Him Vs Her Decorating
Keep the peace when decorating your home, read the tips on how both of you can maintain your individual styles when designing your home.
Designing a new home can be an emotional process. You’re changing spaces that will effect your day to day environment and when likes and dislikes don’t match – decisions and problem solving can be a little challenging. There are few things more volatile than expenses in a relationship, so setting expectations ahead of time is critical – to save money, time and the happiness of your own relationship.
1. Take an inventory – decide what stays and what goes. Before shopping or deciding on a ‘collective look’ – know what you are working with and then what you might need to get rid of. Remember if you are asking your partner to get rid of things, be prepared to do the same.
2. Find inspiration – use sites like Pinterest, Instagram or even each others’ individual styles for interior design inspiration.
3. Go shopping together – make a list of things that require both partners’ approval. If it costs over X amount, both parties need to agree.
4. Learn to compromise – find a middle ground that you both can live with. You both bring unique things to the relationship, and that should be celebrated and not ignored.
5. Don’t confuse relationship issues with design dilemmas – pent-up aggression gets released during times of great change, when stress is high and patience is low. Painting the living room walls shouldn’t generate into an argument about unrelated topics – get the rest you need and meditate out the stress so you can focus on the job at hand.
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