Conflicting Tastes? Tips for Decorating Your Home Together
Buying a home with your significant other can be both exciting and stressful. Moving into a new house is like having a blank canvas you can decorate to your style, but what if that differs from your partner’s style? Maybe he’s into antiques and your taste runs more modern. Or perhaps you differ when it comes to paint colors or artwork. Before getting into an argument because you can’t seem to agree on your decor, check out the following tips for decorating your home together when your tastes clash.
Blend Your Styles
Relationships often require compromise. Brides magazine says it is important to include both of your styles throughout the home to prevent segmentation. In fact, Today says the best looks are those that combine multiple styles, artwork, furniture and accessories to create a unique space. While each of you may have your own ideas, incorporating the best aspects of both can help you form a style that represents you as a couple, not each of you individually, adds Today.
Make Separate Spaces
But if there are certain items or pieces of furniture you absolutely cannot agree on, it may make sense to create separate spaces for each of you. Maybe you spend a lot of time in the office, while your partner spends more time in the basement. For areas that aren’t equally shared, The Nest says it’s OK to have a space just for you with decor that makes you feel comfortable. After all, you may not be spending every waking moment with your significant other and you might want to take advantage of some “me-time” once in a while.
Set Expectations Up Front
When two people move in together, there is a chance each person will have belongings that the other dislikes. You might want to keep your worn-out chair, while your partner may want to hang a large, abstract painting she made in high school.
Whatever the item, it’s important to let your partner know up front what’s non-negotiable in terms of what is displayed in the home, says Today. But try to keep your vetoes to the things that really matter to you, suggests Today, as your partner may want the same privilege.
Purchase New Items Together
It’s probably inevitable that the two of you will have to make some home purchases together. Even though you may have different styles and might not agree on everything, it’s important to shop together, says the Huffington Post. At some point, you will likely reach a compromise, and when this happens, both of you will have had your opinions considered. Additionally, says The Nest, when you agree on a purchase, it might have a little bit of both of your personalities in it, which shows you where your styles intersect.
Even though decorating a home with conflicting tastes may be a challenge, remember these tips and try mixing interior design styles so the house will feel like home for both of you.