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Entryway – New Home Nanaimo

Posted on October 18, 2016 by KylieMawdsley

My clients were HUGE art collectors and when building their new home, they wanted a palette and products that would complement and not compete with their amazing collection.

Staircase with white spindles, black hand rail. Artwork. Dark wood flooring, Stonington Gray paint colour. Kylie M E-design, virtual online decorating, colour consultant

We chose Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray as the main colour (which was then continue through the open layout living areas.

Interior front doors painted black, double, marble floor with dark wood. Stonington gray paint. Kylie M E-design

With the double-front doors being tucked into a bit of a niche, we decided to add a touch of drama and formality with a striking black colour (SW Tricorn Black) and beautiful black marble tile that was inset into the wood floor.  Paired with BM Oxford White wainscoting, it’s a sharp, clean palette.

Stonington Gray was a great choice as it made it easy to transition to fantastic colours like Dior Gray, as seen in the 1/2 bath.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray with white wainscoting. Background color Dior Gray. An art lovers home. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and E-design

Small bathroom free standing clawfoot tub. Benjamin Moore Dior Gray. Kylie M E-design, online paint colour consulting

We took things up a notch and adding striking contrast with white stair spindles and black handrails, transitioning us nicely into the open layout living areas with the same white, black and gray palette.

White kitchen, gray stool, black handrail on white stairs. Kylie M E-design, online decorating, virtual packages

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    1. Hi Angela, that’s semi-gloss sheen and I’m sorry but I don’t remember the black!!! So here’s a pointer. When you’re painting a door a dark colour (going from light) the more coats you put on, the more sheen you will get. If you do 12 coats of a flat finish, you’ll end up with shiny paint (it’s funny that way). So, make sure you prime with a gray primer to get yourself part way there. From there a quality paint should take 2-3 coats in which case a semi-gloss is perfect as it reaches it’s ideal sheen at that level.

      Hope that helps!

  2. I’m pinning this! This is my new inspiration home! I love your use of color to make the artwork pop. The very dark wall in the background appears to be a dark gray…was this Kendall charcoal or chelsea gray from your favorite grays? It works beautifully with the Coventry gray!

  3. I found this blog to be very informative. I didn’t realize how complex choosing a white paint could be. I picked my kitchen cabinets 6 months ago from my contractor and it is Origami White. I’m now choosing the colors for my walls and I’m having difficulty on which white to choose. I though White Dove might be nice, but now not sure. I have a white marble island and a gray countertop. The floor is a medium brown wood color. Do you have any suggestions on colous that go well with Origami White?

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