What Color Granite Goes With Honey Oak Cabinets?

What Color Granite Goes with Honey Oak Cabinets

Redecorating a home can be so expensive and so time-consuming, it makes many people intimidated. Every single item needs to be carefully decided, and everything has to work together well. It can be extremely stressful making decisions that all revolve around a hundred other things.

If you have honey oak cabinets installed in your kitchen, there are several great granite color choices. You will probably want to stay within warm tones and can select from a variety of earthy shades. The best colors of granite to choose with honey oak are ivory, white, gray, or warm beige.

According to the National Association of Realtors®, the kitchen is the first room potential buyers look at in a house. Therefore, keep your home’s value high by making kitchen renovations that appeal to a wide variety of prospective buyers.

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What Color Is Considered Honey Oak?

Colors are subjective, and all cabinet manufacturers use different words and phrases to describe their wares. Oak wood is recognizable mainly due to its wood grain pattern. It is one of the most popular woods used in the United States for furniture, cabinetry, and flooring.

Oak is usually the choice for Amish furniture and was often used by famous furniture designers especially in pre-colonial times. It’s extremely easy to work with, durable, and is beautiful natural, painted, or stained.

There are actually more than 60 varieties of oak trees growing within the United States. While most are either considered red or white oak, there are a variety of colors and hues available. Honey oak is best known for its distinct orange hue and strong grain.

How Much Choice Do I Have in Choosing Granite Colors?

Granite is natural and not available in every color of the rainbow. However, there still are a variety of granite countertop options to choose from. You can look at a wide variety online or even order a sample.  Because of the cost of shipping such a heavy material, you may want to look in person.

There are many marble, quartz, and granite warehouses and showrooms where you can look at an array of available stock.  

There are even places that have wholesale granite that may allow you to buy multiple pieces to get a discount. You can get quite a few pieces to match throughout your kitchen and bathrooms.  Some of these places even sell pieces that were mistakenly cut, similar to an “oops rack” at Home Depot.

Wholesale or discounted granite can significantly cut your price per square foot from $100-200 to $75-100. However, it will limit your available colors even further, and you may not have much of a choice. Therefore, if you’re going this route, you should pick your cabinets afterward.

Natural Markings in Granite

It’s important to remember that granite is a hard igneous rock and is a combination of mica, feldspar, and even quartz.  Because of this, it often has natural striations where these materials come together, veins, and even grain similar to woodgrain. 

There are a lot of naturally occurring elements, both figuratively and literally, that can change the colors of your granite. Your granite won’t be all a uniform color, and that’s part of what makes it so beautiful. It’s also what makes it match so many other colors, including honey oak cabinets.

Rather than choosing a specific base color of granite, focus on the features.  You may want to match your cabinets to the unique elements and discolorations within a piece of granite. 

Peruse a showroom and try to find a granite piece with markings that match your cabinets’ colors. This will allow your cabinets and granite to work together seamlessly.

Note: If you pick a specific slab of granite to match your home, you must put that in your contract.  Otherwise, the showroom may send you another piece of similar granite that may not have the features you specifically chose.

White Granite

White granite is beautiful and tends to resemble the Italian marble in museums and cathedrals.  This is great since marble tends to be double or triple the price of granite. White granite is chic and stylish and is a great solid base that makes all of your dishes shine.

White granite matches any color of cabinets and pretty much any possible kitchen wall color and accent colors. Therefore, it’s a viable option for your honey oak cabinets.

Gray Granite

Gray granite is a really popular color of granite since it’s one of the most commonly occurring colors of natural granite. Plus, gray is a prevalent decorating color in 2020.

Although gray is a cool tone, it goes with everything. Gray paired with honey oak cabinets can put a modern twist on an old classic. Gray looks amazing with accent colors of yellow, navy, or aubergine.  

And as always, gold and rose gold are very popular choices for accessories to match gray granite.

Ivory Granite

Ivory granite is a light cream (or off-white) color and a little bit darker than white. It’s warmer than white because it has more golden undertones, so it would be even better with honey oak cabinets. 

In addition to gold undertones, most ivory granite has shades of gray and pink, also perfect with honey oak cabinets. You can try shades of green, navy, or blush to match with gold accents. Or for a contemporary look, you can try white walls with ivory granite. 

Warm Beige Granite

Warm beige would be beautiful with honey oak cabinets but will be one of the harder colors to pull off. This is both because of its similarities to the natural color of honey oak and how many different variations of beige there are. 

Beige could mean ivory with just a slight tinge of brown or even pink. It could also refer to a light brown, camel, or caramel color family. Regardless of the warm beige shade you choose, you want to make sure it has warm overtones. Also, ensure that it isn’t too similar to your honey oak cabinets.

If you’re looking for a monochromatic look, you’ll need to work closely with your contractor or granite supplier. Together, you can make sure that the cabinets and granite countertops match perfectly.

Warm Tones vs. Cool Tones

Warm tones and cool tones are used to describe shades of different colors. Any shade from red to violet can have warm or cool tones. There are even cool and warm versions of the color white. Generally, warm colors have gold and yellow undertones, while cool colors have undertones of pink, red, and blush.  

Because honey oak has extremely warm tones (hence the “honey” name) — it is wise that you pair it with other warm-toned colors. For that reason, it isn’t recommended to pair them with black, blue, red, pink, or purple colors of granite.

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Related Questions

What if I pick a color granite that I don’t like with my honey oak cabinets?

If you don’t pick the right color granite, you can always replace it. But how easily (and at what price) depends on when you decide. For example, if your granite is already ordered by the time you decide, you’ll have to pay a restocking fee.

If the granite is already cut, you’ll likely still have to pay for it. Likewise, if your granite is already installed, you’ll have to pay to have it removed.

Then, you’ll have to purchase new granite and pay for that installation as well. It’s best to be absolutely sure of your color granite before you purchase it. Finally, to maintain the surface, consider also buying a kit in case you have to deal with chips and seal your granite.

Will I be able to tell what the granite will look like before it’s installed?

If possible, order a sample (or two) from your local granite supplier and put it on the countertop so you can give it a test run. You may also want to visit sample or demo homes in the newer subdivisions in your area.  Looking at these homes, you might be able to see granite similar to yours and what it looks like in person. 

You can also ask your dealer or manufacturer if he has any before and after pictures similar to the granite you are purchasing. These pictures are another way that you can see how your granite would look once installed.

Are there sites I can look at for granite counter and cabinet inspiration?

Pinterest is always really amazing for getting inspiration on home decor.  You can also check out websites that sell granite. Even if you don’t order from those sites, they are still an excellent place for style and design inspiration.

Stacy Randall

Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent’s former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.

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