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Gray & White Home – Marble, Dark Wood, Artwork & More!

Posted on February 18, 2022 by KylieMawdsley

Gray & Gorgeous: A Classic, Contemporary Home

Creating a beautiful home from the ground up is one of the most satisfying parts of my work and this STUNNING home was no exception! Working with a palette of predominantly gray, white and black, we created a home with warmth, class and the perfect backdrop for the homeowners exceptional art collection.

And while some gray homes are already out of style as they went TOO hard into the gray trend, the majority of the finishes in this home will withstand the test of time.

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Because they’re classic and timeless – not just trendy.

Exterior paint colour dark gray, similar to BEnjamin Moore Dior Gray, white trim, garage doors, dark gray charcoal ledgestone. Kylie M E-design, online colour consulting

The color of the exterior is similar to Benjamin Moore Dior Gray with stark white trim and dark gray ledgestone. The striking black double front door is a focal point to this beautiful tone-on-tone home.

Exterior dark gray, similar to Benjamin Moore Dior Gray, gray stacked ledgestone. white trim, black double front door. Kylie M Interiors E-design and online color consulting



The entryway is the space most people see first when they enter a home, and the one they see LAST when leaving a home – make sure your entryway leaves an impression!

With the double-front doors being tucked into a bit of a niche, we added a touch of drama and formality with a striking black colour (Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black) and beautiful black marble tile that was inset into the wood floor. It’s a sharp, clean palette paired with Benjamin Moore Oxford White wainscoting.

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

A home doesn’t need to be your personal style, for you to appreciate its beauty. So, while this style isn’t quite my jam (not even with peanut butter on it), I know we created a stunner. However, I would change the light to be softer, so it casts a less graphic light (I don’t get a say in EVERY choice). Even then, the overall look is curated, collected, and classic…

These homeowners have a HUGE art collection in a variety of genres. Many collectors lean towards classic shades of white when painting their walls. My clients wanted a slightly softer approach, using gray as a consistent backdrop. We chose Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray as the main color and supplemented it with a few different colors in secondary spaces.

Stonington Gray is a light shade of gray (on the HEAVY side of the light range). While it can look cool, it’s more of a stormy gray with subtle blue-green undertones.

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

Stonington Gray is a great choice as it easily transitions into other spaces, as seen in the 1/2 bath (to the right in the above photo).



In keeping with the gray theme but adding some drama, we chose Dior Gray for the powder room. Now, most 1/2 baths or powder rooms won’t have a sink, toilet, and free-standing tub, but my clients had particular needs for their home and this set-up was one of them!

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

Leaving the powder room and returning to the entryway, these next photos show how nicely the entryway transitions into the kitchen area…

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray walls, Oxford White doors, trims, railing, dark wood floor, artwork collection

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



This kitchen is a Chef’s DREAM with black granite perimeter countertops, Vancouver Island Marble on the island, and coffered ceilings. Because the kitchen is open to the dining room, living room, and entryway, the eating bar gives a small visual barrier between daily living and the messy bits (although, PERSONALLY, I’m not a huge fan of it).

The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Oxford White with a soft gray glaze to take the edge off. All trims, including the coffered ceiling areas, are Oxford White as well.

Contemporary yet transitional style kitchen with white glazed cabinets, dark cherry island, coffered ceilings and marble and granite countertops by Kylie M Interiors

Many people wouldn’t do white grout in a kitchen, but for this super tidy, low-key couple, white grout won’t be a hassle!

As for the sink area, I wish I had the photography skills to show you the GORGEOUS ocean view outside their windows – you’ll have to settle for the INSIDE view!

White kitchen with large windows, marble island countertops, black granite and stainless apron front sink

This kitchen was designed almost ten years ago and the owners planned on living in it for a looooong time, so they wanted to love it for themselves!

Marble island with raised bar top, wine bar station with white glazed cabinets, coffered ceilings and Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray walls. Design by Kylie M Interiors

However, for mass appeal and CURRENT trends, a few things could be updated (without spending a TON of money). Sure, I’d love to see all new countertops and would run the wood floor right through the kitchen, but often, there’s a good happy medium with a few smaller changes…

  • the glass and stainless steel mosaic tile backsplash – either run the black granite up the backsplash or do a subway tile
  • remove the raised eating area on the island and possibly do a new island slab  – not that marble isn’t timeless, but you’d need a bit more depth for eating once the raised area is removed
  • do solid white pendant lights, not champagne-style ones
  • consider repainting the cabinets white WITHOUT the glaze
  • soften the look with less modern/contemporary bar stools
  • less open wine storage

Moving along to the dining room and living room…

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The homeowner wanted to use her old dining table and chairs, which have a less contemporary, and more traditional vibe. In the ideal world, the chairs would be a bit more modern, but this set gives the space a bit more of a homey, collected look…

Open concept dining room and kitchen with coffered ceilings and dark wood flooring. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray and Intense White

Traditional, contemporary style dining room. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, coffered ceilings, wainscoting and chandelier by Kylie M Interiors

The Right Height to Hang Artwork & Mirrors

As for the living area, their beautiful art collection is, once again, in its glory with white wainscoting, gray walls, and a classic marble fireplace surround…

Traditional modern style open layout living room and dining room, coffered ceilings, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

The living room is simple and understated. Sadly, I don’t always get full control of the furnishings and decor (even when my soul is BEGGING to intervene!)…

Best Benjamin Moore Gray paint color Stonington Gray shown with white leather sectional, dark wood floors and wainscoting

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Here are a few suggestions to make this living area even more beautiful…

  • a textured, solid-color rug to add some softness and anchor the furniture pieces
  • I would also simplify the toss cushions with more solid colors
  • a table lamp on the left with a matching floor lamp on the right
  • OR, a longer sofa table/console behind the sectional, with a lamp on either end of it
  • nothing on the ottoman

Champagne glass style pendant lights over island. Kylie M E-design

Thank you for visiting – I hope you enjoyed this home as much as I did!


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      Hi Dixie! Now it was QUITE a few years ago and they actually came from Costco! Amazing, since the walk-in closet light was $800 – these bad boys were affordable and did the trick!

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  1. I really like the way you did to this house inside and outside!
    Do you know where I can get the siding from? the shape and the color are excellent!

  2. I love the BM Dior Gray!! We are in the process of building and I am desperately trying to find the perfect gray. My builder only uses Sherwin Williams colors. Any idea if SW has a color very close to Dior Gray?


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      YOu know, Dior Gray is wicked cool, but I’ll warn you that’s not quite the perfect gray as it does have quite a bit of purple in it (understatement)! If you like that general look though, check out SW Pewter Cast, Summit Gray and Gray Shingle. I don’t know what you’re using it for (interior/exterior/whole home/1 room) but these colours can be a bit more liveable as the undertones drop back 🙂

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