We went with a somewhat light color in the foyer, but still noticeably darker than the original white-on-white blandness. To the left of this staircase, the formal living and dining rooms are painted a medium shade of tan. This light "putty" color is the right middle ground to handle the flow from the living room into the kitchen and family room.
Description: San Francisco, California. It never rains? Maybe, but it sure is foggy.