When you take the plunge to blend your lives and move in together, sometimes the biggest challenge is deciding whose design aesthetic will guide your home decor. If your tastes in interiors are drastically different, don’t panic! In every home, there should always be a balance of textures, styles and masculine and feminine lines. Here are our tips on how to decorate a shared living space:
Get on the same page financially
Moving in together can be a serious test for how well couples will work together in the financial realm. To avoid any financial surprises, map out a master budget for decorating your new space and stick to it. It’s also important to establish how you’ll be purchasing your new items – if you don’t have the cash it might be better to explore an option such as rent-to-own. This also allows you the financial flexibility to upgrade, downgrade or cancel at any time.
Discuss what you have and what you need
When you’re combining two households, you’ll realise you have two sets of everything, more mugs than anyone can ever use and a variety of furniture that neither of you really loves. You can either decide to store the additional items or sell them to get more money towards your home.
Establish an in-between style
Before moving in together, it’s always a good idea to discuss what your new space is going to look like and how you’d like it to be decorated. Once you establish that common element, take the idea and run with it.
Don’t forget the couch
The focal point of almost any entertaining space can also be a serious investment, not to mention a major point of conflict for just-moved-in couples. After you’ve established the desired look and feel of your new place, begin shopping for a new couch – and take your time. If well-maintained, this staple item can last you and your beau over a decade, so it’s important to agree on its shape, size and overall look.
Compromise on decor
You haven’t minded your significant other’s decorating aesthetic up until this point, but you also never considered it your home. Couples often find themselves at odds when it comes to making design choices in their newly shared home. Direct communication is important to ensure both partners feel ownership over the space and avoid resentment down the line. It’s unlikely the common areas will look exactly how you envisioned on your own, but with compromise you can both be happy with the overall design.
When it comes down to it, interior design is supposed to be fun. Don’t let it make or break you. Simply rejoice in this exciting new step in your lives. And just remember: decor can easily change and evolve, so if you’re not happy with it quite yet, give it a bit of time.