3 Ways to Design a Harmonious Home for Two
Moving in with your partner is an important landmark for any relationship, symbolising an exciting new chapter in your life as a twosome – a feeling which can be dissolved as quickly as it occured upon finding out that you and your significant other have two different ideas regarding how you want to style your new space together. As such, in today’s contemporary love story, couples are faced with a dilemma unlikely to be ironed out in just one day – the matter of decorating their new home. While you can’t change your style, you can change your outlook on the matter, practising the art of compromise to create an interior design you’ll both fall for as quickly as you did for each other.
So, to avoid arguments from the second you pick up your keys, this blog post will look at 3 different ways you can create a harmonious home design, blending your two styles together to build a home that has both of you in mind.
Design (at least) one room together
It’s highly probable that you and your partner won’t have the exact same taste in furniture, colour schemes, layout and furnishings – making the existing furniture and decorations you’ve brought with you from your respective homes pretty incompatible as a result. So, before you move in, pick a date to go window shopping together with a view to decide on a couple of important pieces and styles you both agree on, which can be used to design (at least) one room in your home.
Remember, letting your individual personalities shine through can be achieved in the smaller, more decorative details – meaning that your focus should remain on keeping your colour palette, patterns and larger pieces of furniture more neutrally-inclined. To do this, start with your floors and work your way up – picking traditional colours and materials such as wood effect tiles that allow you to build your style slowly, without distracting from other key pieces in your room.
Contrastingly, for an even simpler foundation, why not invest in extra large floor tiles that will create a welcomed illusion of space in your chosen room (or, indeed, your entire home!) – giving you the opportunity to mix up your furnishings as your styles change and blend together years down the line?
Create a focal point
If you can’t agree on what ‘neutral’ and ‘simple’ mean to you, you could use this as an opportunity to go bold and select a staple piece of furniture or artwork that your eyes will be drawn to every time you enter that specific room. This could be a bright fuschia armchair, a colourful Moroccan Berber rug or a lemon-yellow smeg fridge – not only will this be a fun exercise for you and your partner, but it will allow you both to then add your own personal decorative touches to the rest of the room without one outshining the others.
For example, if your partner loves the idea of decorating the fridge with magnets they’ve collected on their travels while you’d rather keep the fridge clean and, instead, focus on adding copper accents to your cabinets and drawer handles, why not invest in colourful retro metro tiles for your splashback? This will keep the focus on one area of your kitchen, allowing you both to decorate smaller sections of the room with your own personal touches without distracting the others.
Make spaces that belong to each of you
Now defined by many homeowners and interior designs alike as a glaringly sexist ideology, building a ‘man cave’ is now becoming an outdated design idea. However, there is a loose lesson to be learned from this idea – the concept of having an area of your new home that each of you can visit to explore your own interests and decorate accordingly. Whether this is a home office, a converted basement or a reading nook in the corner of your kitchen, creating a space you can retreat to is healthy in any relationship.
By accepting that each of you has their own space to decorate, you’ll be able to explore your own design ideas in areas of the home that the other will regard as your own – what’s more, you might find that you like some of the elements they’ve created in their design and decide to implement it into other communal areas of your home!
The most important rule we hear you ask? Compromise. In every relationship, compromise is key and never is this more necessary than when creating a design together that will allow you to render your house a home. To get started, request our latest catalogue today!