair railing a darker color, say deep color that is your favorite and then you can use that color as accents in valence, centerpieces for table and in wall pictures.
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Dec 02, 2015
    You need color. lots of it. No beige. No cream. take a look at the paint samples in the photo; open your mind. There will be a color that will inspire you that will be perfect. I would also rethink the window valences. They are too small and you need something bigger to make more of an impact. Have fun! Beautiful room - it deserves to be a stunning room!
  • Paula Paula on Dec 02, 2015
    Sherwin Williams Toasted Almond
  • Marsha Groce Marsha Groce on Dec 03, 2015
    I like the idea of the toasted Almond but something to not only enhance the wood but also give a contrast to the room. Start with your primary colors they always go well with natural wood, and also what is your favorite color? I think a nice gray/green would be nice and use light greens, dark greens, and etc. to give it a pop. I think before I had an idea of a shelf in natural or use a darker color than the wall. Get some wonderful old or modern plates with all kinds of color to really give that area a pop. The almond or a light grey would be pretty with the furniture. Use the color you pick in shades, table accessories, and rugs. Let us know what you do with it!
  • Marsha Groce Marsha Groce on Dec 03, 2015
    I thought of something else, borrow a wallpaper book and take it and push the table back to the wall and set it on something not to scratch the table and look at different patterns of colors and pick something you like !
  • Melissa Schleich Melissa Schleich on Jan 18, 2016
    I'd do a pale teal. The blue/ green will compliment the warm yellow/red tones in the wood. And will work well with the green in the counter tops. Then maybe some artwork with teals and reds to spice up that long wall.
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