This Is How to Deal with Honey Oak Cabinets: Paint the Walls Midnight Blue

Kitchen Spotlight

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We've seen and heard our share of rental kitchen woes lately, particularly when it comes to those ubiquitous contractor-grade honey oak cabinets. Tux painted his backsplash to try to downplay the blandness, while Courtney painted over the cabinets entirely (but she owns her home — that's not an option for most renters).

The latest effort to solve the honey-oak-cabinet-conundrum comes from Jaclyn, and this may be the best look of all:

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As seen in this recent House Tour on Apartment Therapy, Jaclyn painted her kitchen in Behr's "Starless Night," an inky, midnight blue. The eye is so drawn to the depth and drama of the color that you hardly even notice the laminate countertops, and the honey oak cabinets look... really good, actually! The golden tones in the wood play well against the dark blue. Overall, a smart design decision for a rental kitchen!

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See the Full Tour → Jaclyn's Down-to-Earth Live/Work Apartment at Apartment Therapy

(Image credits: Alexis Buryk)