Gray Painted Island

Is your kitchen white, bland and boring? Updating hardware can help and give it an instant facelift, but so can painting out your kitchen island in a gray tone. You probably notice it happening a lot in kitchen design these days, because it really does add a lot of style to a kitchen.Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 3.39.37 AMTry CSP-45 Street Chic by Benjamin Moore

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The Victorian also has a gray island in the kitchen, that contrast with the stark white wall cabinets. The gray exterior paint, and the island paint are the same color: C2's  Titanium, but with different percentages.

AF-715 Dolphin

fafcc1940a33b4351afe99e51e69ed04By now we all know that gray is the new black of home decor. It’s neutral, still warm without any yellow or orange undertones and is extremely calming. This warm gray AF-715 Dolphin is from Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Colour Collection and it is a classic.


This bathroom is stunning and the wall tile is the jumping off point, its where the wall colour came from and ties in the creamy counter tops.


These barn doors have been painted out in AF-715 Dolphin, so much warmer than the traditional white doors.


We love how the lower cabinets and island in this open concept kitchen have been painted out in AF-715 Dolphin. Looks great with the white walls and warm hardwood floors.

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691705bdb107e5e102ae124910e71a2fThis home has been transformed by this classic gray AF-715 Dolphin and fresh white trim/garage doors. A house suitable of the Hamptons, in Ontario.

The Best Colour Combinations

w620_h480The quickest fix of all is a can of paint. Scared to mix and match on your own? We’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorite color.

w1000_h1000GRAY, BLACK, &  BLUE
A pair of deep hues combined with bright-blue accents, creates a dreamy, restful retreat.

Paint color (wall): “Rushing river” by Benjamin Moore
Paint color (radiator): “Nightfall” by Benjamin Moore

w1000_h1000-1PINK, RASPBERRY & GREEN 
Placing a dark room between two gelato-light ones mitigates the overall intensity and creates an unexpected and enchanting box-within-a-box effect.

Paint color (living room): “Zephyr” by Behr
Paint color (study): “Delicious berry” by Behr
Paint color (bedroom): “Pear” by Behr

w1000_h1000-2GRAY, CREAM & TAUPE

More intriguing than white, less scary than all-out color, this trio of grown-up neutrals gives an entryway a layered, slightly Swedish sophistication.

Paint color (gray wall): “Blackened estate emulsion” by Farrow & Ball 
Paint color (cream trim and baseboard): “Pointing oil eggshell” Farrow & Ball
Paint color (taupe paneling): “Shaded White oil eggshell” by Farrow & Ball



It’s slightly more labor-intensive than popping open a can of latex, but lime wash (a pure concoction with no harmful VOCs) yields a gorgeous, sun-kissed stucco look that’s been prized for centuries. It’s eco-friendly too!

Paint color (wall): “Fleur (custom color) interno lime wash” by Sydney Harbour Paint Co.
Paint color (baseboard): “Sableux (custom color) interno lime wash” by Sydney Harbour Paint Co.
Paint color (floor): “Delicate white” by Olympic

See more entryway paint ideas

Click here to see the rest of the colour combinations.

Light Gray Flooring

With Benjamin Moore’s OC-117 Simple White as Benjamin Moore’s colour of 2016, it’s no surprise that it looks so good with light gray flooring.

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This sample from Floortrends really is a new type of look for the future of design, more casual, with an oil rubbed finish. No stain and re-finish required, just a coal of oil and this floor can withstand heavy traffic.  Going lighter and with a matte finish, allows you to hide anything.

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Below are a few examples pairing white and light gray, we will be seeing a whole lot more of this look in the next few years. Dark flooring has been trendy for years, but they show every scrath or piece of dog/cat fur or dust.

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Preverco Zebra Preverco’s wirescraped zebra finish offers a nice contrast of light and dark graining. Credit Preverco