Just Married: How To Decorate Your Very First Home
by: Helen Bradford
Moving in with your loved one is fun and exciting! Especially if you have similar taste and know exactly what you want and how to decorate your new home. But if you don’t see eye to eye with your spouse about the decoration, well, then it’s going to be a rough ride. Follow these tips and tricks to help you make a compromise when it comes to styling your home and complete the process with ease.
Don’t postpone the talk
The most important thing is to communicate and avoid arguing. Try to explain what you want to achieve and in what way. If you are thinking about minimalistic style and your spouse wants more of a vintage styled home, for example, it is good to come up with ideas how to mix these two into one unique style that represents both of your personalities. You can minimize the amount of furniture but add a few vintage details. Plain white walls combined with only one in another color (either warm shades such as purple or yellow, or earth tones) can be a great solution if your partner wants to add more colors. Adding picture frames with colorful artwork in different sizes and styles can be a cool replacement for blank walls if you cover the whole wall. Or you can simply bring together your preferred colors in decorative items or furniture patterns.
Visualize your ideas
Try making a Pinterest board to help you two visualize the new look of your place. Pin everything that you like (even small details like candles, vases and plants) into two separate boards and then compare to find matches. That will help you find the things you both like and make it easier to purchase before moving in. If you are artsy you can even make a collage with home design magazine cutouts. That way you can get a preview of your future decor and you can easily change pieces to create a whole new look. Your partner can contribute with his own finds. Be bold when choosing colors and pieces of furniture. You don’t have to opt for just one particular style; it can be a combination of things you like, that will make the whole look more personal.
Don’t forget about the outside
It often happens that couples moving in together become focused only on the inside of the house and completely forget the outdoors appearance. There are many things to discuss about the outside too, how to remodel your new deck, how to give your front porch a makeover, etc. When making boards and lists about the interior, add items for the exterior too. Search online for advice about landscaping. Invest in a backyard shed for storing tools or go through Hoselink to supply it with necessary gardening equipment. Hire a gardener if you are not really sure what to do or you don’t have a green thumb, to help you create your own piece of heaven in your outdoor area.
Before purchasing new furniture, appliances and other necessities make sure to write an inventory list to see what you both have, what you can use in your new home and what doesn’t fit. It will take a bit of your time but it will also save your money. Going shopping together is necessary to avoid misunderstanding. Bring your collage our write down the list of items you want to purchase and in what color. Of course it will happen to impulsively buy something random, and that is a good thing as long as you don’t buy too many excessive items. Avoid cluttering with decorative pieces and overcrowding surfaces to leave room for all the future memories.
Finally, following these tips and tricks will help you easily finish the whole moving in together and combining different styles process. And remember, personalizing items in your place is the key to creating a homey atmosphere. A house becomes a home only after you add details that depict your character and your styles.
Helen Bradford is a bookworm and home décor enthusiast who constantly seeks new ideas to write about. She spends her spare time doing fitness and traveling.