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The 6 Best NOT BORING Paint Colours for a Dark Hallway

Posted on January 15, 2019 by KylieMawdsley

 

The Best Paint Colours for a Dark Hallway or Staircase

(and some other great tips…)

If there’s one space in a home with the potential to be dismal, it’s the hallway. In fact, MOST hallways are narrow, gloomy and leave little room for visual interest and excitement.

And we WILL get to the visual interest and excitement…another day. TODAY we’re talking about paint colours because if your walls aren’t the right colour, there’s no visual interest that will save you. But, before I introduce the actual colours, let’s talk about some meat n’ potatoes stuff.

LRV and Dark Hallways 

LRV matters a lot in a dark hallway. Why? Well, with hallways having very little natural light to throw around, paint colours need to work overtime, throwing whatever light they can grab around the room. What is LRV? It’s a number that EVERY paint colour has that basically refers to how much light a paint colour reflects or absorbs. Trust me, this little number could save your life and your marriage, so if you don’t know much about it, I suggest you read: Paint Colours and LRV: The Ultimate Guide You Need to Read.

Stairway that is opened up to see into the wine room that is under the stairs. Wood stairs and gray walls. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design, E-decor services

Now, there are lighter and brighter colours than the ones listed below, but I didn’t want to bore you to death with various versions of off-white (I’ll let this post do that). And I’m not going to lie and say that these colours will BLOW YOUR MIND with personality – they won’t. However, they might just be a happy medium between a colour with a high LRV (that might ultimately bore the heckadoody out of you) and colours that are just too intense and heavy to toss down a typical stairwell or hallway.

Light Fixtures and Hallways

Unless you have a row of pot lights, there shouldn’t be any fixtures in your hallway that hold only one bulb. ONE STINKIN’ BULB, what do you expect it to do – work miracles? Seriously, if you have only one fixture it should hold three – 60w bulbs. If you have two fixtures, they should each hold at least two – 60w bulbs (but the more the merrier as you can always reduce the wattage if you find it to be too much).

If you don’t have enough lighting, there is NO paint colour that will save you – don’t expect your paint to be a miracle worker.

One of the best ways to get adequate lighting is with a flush mount or semi-flush mount light fixture. There are more exciting lights (shown in the photo below) but for the sake of cost and availability, sometimes a simple flush-mount does the trick!

The Best Flush and Semi-Flush Mount Light Fixtures from Wayfair. Kylie M Interiors E-design, E-décor, online paint colour advice

To see some great flush and semi-flush mount options, check out this link HERE

You also shouldn’t have bulbs that take like five minutes to get to their full power (a fave of husbands worldwide). By the time the light actually starts working at full force, you’ll probably be on your 2nd glass of wine and on the other side of the house.

So, before you go spending money on paint, spend SMART money on lighting first.

Contrast in a Dark Hallway – Trim and Paint Colour

This is a trickier one. Some of you have white (or off-white trim), whereas others have wood trim – so this changes things slightly.

Why? Damn you for making me think beyond the reach of my wine glass…

If you have white trim in a dark hallway

White trim with a light paint colour is low contrast. This keeps things not only brighter but also bigger looking (wider). White trim with a medium or dark paint colour is high contrast, which can make a space look busier and smaller (but sometimes more interesting).

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray hallway with white trim and Chelsea Gray painted door. Kylie M Interiors Colour Consultant online - Copy

BM Stonington Gray in a moderately lit hallway

If you have dark or wood trim in a dark hallway

Medium or dark trim (wood or painted) with a light paint colour is HIGH contrast. Now your space WILL look brighter via the wall colour, however, the contrast between the trim and the walls can actually make it look more cluttered and small. So it’s not that your space will look darker, you just won’t get the full-bodied effect of white trim/light walls.

Best paint colours for dark hallway, stairwell with dark wood trim and stairs. Kylie M E-design

Could you paint your walls a light-medium tone to blend in a bit more with your dark trim? You could, as this would lower the contrast level, making things look more simple and seamless. However, it won’t make your hallway feel any ‘brighter’. BUT, if you can supplement with MORE than adequate lighting and decor (mirror) you can make up for a less than bright paint colour and perhaps find a happy medium.

If you want to know more about paint colours with wood trim, you may want to check out this blog post The Best Paint Colours for Dark Wood Trim

But for the rest of you, let’s move along!

The best pretty paint colours for a dark hallway or staircase. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paint advice

1. Benjamin Moore Collingwood OC-28

Collingwood is a beautiful light warm gray with a soft purple undertone.

E-design and online colour consultation by color expert and blogger Kylie M INteriors. Benjamin Moore Collingwood in a hallway with dark wood flooring and black metal railing

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood

As you can see at the end of the hallway above, things are looking a bit gloomy. However, with high output recessed lights, a lot of the shadows can be lifted.

Want to add a bit more warmth? Be careful, greige’s can get MIGHT dingy looking if you don’t have the right lighting. Remember, there IS no paint colour that will save your dark hallway unless you beef up the lighting a bit and then meet it halfway with a reasonably light and interesting paint colour.

2. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173

As far as greige goes, Edgecomb Gray is the ONLY one I’d be looking at, and even MORE so than the others on this page – you need adequate lighting.

Stairs with carpet herringbone treads and painted white risers, looks like a runner. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray on stairwell wall. Kylie M Interiors E-Design

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray entryway with white stair railing. Before Kylie M E-design, online color consultant

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

  • Edgecomb Gray has an LRV of 63, which is its saving grace as far as a dark hallway goes – any darker and I’d be out.

In my own home, with its dark hallway and entryway, I lightened Edgecomb Gray by 50% so that I got the greige ‘look’ without the LRV of 63…

Entryway with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray lightened wood cabinet, Ken Kirkby art. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color

But if you don’t like taking a risk with paint colours, you could try softening and warm things up a bit with…

3. Benjamin Moore Ballet White OC-9

Ballet White AND Sherwin Williams White Duck are two cream-greige blends that are great for a bit of subtle warmth…

Dark wood stair railing and trim with Ballet White walls and Coventry gray painted ceiling with book rail and moldings. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting, DIY decorating

Read more: Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Ballet White

  • Ballet White has an LRV of 73, putting it RIGHT on the edge of the off-white range
  • White Duck has an LRV of 74, so it’s a wee wink brighter

Now, if you want something creamier and brighter, do I have the COLOUR for YOU!

But first, I know you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $5.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

4. Sherwin Williams Creamy SW 7012

It’s no secret that gray and greige are the most popular paint colours these days, however, if you’re in the mood for something warmer, Creamy hits the spot!

Sherwin Williams Creamy in a north facing stairwell and a dark hallway with laminate wood flooring. Kylie M Interiors

This here is a pretty darned realistic shot of daytime living in our last home. You can see how Creamy was significantly lighter and brighter on the well-lit walls but didn’t fall too flat down the hallway (which had no lights on when this photo was taken).

Hallway update with wood look laminate flooring, Sherwin Williams Creamy and Benjamin Moore Gray feature wall or accent wall. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Creamy wasn’t EXCITING by any stretch of the imagination, but it was simple and bright and reflected the light that it was given quite nicely.

Family room with photo gallery wall, gray sectional. Sherwin Williams Creamy and Benjamin Gray feature wall. Hemnes bookcases and accent chair. Kylie M Interiors

And even though the hallway in our basement wasn’t the brightest, I chose Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10 for a wicked accent wall along the back, which added visual interest to what was otherwise, a kind of ho-hum space (it was also the accent colour you saw in the upper hallway).

  • Creamy has an LRV of 81, parking it nicely in the off-white range. The yellow warmth of it gives it interest

Want to add a bit more depth?  Check out…

The best paint colors for your room. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Home Decorating and diiy ideas blogger.market

5. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52

Gray Owl is a beautiful light gray paint colour with passive blue-green undertones. These undertones can pop up a bit more with northern exposure, but even then, they’re pretty subtle.

With my client Jen, we used Gray Owl throughout her main floor (open layout) as well as the darker hallway area and it turned out PERFECT. With a beautiful gallery wall to add some visual interest, the hallway looks much better than when it started!

Before: This home was too beautiful to have a hallway so dark and uninviting!

dark hallway before being painted and with an art gallery

After: With a fresh coat of paint and a gallery wall, it’s now family-friendly and inviting!

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl one of the best gray paint colours for a dark hallway or staircase by Kylie M Interiors. With photo gallery wall of kids and dark wood and metal stair railing

  • Gray Owl has an LRV of 65

Want to add a bit more depth or colour? Be careful, but check out…

  • BM Stonington Gray which is a light gray with a stormy blue undertone (below)
  • I also love the subtle, slightly more colourful appeal of BM Gray Cashmere, a gray/blue/green blend that leans a touch more blue

6. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170

Stonington Gray has a bit more meat on its bones, so you need some nice bright white trim to offset this bad boy!

Staircase with lights, carpet, wood flooring, white railings. Stonington Gray paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

  • Stonington Gray has an LRV of 59, putting it in the light range, but on the slightly heavier side of light

Want to know the best paint colour for YOUR hallway? 

Check out my affordable E-Decor Services and Online Color Consulting!

The best gray or grey paint colors for your room. Benjamin or Sherwin. Edesign, online paint colour services Kylie M Interiors. diy home decorating ideas blogger.market

Chat soon,

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  1. Love this post, Kylie. We moved here nearly a year ago and I was never a fan of our hall leading down to the bedrooms. It had dull 80’s fixtures and an 18 inch dark green embossed border going down the middle of the hall. Plus all the baseboards were brown! It looked like a dungeon. I pulled off the border, scraped the popcorn ceiling and repainted it and then painted the hall Manhatan Tan. We also replaced the light fixture and repainted the baseboards white. Just replacing the light fixtures made a huge difference. At least now I am happier with my hallway and it doesn’t feel like I’m walking down a tunnel anymore…lol. I love the Gray Owl and I think once I get going on the bedrooms I will consider that colour for my hall. Thanks for a great post…it made my day .
    Bert

  2. Hi Kylie,
    Did you get a chance to post about how to accessorize a hallway. I couldn’t seem to find it on your blog. I was curious as to the size of the frames and the spacing between frames in the benjamin owl painted hallway. Thank you!

  3. So I’m not convinced that these colors are a shade away from deathly boring but (Nicki Minaj size ) you made me laugh so much that I” going to collect these darn paint chips tomorrow and take a look 🙂

  4. Can you compare SW sea salt to BM cashmere gray. I am looking for a gray/green/blue paint color for bathroom with gray tile and white cabinets. Don’t want it to pulll too blue or too green but want it to be spa-like.

    1. OH! You’ll find a pretty big difference between the 2 and from the sounds of it Sea Salt might be a bit too much for you. Gray Cashmere is a nice spa inspired bet, but it CAN go either way…(I find it usually goes blue if anything) but it STILL is a soft and subtle colour, whereas Sea Salt can be a bit more powerful in comparison.
      ~Kylie

      1. My question is, I have granite counter tops in my master bath Kind of looks like emerald pearl, but the green isn’t real prominent, *you kind of have to look for the green* It is dark with specks of green. I don’t want to pull too much green, but I don’t want to clash. Do you think the Gray Cashmere would work? I also have stained cabinets, but considering painting them white. I was also considering Sea Salt as this is what I have in my current bathroom. But I have white cabinets and white quartz counter tops.
        We are buying a (new to us) house.

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          Hi Kymber, without seeing the room it ‘sounds’ like you’re on the right track – no red flags jumping up at me. Both colours CAN lean a bit blue, so just make sure you sample them to see that they hold their green for you 🙂

  5. Would love to know the trim color used in the gray owl hallway. Just did my house in it and can’t decide what trim color to pair it with.

  6. Which gray owl is the one you used? Oc-52 or 2137-60 ?
    I tried the OC-52 in my house just as test area. It doesn’t look anything like this pic . The pic looks brighter

    1. Hi Aleyfiyah! They are actually the same Gray Owl, they are just numbered differently as they are in 2 different fan decks – just to make our lives interesting! And yes, what you see online vs how it looks in your home can be quite different depending on your lighting/exposure/etc… so that’s not surprising!
      ~Kylie

      1. Hiya
        Just wondered what you thought of farrow and ball elephant breath for a dark hallway…I like the idea of a gray with a hint of the purple, but does that work?

  7. Just moved a month ago. Having the hardest time deciding on a living room colour. The colour I pick will continue down our hall. I am loving this Grey Owl. My question is will it be ok with Sea Salt? That is what our high foyer is painted- a great lighted area, that the living room is next to. Thx so much!

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  8. I just started reading your blog posts. Wonderful and so informative!!!,
    Catching up on past blogs also. Can you do a blog on east and west facing paint colors? I have read several on north and south facing,
    That said, I just painted a master bath BM Brittany Blue with white dove trim, ceiling, and cabinets with a cream/white tile floor. Now the room comes off as modern, no personality and very bright overall(need sunglasses), whereas traditional off white with pops of medium LRV color is my style. What did I do wrong and how to correct it? You Walk through an east facingMaster BR ( needs new color also) to go into this bath.
    Thank you for teaching us with your gingerly humor and knowledge.

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      Hi Robin! I’ve actually written blog posts on BOTH of those things – hooray!
      Here’s the West facing one… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/the-best-paint-colours-for-west-facing-rooms/
      And here’s the East facing one… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/the-best-paint-colours-for-east-facing-rooms/

      As for your bathroom, seems silly, but can you lower the wattage of your light bulbs? This can actually help A LOT to soften a space. You can also play around with the temperature of them. A lot of times bathroom bulbs are cool or daylight – maybe ‘warm’ bulbs will help?

  9. I came here from Pinterest for the lovely carpeted stair treads and then was delighted to find the wall color was Edgecomb Gray, which we’ve used as the color in our main living spaces as well. Could you tell me what the carpet is? And was the carpet applied before or after installing the treads? It looks like the perfect compromise in the carpet vs runner debate for a contemporary space.

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      Hi Carla! Unfortunately it was a couple of years ago and I don’t have the info on file anymore! The carpet was installed after the treads were screwed down…

  10. Kylie, I am so grateful for your posts! I have learned so much from LVR, colour undertones, to effects of lighting in north vs. south facing rooms. After reading this post earlier this year, we chose Grey Owl (at 50%) for our upstairs hallway which has limited natural light. It looks great! Now the issue is connecting Grey Owl hallway upstairs with the hallway downstairs which is Edgecoomb Grey. The two colours together aren’t working for me and so its time for a change. Should I continue with Grey Owl, either at full strength or less, for the foyer and hall downstairs (need it to pair up with Museum Piece and Overcoat in other rooms)?

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      Hi Teresa, thank you for your note! When it comes to personal questions, I do need to refer to my E-design so that I can look at photos and your questionnaire, otherwise I’m just guessing! It’s affordable and fun if you’d like to check it out! I do try to give as much good info as I can on my blog and if that doesn’t work, it might be time for a closer look! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  11. Hi Kylie. We have a short, narrow hallway with 6 doors (3 closet, 2 bedroom & 1 bath). The hallway is painted Colonnade Gray. I was wondering if the doors to the bedrooms & bathroom should be painted to match the wall color of the rooms, or the hallway. Thank you!

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  12. Thanks for all the helpful posts on paint colours! Do you think an edgecomb gray stairwell (lightened 25%) would match with a dove wing living room?

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  13. Kylie, I love this blog! Actually managed to get my husband to read it with me (does that count as quality time?!). Don’t worry…I’m not going to ask about colours for a house you can’t see or feel…my husband is asking though if it is acceptable ever to paint both portions of a wall (above and below a dado rail) the same colour leaving the dado white… We are talking light shades like Gray Owl…and just hypothetical!
    Thanks Kylie
    Abi

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      Hi Abi, bless your heart – you even got the hubs to read it – hooray! And yes, absolutely. In fact, that is the more modern approach, painting both colours above and below the chair rail. It’s a bit more of a traditional or sometimes a country look to do 2 different colours. So loooong story short (as usual) YES!
      ~Kylie

  14. I have a quick question. In he past I have used Magnetic Gray on a flip house. It was large and looked lovely. We recently bought a rental home that is smaller and I am afraid the magnetic gray might but too dark. I love the color but I am looking for a lighter tone of it, I think sea salt is too green. gray owl is nice but looks very crisp. think the magnetic gray is a muddier color. Doe that make sense. can you guide me to a lighter color.
    thanks for your input.

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      Oh Jennifer, you HAVE to look at SW Silver Strand, it literally IS like the lighter version of Magnetic Gray and might just hit it right on the money! And your instincts are right, Magnetic would likely have been a bit much!

      ~Kylie

  15. Thanks for your post! We are painting our great room because right now it feels dark and lifeless. We have medium wood floors and cabinets and I love all things gray. Should I pick a griege? I’m worried the brown wood will turn the griege more brown and I will hate it. That room doesn’t have a lot of natural light, so would mindful gray be too dark? I want to lighten it up but also have a color that doesn’t show up as white during daylight.

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      Hi Rachael! Well depending on the greige you pick you might just find that your brown wood makes the greige look more gray IN COMPARISON – which is possibly a good thing for you! Off the top of my head i DO like Mindful Gray, it depends on so many things as to whether it could work for you. If it’s darker, I lean toward saying it might be a bit TOO dark. If you want me to take a look at your home, I do have a fun E-design service and it’s affordable! This way I’m not just guessing at things 😉 https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  16. HI Kylie,
    In my current home I have Revere Pewter. I am moving into a new build home and want to go with a gray color for Great Room, Nook, Kitchen Foyer and dining..all open. I feel like the Revere Pewter tends to look brown at times. I don’t like that. Do you have the perfect gray color you can suggest that is not too dark, But a lovely romantic gray? We start painting this Friday! Help. Cheers, Krista

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      Hi Krista, I wonder if you might like SW Repose Gray? I find that lightening it by 25% tends to hit a pretty good happy place 🙂

  17. Hi Kylie,
    I am so thankful for your website and the reams of education you provide those of us that have no idea about colours! Adding some science in your LRV analysis of colour also makes way more sense to those of us who are more on the “science-right brain” side 😉
    Would you suggest a comparable BM version of the SW Creamy you mentioned in your “Dark Hallway” blog? And would you give a thumbs up or down to replicating the Creamy hallway with a Gray accent wall if the room the hallway leads into (and you can see into) is BM Van Deusen Blue? I like the idea of a hallway accent wall but am not really interested in a patchwork look as you walk down the hallway.
    Leslie
    PS loved the post about the glass beach in Sidney. I was there “hunting” with my daughter just a few weeks back. My parents have a home there. I am sooooo recommending they check you out as they are wanting to update their house.

  18. Ive used Farrow & Ball in a “Dark & Narrow ” Hallway with no natural lighting and it was lovely with halogen lighting. This color changes hues dramatically depending on the light. Love the F&B line. Pigments are so much richer than most paint. Benjamin Moore has come out with a new line called Century which has a soft touch mat finish and rich velvety colors. Just used it for a powder room and it is stunning!
    KYLIE, REALLY ENJOY YOUR SITE HERE!

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      Thank you, Michele! I haven’t had much experience with F&B unfortunately, but I have chatted with BM about their century paint – expensive but WHAT a magical finish!

      ~Kylie

  19. I want to transition my main floor from tans/browns to greys. I think Owl Grey might be the color to start and put everywhere, but I’m worried how it will work with my Natural Red Oak floors, we have white trim with it. Will this color work? We are also a North facing house that tends towards dark.
    Thanks, Kristie.

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      Hi Kristie, thank you for your note! When it comes to personal questions for such a large area, it’s better to go through my E-design, so that i can take a look at photos, furniture, countertops, fireplace, etc…as when you’d dealing with a main floor, there is a lot to consider. It also depends on how much northern light you have/how big the windows are/foliage. If that interests you, it’s afforable and fun! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/product-category/interior-paint-palettes/
      ~Kylie

  20. Hi Kylie,
    What wonderful advice and suggestions for brightening dark spaces! This is very timely for me, because we have several areas of our home undergoing restoration due to flooding from frozen and burst pipes! I’m frequently perplexed when choosing the correct white for trim. What white would you suggest for using with BM Revere Pewter, SW Creamy and SW Kilim Beige? Those are currently on my walls and my trim is in desperate need of refreshing. These could possibly be my go-to colors for the rooms needing restoration, so I’d love to have some guidance on trim paint. Thank you so much!!
    Carolyn

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      Hi Carolyn, I’m glad you found it helpful! Check out SW White Dove – this could be a white that could hit on the needs of each colour, without alienating them -it’s one of my fave whites!

  21. Hi Kylie,
    Just finished a bathroom with small window , north facing, little natural light but lots of new fixtures. We have dark grey charcoal wood look tiles and marble look tiles in shower and vanity. The BM Grey Owl is perfect when there is a brief period of natural light but the rest of the time looking way too green. Had a bunch of colors on the walland Gray Owl seemed right but it’s not. Love it all but the color. Your tips are the best and I have learned a lot! Maybe a grey that pulls more blue then green?

  22. I have used Edgecomb Grey with Oxford White trim in our bedroom and love the colour. makes the room look so bright and cheerful even on the darkest day!!
    Have Stone Hearth through the rest of our open concept home.
    Ashley Grey in guest bedroom.
    Use blackout curtains for windows.

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  23. Hi Kylie,
    Great post 🙂 We’ve been looking for ways on how to brighten our dark hallways, your post has just been very helpful. Hopefully, paint and light fixtures would work. Paint? Our top pick is the Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂
    Cheers,
    Jessica

  24. Hi Kylie,
    Love all of your info on brightening a dark space. Thinking about painting much of our home SW Creamy but not sure on trim color. I know you used BM White Dove but my painter only uses SW. Is there a SW match to White Dove or something close that would work?? Love reading your blog. Thanks for your help!

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      Thank you Melissa! Try SW Alabaster. It’s got a wink more depth than White Dove, but equally as pretty. And if they add 4 ounces of white to the gallon, it will clean it up just a stitch AND improve the coverage too 🙂

  25. Hey! I’m just wondering what the name and make of the flooring is and where you got it for the room you painted with the edgecombe paint colour. We recently moved into a house and I believe we have the same flooring and I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

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      Hi Jessica, unfortunately it was several years ago now! I know it was from a local supplier (Nanaimo) called Motion Carpets, but that won’t be any help to you!

  26. Hi Kylie,

    Love your style! Can you tell me where you purchased the herringbone carpet used to cover the stair treads? Looks great with the white risers and Edgecomb Gray wall. Thanks!

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      Hi Pam, that was at a local store called Wingren Carpets – it was a few years ago though so I’m not sure if they carry it anymore!

  27. Hi Kylie
    I am thinking of using grey owl paint throughout my main floor kitchen ,dining room and family room it’s all open concept my floor is a medium gray throughout, is that too much gray ? also what shade of white would you suggest to use for the trim from the Benjamin Moore fan deck .
    Thanks so much !!!

  28. What type of paint finish would you recommend using, egg shell, semi gloss or flat for a dimly lit hallway? I’m going to try using the Edgecomb Gray in my hallway and stairway but not sure of the shine factor.

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      I find that eggshell can be a nice happy medium, reflecting a bit of light, without being too glossy – which can be an awkward look when light does hit it!

  29. Can you tell me the type of flooring you have throughout your house. Can you tell me manufacturer or name. I’d love to have that in my house.

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  30. What an interesting website. I love it! I’m painting my whole house and having so much fun playing with colors. I’m going out today for more samples. Yay! Thank goodness I live less than 10 minutes from Ace Hardware. My house is less than 2 years old, but I am killing the dreadful contractor’s colors and ghastly paint job they did. (Not smooth! Paint left in the toilets, carpets, etc.) I’m hoping a light gray (like gray owl) will pick up a bit of a blue tone in my bedroom. My new current buff-tone paint picks up some pink and orange tones at night. Angels of mercy defend us! 😮 It’s so wonderfully neutral in the day. (Excuse me while I dry my tears and move on…) I’ve chosen White Dove for my trim, thanks to you. Way beautiful! I have a crazy question for you. Do I need to be using soft white light bulbs or something else to enhance my colors? Just curious. Thought I’d ask before I cause a tsunami of color disasters. If I have another disappointment, I will have to purchase your professional assistance. Thanks for your wonderful website and knowledge-sharing.

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      1. I love creamy! It’s the perfect color for me. Can you share the trim and ceiling paint color? Also, I’ve recently started loving the darker muddy trim and white wall look. Do you have a contrasting color that you think would pair well with creamy?

  31. I love creamy! It’s the perfect color for me. Can you share the trim and ceiling paint color? Also, I’ve recently started loving the darker muddy trim and white wall look. Do you have a contrasting color that you think would pair well with creamy?

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