You’re a newlywed basking in the glow of your recent nuptials or maybe you’re a couple ready to take the next big step – moving in together. Either way, you may be preparing to live full-time with your significant other for the first time.
They say opposites attract – but that’s not always the case when it comes to meshing different design styles under one roof. Although there was a time when you thought his messy, scrappily furnished pad was endearing and he found your overly girly bathroom adorable, you now find yourself battling over things like wallpaper and color schemes.
Don’t worry –Target Style Expert for Home and HGTV host Sabrina Soto is here to help you solve any décor dilemmas. From compromising on the basics to creating separate spaces with distinct style to suit both tastes, Sabrina shares the tips you’ll need to make your first house together a place you can call home.
START WITH A VOW: A vow to write down what design elements you like and don’t like, that is. It helps to create lists – group all of the items that each of you agree on and design around those elements first.
FIND COMMON GROUND: Start with the basics, and choose a color palette you can both live with for your home. Commonalities are key, but try to be flexible. For example, if one likes modern design and the other likes traditional furniture, take traditional pieces and give them a modern twist. Give a traditional armchair a fresh new look by upholstering it with a cool, contemporary fabric.
TWO PEAS IN SEPERATE PODS: Newlyweds should look at designing their new home as an opportunity to spend time together, learn more about each other and compromise as a couple rather than as an individual. And just because a couple may have totally opposing styles doesn’t mean they have to design the entire house around one particular aesthetic. Create individual, separate spaces for yourselves. There will be times when you’ll need a little retreat! These spaces can be a corner of a room or separate rooms dedicated solely for each other.
COMFORT IS KEY: Seating, whether chairs, sofas, or sectionals are crucial. No matter what your personal style is, you need to have adequate, comfortable seating in your home. One thing you’re bound to agree on? Having a cozy couch to cuddle up on after a hard day at work.
So whether you’re moving in together for the first time, embarking on a remodeling project or just want to spice up your significant other’s pad, keep in mind Sabrina’s tips to domestic bliss. Here’s to a homey ever after!