Coventry Gray With Stained Trim

December 2, 2013


I did a story a few weeks ago about one of my new favorite colors, Benjamin Moore’s Coventry Gray here.  To add to the story, yesterday I received a few photos from a homeowner who I helped select colors for her foyer:


There is a lot of beautiful, handcrafted trim and doors in the room that we wanted to work with. I usually suggest a medium to darker color to work with stained trim but since it is the entry, and we are going to be using darker colors in the rooms off of it, I thought a lighter to medium color would be worth taking a look at.


One of my color suggestions was to try Coventry Gray. We narrowed the paint colors down to a few selections that she sampled:



And the Coventry Gray won:


I think it looks beautiful, updated and fresh. And now we have more color options for the rooms off of the foyer.

We are now looking at Evening Dove 2128-30 or Hale Navy HC-154 for the kitchen to work with her oak cabinets. Beautiful! I will keep you updated.

If you need help selecting the right color for your home, contact me today.


  1. I have an East facing kitchen and family room with honey oak cabinets and trim. Our home was a model home back when it was built, so they had lots of extra trim, so my husband is not open to painting it at all. (although I’m trying to convince him to compromise and paint the trim. The family room also has the honey oak bookcases on either side of the brick fireplace (reds & grays), the mantle and the (for lack of a better word) checkerboard honey oak beams. I am hoping to have a slight bit of blue show on the walls. It’s the yellow in the oak that I cannot stand and am hoping to lessen. The floor in the kitchen is fake oak looking wood, although, more yellow than the cabinets. The counters and backsplash are white and we have mostly stainless steel appliances.
    I am considering Coventry Gray for the walls for them both. Do you think it will be too dark?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Linz, I think you have the right idea. You said that you want to bring in more blue on the walls. That is a great idea. But instead of looking at Coventry Gray, which I think would look to LIGHT, why don’t you take a look at a medium to dark blue? Darker wall colors take away the look of just the trim in the room. Hope this helps!

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