We have found you your dream home!! ….next step, it’s time to get ready to move. Moving in with the love of your life is exciting. It’s fun! However, it can also be frustrating when you realize your interior decorating preferences don’t quite match up as well as your personalities… Where one might imagine placing a lovely antique armchair, the other may envision a green leather recliner (cup holder included). Needless to say, couples won’t always see eye-to-eye on every decorating decision and compromise is key. An outside eye can help bring different tastes and ideas together, to insure joining households is a breeze.
TAKE AN INVENTORY
It’s a good idea to know exactly what you’re working with and what you might want to get rid of prior to the move. To decide what to keep or to throw out, consider the monetary and sentimental value of each item. That precious rug that your boyfriend had imported from Italy? Might want to keep it and decide how to work around it. If you have a surplus of items like shelves or dinner plates, I’d opt to toss the lower-quality stuff and keep all the higher-quality items.
Talk about the amount of money you can spend on decorating. Money is the No. 1 cause of break up’s and divorce so remember to keep the lines of communication open and set a budget that works for both of you. Lets decide on what is a need now, need eventually and the want’s, start with the needs. Last thing you want to do is start this new chapter in your lives in dept.
SEEK DESIGN INSPIRATION AND MEET IN THE MIDDLE
Flip through some design magazines and websites and collect pictures you each like. Some times you don’t even know what style you like till you see it, Divergent tastes don’t have to be incompatible. “Matchy” is out anyway. Grouping items of similar color. Integrate furniture in different styles by painting or staining them the same color, or by using similar textiles like throw blankets or pillows to create harmony. Combining styles and tastes is like an art form.
DON’T BUY EVERYTHING AT ONCE
Live in your new house for at least a month or two before you make any significant purchases. How you think you’re going to use the house and how you actually live in the house are commonly two different things. Maybe that $5,000 you were going to spend on renovating the bathroom isn’t quite as important as beefing up the kitchen and dining area for maximum entertaining purposes. And you may figure out that the living room loveseat would work much better in your master bedroom and the master bedroom’s chaise will work better in the den.
If only one side’s style dominates the décor of your together space, it’s not going to feel like a joint home. Joint purchases help represent both personalities, so suck it up and shop as a team. Start with small things like frames, place mats, and lamps. To find where your styles overlap.
Moving in together can be a huge milestone in your relationship, but it’s a big change that could also lead to conflict, Let me alleviate the stress and make this next chapter of your lives the best one yet.
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