Your dream as a couple has come true, you and your significant other have made the decision to move together. This means that from now on you will wake up in the same bed every morning, prepare the dinner every night, and of course you will do the grocery shopping together; it sounds like an exciting time ahead for you as a couple that has started a new life, doesn’t it? However, when it comes the time to decorate your home, combining your tastes can be a challenging task but hey! Don’t worry, keep calm and focus on finding the best ways to integrate your styles in each space of your property. To provide you with some suggestions that might help you create an environment that is cohesive, I have complied some common decor mistakes that many couples make, but that you can avoid so there is nothing that can possibly cause trouble in paradise (possible solutions are included)
Ignoring the importance of talking about the sofa
As oddly specific as may sound, besides your bedroom your living room’s sofa is probably where you and your significant other spend much of your time. This is an important talk you as a couple should have and agree upon mutually. A good piece of advice will be starting fresh with your home decor; this is way you avoid two issues: the first one is bringing your own sofas into the shared space, and the second one is buying a sofa that you like and then expect your partner to also like it. In addition, when you and your soulmate have finally found the sofa that best suits your taste and needs, you can decide in which area of your living room you are happy to place such important piece of furniture in your home.
Displaying boring decorating items like artwork, or furniture pieces
Another big mistake couples make when moving together and designing their home’s decor is that they think everything needs to match or that their home should follow the same aesthetic pattern. This leads them to choose boring landscape artwork or pieces of furniture that do not reflect their personal tastes. Instead of this, you and your significant other should strive for home decor that brings a sense of excitement not only to your property, but also to the relationship. It is super powerful uniting when the artwork you have opted for your home is loved by both. And to incorporate more enthusiasm in each room of your home, give mix up- style a try, for instance use furniture pieces from different design periods, fabrics from different pattern and color, try everything that is meaningful to you both, remember that it is about creating your own story as a couple.
Neglecting your own personal space
Perhaps you have heard it before: in order to have a healthy relationship, preserving alone time and space for each other is required. Based on this, it will be essential for you as a couple that is moving together to set up spaces in your home that allow you both to have your own personal area; a cozy reading nook for yourself, or a study/office that is your partner’s complete domain. These are small yet relationship- saving strategies that can help preserving your sense of individuality while living with your spouse.
Allowing one person’s interests prevail all over the house
There is nothing wrong with the idea of celebrate or appreciate your significant other’s hobbies and passions, however you are essentially living in each other’s spaces and thus you will need to find a balance that suitably combines both partner’s passions and tastes. You may want to start by finding something you love, for instance a shade of color you both like or the outdoors, and then including it into the room in small details. To my mind, you do not need to have a tough time in the search for a happy medium that is not overly masculine, nor feminine; I encourage you to think about that last trip you went on, pick the style you really loved from that travelling experience and find the way to integrate it in such way that you both end up loving the results in your home’s decor.
Not consulting each party before a home item purchase
This is certainly one of the capital rule of decorating, you should not purchase anything without consulting your soulmate. There will be moments when you find a gorgeous piece of furniture, artwork or lamp on your local home store; but it will a necessary for you to wait until your partner can go with you to check those amazing items you have seen. You have to evaluate if that decor item in the home store meets the style and functionality request your home needs, and in case you haven’t created a list with these two features, do it! Because they are very helpful at making you both focus on items you like and are looking for. Make the purchasing experience a great one, something that you will remember in the long term.