How to Decorate Your Home: A Guide to New Couples Moving in Together
How to Decorate Your Home:
A Guide to New Couples Moving in Together
Decorating a shared space can be stressful, challenging, and, at times, expensive. It’s a balancing act between different styles and ideas, and it often requires entirely new décor. Thankfully, with patience and discussion, you can make a unified and happy home together.
Be Cohesive, but Remember to Compromise
You like simple, and they like ornate. Sometimes, roadblocks can happen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a cohesive home with some compromise. After all, cohesion can be a blend of two distinct styles achieving harmony together. If you’re struggling to find common ground, begin with large items in a room, such as the bed or sofa in the den. Once you have an established focal point, you should have a feel of the space, and you can use that as a springboard to expand. Don’t think you have to buy new pieces, as there are plenty of charities and organizations that sell used or discounted furniture. Yes, it may need some modification or cleaning, but it saves a substantial amount in the long run.
Don’t Overlook Boundaries
Some compromises cannot happen, and no one should feel guilty about that. You may adore cheetah print, but your partner might hate it. Don’t try and force them to live with stuff they hate, and don’t tolerate the same. Instead, refocus your energies on other things you love that they can stand, and vice versa. For instance, there may be other patterns that you could add as accents to brighten a room without driving your loved one up the very walls you’re decorating. The boundaries you make may be physical, too, and that’s okay. For instance, if one of you works from home, it’s important to make a workspace that is effective for them specifically.
One Closet for Two
One of the more difficult aspects of sharing a home is doubling the content going into one’s storage spaces. Yes, organizing your closet, for example, can become trickier when there are more belongings, but it’s more important than ever to stay on top of things. You can save on money and valuable space by creating your own closet organizers, or by being creative and draping ties and sunglasses on the inside of the closet door. Double the storage capacity by hanging another rod above or belong the preexisting one. As well, look through your clothes and pair down your wardrobe by donating outfits that haven’t been worn in over a year. Should you have seasonal items you don’t use frequently but don’t want to be without, add overhead shelving to store them away without taking up space.
Balancing Color Schemes
While not every room has to be the same color, there should be a flow to keep things harmonious. Neutrals are always a good option, as they allow plenty of freedom when it comes to accents, but they are your only choice. When being bold, a good way to tie hues together without overwhelming the senses is by using complementary colors. Painting the walls is a fun and exciting way to liven up your décor without breaking the bank with expensive accent pieces.
Texture and Shape
Nothing in your property should seem tired or bland. This doesn’t preclude neutrals or classic pieces, but that does mean you should try to add texture where you can throughout the house. It might be as simple as blending a curved piece of furniture with the straight lines of a fireplace or adding a unique set of throw pillows to your more traditional sofa. This is an easy strategy to add dimension, charm, and sophistication in a way that can be changed or updated as you decide what works best in this home you’re building together.
Don’t let decorating your new shared space be a source of tension. It doesn’t need to be expensive, and it shouldn’t cause stress. This process should be fun, and while you may not get everything you want, at the end of the day, your home and your partner should bring joy.
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Guest Article written by: Natalie Jones