I get a lot of questions about which colours work with honey oak trim, so I thought it would be easier to just show which colours are not so fabulous.
Since honey oak trim has an orange/yellow undertone, I would generally advise against using any shade of pink beige colour with it. In my system of understanding undertones, the same rule of not combining pink beige with yellow beige or orange beige because pink beige will simply look dirty against these undertones will apply with honey oak woodwork.
The other guideline to keep in mind is contrast. The same pale shade of yellow beige for example will show up a lot better with white trim than it will combined with wood stained trim, so make sure you hold your large painted colour sample right beside your trim to make sure you are happy with the level of contrast.
Here’s a dining room with mahogany woodwork with pink beige walls, and orange/yellow wood floors. You can see that the pink beige isn’t wrong with the trim but would not work at all if the wood stains were reversed.
In most cases, wood floors are like jeans because by the time you decorate the room, the wall colour should be chosen to work with the carpet, drapery or upholstery, however you can NEVER ignore wood once it goes vertical in a room, on cabinets or trim/woodwork.
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