Moving in together is incredibly exciting and for sure they’ll be lots of exciting times ahead. However, agreeing on a design aesthetic that balances both your styles is decidedly less thrilling. However, it can be equally rewarding by keeping a few compromises in mind:

Compromise

That’s right. Compromise. You will see that word over and over again for good reason. For both of you to feel at home, you have to be willing to give some ground. Remember that moving in together is a united effort and that both of your opinions are valid.

Brainstorm

Make time to sit down together and look through design magazines and Pinterest boards. Each of you should then pick out a handful of images that you feel drawn to. Next, talk about why you like them and discuss the reasons if you don’t agree. Where are you willing to budge and where do you want to stay firm? This will give you a better idea of the style the two of you can create together.

Take Inventory

What do you each individually own? If you both have dishes, you probably don’t have enough space for both sets. Choose the better, more durable set that you think you’ll get more use out of.

If, however, one of you feels strongly about a set of dishes (it was your great grandmother’s who came to America from Europe during the war or something), hang on to that one. Sentimental value should be part of the conversation.

Conversely, if he has a tapestry he got from India during his trip around the world, find a way to make it fit. You should each make a list of things you feel you must hold onto.

Refurbish

Maybe your dining table doesn’t fit your partner’s style. If a good re-stain or a coat of paint will make it appropriate, go for it! By being willing to modify your current possessions to fit their style, you’ll be showing your willingness to work together when deciding how to decorate. They should do the same for you though.

Plus, refurbishing your furniture will save you money you would have spent buying something new. You could even use the money you saved for a date night!

Balance

Find a good midpoint between masculine and feminine design choices. You both should feel at home in your new place, so exorbitant amounts of pink may make men uncomfortable. In the same way, women may not want to look at his beer posters whenever you’re home.

Choose a color scheme together that you feel has enough light and dark tones to suit you both. A good route would be choosing a neutral paint color and decorating with more colorful pillows or art. Neutral tones leave room for both of your tastes.

Find Your Joint Thing

What’s something that you both love that has a lot of meaning in your relationship? If you both love collecting vinyl records, consider incorporating your favorite album covers in your wall art. Or if you cook together, make planning your kitchen decor the highest priority.

Need help decorating – or organizing – a newly shared space? Contact us today, we’ll be happy to help.