Ask a Decorator: Color Continuity

Reader Juli asked Decorating Den:

My entrance hallway, LR and dining area are all one open space in my NY apartment. The colors are burgundy, pale green, black and yellow with an Aubusson rug in the LR. I would like to paint all three areas and make it a bit more modern. (Right now it’s Ralph Lauren with a mix of French).

1-should all three areas be one color?
2-can I use a grey with the above colors?

Paint Color Consultant Susan Newcomer from CertaPro Painters of Bala Cynwyd offered this advice:

Absolutely, without a doubt, I would make all three areas the same color. Not only will it enhance the ‘open space’ concept idea but it will also allow your nice pieces in the room (ie. Aubusson) to take center stage. And I love gray! It is neutral and will look fantastic with all your existing colors.  Try one of these shades from Sherwin Williams:

I also love using a really dark gray somewhere if you have the right place for it, like:

Good luck with your project!
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