Hi guys! I’m Meg, and I blog over at Green With Decor. I’m excited to join the Homeyou team!

I love home renovating and decorating and, of course, the color green! Green is my favorite way to add a pop of color to a room. My husband and I have renovated two houses, and I love sharing renovating and decorating tips we’ve picked up along the way.

Renovating is fun because you get to pick everything out from the paint colors to the flooring. But it can be a bit crazy! There are so many decisions to make, and it usually ends up taking longer than expected. But it’s all worth it in the end when you have a home you love!  

Picking paint colors can seem like one of those overwhelming decisions, especially if you’re picking colors for the whole house at once. But it doesn’t have to be!

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After going through two house renovations, here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way:

1. Pay attention to trends, but pick colors you love

There is always going to be a neutral color that’s ‘in’ at the moment – most likely white, tan or gray.

Gray has been ‘in’ for a while now, but I love tan walls. I’ve always thought tan walls were warm and cozy.

So I went with tan throughout most of our house, and I haven’t regretted it.

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You’re the one who lives in your house, so while trends are good to take a look at, ultimately, you should pick a paint color that you’re going to be happy with.

2. Take note of rooms that open up to each other

In a time when it seems like open concepts are everywhere, this is more important than ever.

If your living areas are all one room, you’ll probably want to stick with one paint color throughout this big area.

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Our first floor has defined rooms, but the openings from one room to another are pretty big, so we couldn’t pick clashing colors. If you have a similar situation, you can go with colors that complement each other or – do what we did – and paint all the rooms the same color.

3. Add some pops of color

As long as these pops of color match your overall color palette, that is.

To add some color to our house full of mostly tan walls, I went with a light green (big surprise, right?) in both of our bathrooms and one of our bedrooms.

The green we chose goes well with the tan color we used in the hallways right outside both of the bathrooms while still adding a fun pop of color to some walls in the house.

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4. Pick a paint color for your doors and trim before you paint the walls

As long as you’re making sure your wall colors flow together nicely, do the same for your doors and trim.

We went with a neutral white that ties in well with both the tan and the green walls, plus the white color really brightens up the whole house.

5. Check what the samples look like in different lighting

Get samples of the colors you like and test them out.

Take a look at the paint samples in different lighting: natural light, at night and with lamp light on in your house. Be sure you like how the paint samples look in each of these different settings.

This article was written by Meg Hemmelgarn, the home decor blogger behind Green With Decor. Meg loves renovating and decorating, white woodwork, throw pillows and, of course, the color green. She believes everyone can make their home into a space they love, even on a budget, by getting creative in how you use a space, shopping around and tackling some DIY projects. Find Meg on FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterest and Google+

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