Photo: Chris Snook © 2014 Houzz
Like the stairs painted, space under stairs used and colored trim
Hallway idea. Keeps it dark where there'll be scratches but All White above dado makes it light.
Different colour paint and doors added to kitchen
Why not try limiting that dark hue to the bottom half of your wall? Paint wood panelling or simply paint up to dado rail height, including skirting boards and door frames, and choose a light shade above.