Recently a client called me to help choose colors for a house she just moved into. She hated what was there and needed help.
It was a fairly new large modern center hall house. We decided to begin with the kitchen. She was not going to do major renovations for a while. The entrance hall tiles that continued throughout the kitchen were black and white marble. The cabinets and countertops were pure white. The walls had been painted a mauve pink that was awful. (I have included before and after pictures so that the dramatic change is clearly visible.)
The space was big and open with a large eating area off the kitchen. This space could easily accommodate two colors and we chose two shades of grey. The darker shade is Benjamin Moore 1607 Englewood Cliffs. We used that in the kitchen. There was not that much wall space there because the cabinetry took up most of it. The high contrast between the white cabinets and the dark walls gives the room a sophisticated crisp look.
The entrance is a double height space that is open to the second story. We painted one small second floor wall that is directly opposite the entrance this same dark grey. Here it is used as an accent and ties the two spaces together.
The adjoining eating area was painted with Benjamin Moore HC169 Coventry Grey a warm medium tone. The two colors work beautifully together and bring harmony and unity to these large spaces.