First off, congratulations for taking the next big step in your relationship—living together! We know how much you love one another and how excited you are to wake up with the person you value the most. But know that there will be a couple hiccups when living together, but a few days of adjustment should guide you well.
Snuggling up with your significant other and cooking breakfast for them sound really inviting. But do keep in mind this person will also be the one invading your used-to-be private space, making house decisions you might or might not agree with, or even bring in furniture, appliances, or other knick-knacks that aren’t your cup of tea.
We know this is the least of your priorities but believe us, there will come a point where you’ll argue over small home decor or design decisions.
Acknowledge individual styles
Before you guys start packing, determine what you have in mind in terms of style first. Surely, you both have individual styles and you’ll have to work that one out before bringing in some furniture or rearranging the space.
Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you have control on your abode’s interior design. Talk to your partner about what he wants and how you both want to arrange the space. Who knows? Maybe your grandma’s hand-me-down sofa works with his rustic dining table. Respect your individual styles.
Keep the harmony
Chances are you’ll have different furniture, appliances, and decors and knickknacks. It’s okay, you don’t have to worry too much. What you want to do is incorporate all these items according to their theme, material, and finish.
Balance the elements
Due to your varying taste and style, it’s likely and perfectly normal to have hard and soft elements on the table. Make sure that you’re able to balance the masculinity and femininity (or neutral) in the space.
The combination of elements and style allows for a welcoming home that is united. Do keep the direction of your style on the same page even with a sense of variety. It’s what makes the whole mix-together work.
Combine your collections
It’s likely that both of you have your own set of collections, prized possessions, and other accessories you’ll want to bring. Don’t fear chaos or the clash between both of your mementos. The key is to arrange it in a dynamic style that shall also illustrate your well-balanced and combined life together.
Be open for discussions
Whatever it may be, communication is always key to a better and healthier relationship. You are a team now; you should work together. If there’s something your significant other loathes that you like, speak about it and look for a common ground.
If she wants to keep the coffee table her granddad made for her before he passed away, let her keep it as it has a sentimental value. If you want something to be put up on the wall she does not approve of, make a deal with her you’ll both agree with; for instance, letting her put colorful throw pillows on the couch. Learn to compromise and make amicable solutions.
Most of all, create a home you’ll both love
the end of the day, it’s a home you’ll both come home to after work or after a date night out. You want to come home to a place where it represents both your own personality as well as you, together. Don’t stress yourself too much. This is an exciting decision for the both of you, let your love for each other and your teamwork reflect on your home.
How did you and your beau designed your home the first time you moved in together? Share it with us! And for those still in the process of moving in, tell us your thoughts!
About the author: Chie spends her downtime pinning home decor finds on Pinterest. She also writes for Wincrest Bespoke, a home builder in Sydney that is created for those who seek more than just a luxury home.May 23, 2018