So nice to speak with you about your new home and improvements. You told me you like a modern look, and favor grays, and I believe you were not liking the warm undertone of the Revere Pewter or the blue or green undertones of Gray Owl and the Silvery color you tried.
The paint is that there are nearly always undertones that are not always visible on a computer screen or in a tiny swatch. It will react with light, ceiling height and room size. I like to paint the samples on a white poster board with a good 2-3 inch border of white around it - so that it isn't influenced by the current wall color. Bear in mind that paint will look different when all walls are painted as it will reflect and bounce light differently.
Here are some recommendations for you to consider:
In the ENTRY / STAIRCASE area, the color would change depending upon if you keep the dark wood (Restained and polished) or elect to paint the woodwork. You favor keeping the wood, but I promised to show you both so that you could visualize both of the looks.
SEA SALT OR MUSEUM PIECE
USE THE LIGHTER COLOR - SEA SALT IF YOU ELECT TO PAINT
USE THE DARKER COLOR MUSEUM PIECE IF YOU KEEP THE DARK WOOD
Whether you decide to paint staircase area or not,
I would definitely paint the other woodwork in the house.
Especially in the hallway and around the doors -
Dark finishes tend to dissect the space, when what we want is to create a feeling
of spaciousness and flow
This was my inspiration photo for this room. The victorian and modern combined. White woodwork, deep modern wall color. When you purchase furniture for your living room, use this photo to help you select a nice low modular style to enhance the contrasts.
CHELSEA GRAY (Benjamin Moore)
This room is going to shine with medium gray walls and white wainscoat
Expanding by removing a wall.
New floor (vinyl)
I found some vinyl flooring applications that look more high end and modern
I thought you might like. They will add a graphic design pop to your kitchen.
All are done with vinyl tiles in 3 colors
great way to add design without a lot of expense.
color used on the wall may be determined by the color you use on the floor -
BM MUSEUM PIECE
I also like the idea of grounding the kitchen more by adding color to the bottom cabinets, using Chelsea Gray or Kendall Charcoal.
GIRLS BEDROOM #1
Let me know if your daughter has a different favorite color...
I used pink, but this room can go any color...
BM Sea Salt
If you want to add an accent wall color, I chose two soft pinks...
BM Heather Pink
BM Pink Orchid
GIRLS BEDROOM #2
May keep carpet.
wall color and pink inspiration
I tried to find a pink that would go well with the carpet if you decide to keep it, but I can't rely on the photos and computer screen, so you will need to let me know if it is close enough.
BM TOFINO SUNSET
BOYS BEDROOM #3
Recommend: Gray with Deep Blue and Apple Green Accents
BM VINTAGE PEWTER
BM NEWBURYPORT BLUE
Loved these - couldn't resist showing you...
Good light in this room - so you can go dark if you want to!
You decide.... dark and dramatic...
BM KENDALL CHARCOAL
BM STREET CHIC
or soft and serene...
BM CAPE MAY COBBLESTONE
BM VINTAGE PEWTER
BM PIKES PEAK GRAY
BM CHELSEA GRAY
Hope these help and get you started. Call me anytime and definitely let me know if we need to look further - or if you have any questions!
I recommend flat or eggshell finishes on walls and ceilings. Semi gloss on woodwork.
White Dove is the recommended white for trim - especially with grays.