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I suspect the answer is "it doesn't matter" but I'd like to ask anyway in case there is a rule of thumb I'm not aware of.

We are going to be painting the interior of our house. Right now all walls are white.

We have a great room which is basically living room and dining room. It is pretty open into the kitchen so I plan to paint the great room and the kitchen the same color. There is a front hallway that connects to both the great room on one end, and the kitchen on the other end. It also goes up a flight of stairs and my plan is to paint the down and up hallways and the stairs one color.

Where I'm having the conundrum is with the opening from the living room and kitchen into the hallway. There aren't doors or trim there, so the opening is just white wall right now.

When I paint, is there a rule of thumb to decide which color to paint that opening? Should it match the room you'd be in more of the time, or should it match the hallway as a bit of a contrast?

If it matters, the great room/kitchen will be a buttery yellow and the hallway will be a beige.

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