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Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray: A Fresh Home Remodel

Posted on March 10, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

E-DESIGN: Home update with GREIGE, WHITE, DARK WOOD FLOORS & more! 

If you’ve been feeling tempted to update your early 2000s home, this just might be your tipping point – consider yourself warned.


When my Online Colour Consulting client sent along these after photos, I actually WHOOPED for joy. Why? Well, not only was this family home updated with TIMELESS appeal but its HEART and SOUL were saved in the process.

And while I could listen to myself talk (or type) all day long, I know you’re just here for my wit, charm and the pretty pictures, so LET’S DO THIS!


This space had great bones, just outdated finishes and fixtures…

entryway before (1)

And after…

Two storey foyer or entryway, Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, beige tan carpet on stairs, dark wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, consultant

If you’re wondering about the paint colours, you’ll find a FULL LIST at the end of this blog post.

And for all those hubbies who’ve REFUSED to paint the wood railing, remember…


entryway before, oak floor

Staircase, painted wood hand railing, painted metal spindles, beige or tan carpet and greige walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. diy update ideas for the home. Dark wood floor

One of the MANY things I love is that you’ll see a lot of the same furnishings in the before/after photos. This isn’t just a great way to save money, but a way to keep familiarity and authenticity, as some pieces just suit the home and the people living in it!

I also find it interesting that while EVERYONE else is putting in light natural oak flooring, my clients went the other way and restained their floors in a DARK finish – LOVE IT! Sure, they could’ve chosen some fancy wide plank, brushed finish new floor, but they would’ve spent a FORTUNE doing so.


Again, GREAT BONES, but it was begging for a fresh colour, flooring, and fireplace surround to go with the gorgeous furniture…

living room before photos (3)

Ermmmm ya, it turned out alright…

Formal livingroom, travertine tile fireplace surround, dark wood floor. White mantel, greige taupe furniture. Edgecomb Gray walls, White Dove. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy consultant

SO STINKIN’ PRETTY! A beautiful modern take on traditional style. And those dark floors are just DELICIOUS!

Accent chairs, dark wood floor in formal living room, travertine tile fireplace, white mantel. Edgecomb Gray, White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Edesign, consultant and diy expert

I actually like travertine tile and it wouldn’t have been the end of the world if they’d kept the original fireplace surround…

living room before photos (3)

But HOT DAMN, does it look good now or WHAT!?

Living room fireplace, travertine tile suround, white painted mantel, Edgecomb Gray, White Dove, dark wood floor and home decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, DIY consultant



As for the dining room, not only was the wall colour out-of-date but so was the FURNITURE. And that sponge-painted ceiling is AMAZING! Said nobody ever.


It’s like a brand-new home with the charm of a lived-in one!

Traditional dining room, light white wash furniture. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, greige walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger. Formal style

As for the dining set, again, good bones – outdated finish. My client had it professionally painted in Annie Sloan Old White with a gray glaze and it’s freakin’ GLOOOOORIOUS!

Dining room before (1)

Look at how much better the DRAPES look too, the SOUL of this room is so much more at peace…

Dining room, warm neutral paint colour Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, traditional style. Chandelier. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Formal traditional dining room, greige walls in Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, white wash wood furniture. Chandelier. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online colour consultant

Now, are you ready for things to get even better?


I was so happy my client didn’t want to paint her brick fireplace. Some brick fireplaces are too fugly to be saved, while others are the EPITOME of timelessness and hominess – and this is one of them. HOWEVER, the rest of the room needed to step up its game…

family room before (9)


Split-level family room with transitional style home decor and furniture. Red, pink brick fireplace and greige walls, white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Benjamin Edgecomb, White

I could seriously curl up in this room in my fave jam-jams, with a bottle of wine and a straw glass of wine and never leave.

This room ALMOST had me at hello, but the cherry stain on the beams was too graphic and red-hued for this lil’ Ginger, even though I would’ve camouflaged nicely…

family room before (7)

By blending in the coffered ceilings, the room feels brighter and bigger, while still having a cozy vibe…

Living or family room, pink red brick fireplace, greige walls, Edgecomb, White Dove, greige sofas. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online consultant

Family room in split level layout, greige furniture, greige walls and White Dove trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decorating and design blogger, consultant

The chandelier looks JUST like the one in our home – mad love.

And did you get a sneak-peek of the KITCHEN? That’s a creature unto itself and you’ll see the FULL GLORY of it HERE. BUT WE’RE NOT DONE YET, KEEP READING!

In the above photo, notice the bookshelf supporting the railing. We painted it a dark colour to ground it and give the railing a more modern foundation to rest on (also notice the colour connection with the toss cushions in the above photo).

Here’s a good before shot showing the split-level layout, as well as the outdated finishes…

family room before (2)

And after. Notice that even the metal spindles were painted for a fresh look…

Cherry wood bookcase painted Benjamin Moore Gray, a dark charcoal colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Back to that brick fireplace. There were many aspects of this room that I loved. I didn’t totally hate the warmer golden wall colour (how’s that for a ringing endorsement). It’s a bit off with the brick, but I’ve seen way worse. Even the beams made sense considering the red-purple tones in the brick. It all looked cozy, but it ALSO looked early 2000s and heavy.

family room before, brick fireplace

And whether you love painted brick or prefer it raw, this fireplace looks stunning for any style (well, maybe not mid-century, but you get my point)…

Pink or red brick fireplace, white mantel, chandelier, update ideas. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger and online paint color consultant

Family room, brick fireplace that's pink with greige walls, transitional style home decor, chandelier, white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decorating blogger

Read more: 5 Ideas to Update Your Fireplace

As for the KITCHEN I alluded to earlier, you’ll see it ALL HERE – and it’ll be worth it!


There’s one more room that’s going to knock your friggin’ socks off…


This home office had such GREAT bones with crown moulding, wainscoting and built-in bookcases, it was just so HEAVY looking…

HOme office red cherry wood before edesign (2)

Okay, seriously, can I move in?

Home office, wainscoting painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Whtie Dove. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, virtual and diy design and decor consultant. Update ideas

HOme office red cherry wood before edesign (3)

I don’t have a great AFTER photo of the built-ins, it can be tough when shooting into the light. However, you can see a bit of them in this next photo…

Wainscoting, panelling Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, warm gray greige, White Dove walls, home office. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update and consultant

Wainscoting painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, White Dove walls and door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, painted gray trim. DIY DECOR AND DESIGN IDEAS

Want to know what colours we chose? I’ve got it ALL at the end of this blog post!

But first, three things…

1. Did you check out the KITCHEN in this home? You should (I know, I’m a bossy lil’ Ginger)

2. Did you know I have an AWESOME SEARCH function on the right-hand side of your screen? Seriously, 400+ articles to choose from – SURELY I have what you’re looking for!

3. Did you know I have an awesome INSTAGRAM FEED & EPIC YOUTUBE CHANNEL you can subscribe to? I’ve reviewed almost ALL of the colours you just saw! True story.


Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting and E-BOOKS

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  1. What a beautiful transformation! It’s so much fresher and I love the furniture that has been repainted. Absolutely stunning!

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    1. I love this look! I’m creating a mood board and trying to figure out how you mix different w completely different feels and it look so freaking put together and good! I’ve been begging my husband to let me hire you haha and considering it’s almost been a year and 50 plus samples ….. he’s close to giving in I think lol you are so good at this stuff. It’s not easy at all!

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  2. Turned out beautifully! Your client has exceptional taste and the colours you chose are spot on, as always. It’s interesting that there isn’t any art on any of the walls, although, they do have an incredible number of windows. Any idea what’s on the wall opposite the China cabinet in the dining room?

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      Hi Shelley, I didn’t notice that but you’re right, they have a lot of windows! I added a dining room photo that shows the OTHER side of the room with a snippet of their GOOORGEOUS off-white/black prints – LOVE THEM!

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  3. Wow! It looks fantastic. I have an old heavy but. nice dining room table and chairs. I haven’t wanted to paint them, but now that I’ve seen this I’m inspired! Now to find someone who can do the same for me. Well done everyone!

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      That’s JUST what I love to hear Jacki, sometimes you just need to SEE it to believe it :). I bet if you ask on FB someone will know SOMEONE who does chalk painting!

  4. Gee not sure. While it is a huge step forward in time, shouldn’t there have been one color incorporated ? Even just in throws/rugs/pillows such as a light blue or sea foam green? And I have Edgecomb Grey so I do like that wall color but it just reads so monotone. Is it just me? It could be.

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      Hi Carolyn! It’s ALLLL about personal preference! Some people prefer decorating in ranges of neutrals rather than inserting colour. I find it’s about a 75/25 split! For THIS home, I lean into no obvious colours and prefer the layering of neutrals, but again, it’s all personal!

  5. Wow! Such a stunning transformation that showcases the power of paint. I have been trying to choose a color for my main living areas, which face due East and due West and had crossed Edgecomb off of my list. Now I have to revisit it.

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      Yes, it really is lovely, as long as you have some good light in those rooms. If they’re LOW light, EG could fall a bit flat at times.

  6. Kylie, I love this ! It truly is beautiful AND relatable! I loved how it was not all wiped away. Would love to see more like this and ALWAYS enjoy your humor and wit!

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  7. Whoa! I am IN LOVE with your work and this site!! Wondering your thoughts on pairing SW Creamy walls with SW Alabaster cabinets??? My kitchen is currently VERY similar to the before photos from this project. With the general differences being that our floors are a darker neutral brown (no orange) and the backsplash is an off-white/cream classic subway tile. Also, of note, our windows -of which there are many- are all north facing. Which is why I’m looking to paint the majority of the home in SW Creamy. It’s currently SW intellectual Grey – or sad wet cement as I like to call it. I’m in love with both of those colors but wondering if the combo sounds crazy. I love the idea of doing the hone in creamy neutrals with pops of black or dark grey to ground it. I’m open to a better suggestion for the cabinetry – especially if you think maybe Alibaster would be a better choice for the walls. Though I already know your thoughts on Creamy!

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      Ooooo, I love sad wet cement!

      okay, so I don’t have a problem with Alabaster and Creamy as long as you’re cool with a super low contrast soft approach. I have NO problem with this, however, even Alabaster walls could be pretty! (and make sure the trim is Alabaster too 🙂

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      1. Oh, the brick fireplace is painted with Edgecomb Gray? Was the paint watered-down so that it was more a whitewash? A lot of the bricks look raw rather than painted.

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  8. Omg, this made me just decide to paint my heavy, cherry dining room after agonizing over it! I am dying to know where you got the chandelier? I am embarrassed to say I have the exact one in the “before” picture and when I replaced the old brass one with I I thought I was so modern!🤦🏻‍♀️

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