Color Help for Awkward Entryway?

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Q: We are very excited to renovate and decorate what we hope will be our new home, but I'm having some difficulty with the entryway (which I can't send photos of since it's not yet our house, but I did send some diagrams!). The front door opens to a foyer with stairs going up the left wall and a hallway to the right (the floors are a warmish oak). We want to paint the entryway a bluish green (like BM's "Bermuda Blue") and the second level gray (haven't chosen one yet) but the left stairwell wall continues into the dining room, which is what you see when you get to the top of the stairs. Would it be awkward to paint the right entry wall (and the bit of wall space the door occupies) bluish green but make the left wall the same gray we choose for the second level in order to continue it into the dining room?
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Furthermore, would a bluish green color look good with gray? We want a bold color to make a statement in the entry and wallpaper isn't in our budget. I love all sorts of colors but I'm wary of making the warm oak floors even warmer, which is why I chose cooler colors.

I haven't found any examples of this on AT so I don't have a good idea of whether this will look good or just disjointed. I appreciate any suggestions you and the readers have for us.

Sent by Diane

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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