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Hi there! My house is an extreme open floor plan. From the moment you come in the door the entry way (2 story) is open to the study (to the left) the living room (straight ahead) and the stairwell (to the right). And the living room (2 story) is very open to the kitchen. My problem is I want to paint my living room, entry, stairwell and upstairs open areas. Currently they are builder white (yuk). My kitchen is a very nice medium taupe with sage green valances (white cabinets & countertops) and the study is sage green. The problem is trying to come up with a color that is not too boring for this one big contiguous area. I would like to do a lighter shade of taupe and maybe an accent wall (in the living room) of burgundy. My couches are taupe leather with burgundy throw pillows and there is an area rug of black, taupe and burgundy. The carpet is light beige. My husband thinks the whole house will look tan plus I worry about how the color will look next to the taupe of the kitchen. Also, with the living room having a 20 foot ceiling, there will be a lot of that color. I could possibly re-paint the kitchen but I have no clue what color. Any ideas would be great appreciated.

The greens, the burgandy and the taupe will all work well together.  While I don't know what color taupe you have in the kitchen, check out my favorite Glidden Toasty Grey (Taupe) and consider that for the common areas.  I love the thought of the accent wall in burgandy.  You could even lean a bit toward the purple side for an accent wall.  

Repeating color throughout the home is a great way to tie it all together.  Using your three color combination, you should have a beautiful home.  


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