Have you just bought a house with your partner? You’re probably excited to embark on the next chapter with them. But how are you decorating your new home?
If you were decorating a home you’d bought alone, you could decorate it with no problems. But when there’s two of you, you might find you have some… ‘Creative differences’.
But there are ways to get around decorating your new home without throttling each other. Find out our tips on how to create decoration harmony.
Compare your ideas
You’ve taken the step of buying a house together, and you might even have already lived together. So hopefully you have an idea of what each other’s tastes are like.
In an ideal world, you’d have the same tastes. But opposites attract, so the chances are you like different things. But you can try to find the middle ground.
A great idea to help you come to a compromise is to set up some Pinterest boards and pin all the items and decor you like. Try to think of everything, from carpets to lampshades, and you’ll soon find items and colours you both like.
Decide who chooses each item
Take it in turns to choose items such as the sofa, bed frame and storage options. Although it may mean you don’t like everything that your partner chooses, you’ll get exactly what you want for some of the furniture and other furnishings. And who knows – you might be pleasantly surprised by your other half’s choices.
Set some ground rules
There will be some things that you and your partner absolutely will not accept. That’s OK.
Set some general rules – the bathroom must be blue, the bedroom can’t be pink, no stuffed animals in the living room… Whatever they are, set the rules and then stick to them.
You’ll have to compromise somewhere, but there should still be room for you both to express your personalities.
Decide on some colour combinations
Choose the colours of your home together. Have a go at picking two colours each and see what you come up with. You can compromise on shades and accents later.
As long as you have a theme running through your home, most colours can go together with some tweaking.
Accept you’ll have to declutter
Have you seen a recurring theme of compromise popping up in this article? That’s because it’s a huge part of moving in with someone. You’ll have to face up to the fact that you’re going to have to get rid of some of your belongings.
Of course, if something is special to you, your partner will understand if you keep it. But things that you don’t use, are broken, or are just downright useless might have to go.
Take it in turns to get rid of something – every time you ask your partner to give away or bin something, do so yourself.
Decorating your new home doesn’t have to be hard. As you can see, as long as you listen to one another and accommodate for each other, you’ll have a blissful time in your new home.