Walnut cabinets exude a captivating warmth, boasting a rich color and texture that complements any space. What’s more, it effortlessly embraces a variety of finishes, adding to its versatility and charm.
The allure of walnut wood lies in its range of deep chocolate to light reddish-gray brown hues – with their smooth, fine, and straight wood grains, they are a visual treat for the eyes.
When paired with the right countertop, walls, floors, appliances, and hardware, walnut cabinets transcend beauty and become a true centerpiece, making any space more enchanting and desirable.
If you are wondering what colors you should use while refinishing, here we break down some of the best options to pick that would really compliment your dark walnut cabinets.
So, let’s get into them right here…
Paint Colors That Go Well with Walnut Cabinets
Walnut cabinets are available with medium to dark brown undertones for you to work with. For this reason, you can offset the overall mood of the walnut colors with different colors.
Since walnut cabinets are mostly darker-toned and have a warmer color, paint colors that have neutral tones and light hues, look best with them. But generally speaking, no matter the lightness or darkness of the walnut color, earthy and neutral hues are a superb choice.
Choosing the paint with light gray or subtle blue shades will work best on walls with medium-toned walnut cabinets. On the other hand, darker walnut cabinetry will look nice with blue-gray, mint, sage green, off-white, vanilla cream, and French vanilla shades on the walls.
If a darker aesthetic is your thing, you will need to make sure the area is well-lit in order to provide a balance with the darkness.
Flooring that Goes Beautifully with Walnut Cabinets
As for flooring, the timeless look of walnut cabinets is not only responsible for its popularity, but it pretty much goes with anything.
The best floor colors are those that fall in the spectrum of gray, white, blonde, and honey colors. Light- and dark-patterned hardwood floors with walnut cabinets are both trending.
To elaborate further, light-colored flooring is ideal with both light and dark walnut cabinets.
Especially for dark walnut cabinets, it is recommended that you use light-colored floorings, such as maple or various brown tones. This color of floor looks great with walnut cabinets, as do grays and whites.
Many people choose to pair walnut cabinets with soothing, neutral floor colors to create a warmer look. But, IMO, it’s best to avoid any bold colors for your hardwood floors so you don’t accidentally create a space that clashes with itself.
If you want a look that is more industrial-modern, you could choose a darker floor, but be sure to have a floor-to-ceiling window that will lighten up the room, or else you will be stuck with an overly dark color scheme that will make the room feel small and cramped.
Instead of matching a dark floor with dark cabinetry, making the space look bland, you could pair dark walnut cabinets with light honey-brown floors.
What Color Kitchen Countertop Goes Well with Walnut Cabinets?
For kitchen countertops, light hues like gray look marvelous with walnut cabinets. Beige, gold, brown, and white are other popular countertop choices for pairing with dark and medium brown walnut cabinets.
Much like with the floor, pairing a countertop with the same color of walnut as the cabinets can make it look quite bland.
Instead, light-colored countertops are your best bet since they will brighten up the kitchen, all the while blending in well with other dark and light shades of walnut.
If you want to pair darker walnut kitchen cabinets with your countertops, opt for colors such as:
- Creamy white
- Crisp white
- Golden shades that have brown undertones
White with undertones of gray and generally cooler shades of gray complement medium-toned walnut cabinets beautifully. You could choose a colorful backsplash to tie it all together.
What Color Hardware is Best Suited for My Walnut Wood Cabinets?
When redoing the cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom how can we forget hardware? Its finishing touches complete the look of your cabinets.
For walnut wood cabinets, you have a range of choices for hardware and fixture colors – you could opt for dark or light-colored finishes depending on your aesthetic preferences.
But, in my opinion, dark-colored knobs and pulls (like brass, oil-rubbed bronze, charcoal gray, black, etc.) are great to match with walnut because they make the wood’s deep hue stand out even more.
Some of the other most popular colors include:
Gold color hardware looks beautiful with the undertones of walnut cabinets and furniture, creating an elegant and bright look. It’s one of the most common choices for homeowners since the color is bold and rich.
Walnut and tan have similar undertones, so when paired together, they can be monochrome and cohesive in appearance. Moreover, the tan will give a slight contrast to walnut wood cabinets without seeming too bold of a contrast.
Also, this color can even change depending on the kitchen’s light at any time. For instance, this kind of hardware tends to look black in rooms with bright light, but in dark ambient lighting, it has a glossy appearance.
c) Polished Silver
Silver is a versatile and elegant color that can elevate the appearance of any kitchen. When paired with waxed or lacquered walnut, it creates a sophisticated Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic.
Opting for silver, chrome, and stainless steel cabinet handles and pulls also adds a touch of luxury and modernity. For an even more opulent feel, consider using silver knobs with glass tops. This combination will truly transform your kitchen into a refined and stylish space.
d) Matte Black Finish
Matte Black, a classic and widely used color for hardware, stands the test of time. Its inherent neutrality grants it the ability to complement any style effortlessly.
When paired with walnut, this versatile color harmonizes the wood’s tones and effortlessly enhances any countertop. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that your choice of hardware won’t clash with either element.
The Bottom Line
Walnut cabinets are growing increasingly popular, leaving many to wonder how to incorporate them into their own kitchens. This concludes the question of which colors would go best with walnut cabinetry.
Some of the most popular colors to match with walnut cabinets and furniture include earthy shades like light blue and sage green, as well as dove white, vanilla, and soft gray hues.
Above, we’ve outlined some other color options for various aspects of your kitchen to get you started. Hopefully, those will help you decorate your space better.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.