Taking that next step in a relationship, or for some a new marriage, can be a fun and rewarding time that is also combined with stresses of combining households. But finding a way to mix masculine and feminine decor can be a great experience. And like the saying goes, two heads are better than one.
This especially rings true in design. Oftentimes, the dark colors, heavy furniture and woodsy items mix best with the soft linens, plush pillows, colorful patterns that feminine traits bring to the table. But when you bring two people on opposite ends of the spectrum into the equation, it can be hard to reach a happy medium.
We’ve provided 10 tips that will inspire you to take that next step and keep it fun while learning more about your significant other!
1. Collective Inventory.
Take an inventory of the items that each of you possess, and see if there is a common theme among the both of your things. See if there’s a way to meld all of your favorite things together into a display, multiple collections or if they belong in separate rooms.
2. Edit Yourself.
When living alone, there might be a lot of clutter accumulated or perhaps Aunt Vern’s old oil lamp collection doesn’t really go with NBA memorabilia. There are some things that might not hold a whole lot of sentimental value that just end up taking up space in our homes. See what you can live without and purge.
3. Meet in The Middle.
While one half of the party could have the urge to live with only black leather, glass and white walls– there’s a chance that the other half in this household wants some more color, texture, pattern and dimension to the home. See what design styles appeal to the both of you, and take in all of the other elements from there.
4. Choose a Color Scheme.
Color is important in a home, not only for the vibe and feelings that hues influence; but every person that has to come into contact with these rooms should feel a connection to its color. If neons and bold reds are out of the question on walls, perhaps accents in the brighter colors can be a part of the equation.
5. Purchase Classic Pieces.
Typically, a classic piece of furniture might be the most neutral in terms of design. If you’re having trouble finding a design style that appeals to the both of you, a classic sofa or set of dining chairs could potentially be a great investment. Now, this isn’t to say that Ikea can’t be a great resource– especially for renters. Find what works for you, and what you’d like to start accumulating together.
If large furniture pieces aren’t needed at the moment, or a living situation is a bit more temporary, finding interesting throws, accent pillows and wall art can be a great way to mesh personalities and give a room some attitude.
This could definitely go up higher on the list when taking an inventory of what you’ve got. Sit down and communicate with your spouse what you’d like to see once that moving day comes. Hate orange? Have a book collection that you’re not willing to part with? A fresh flower necessity? Anything and everything that can be talked about should!
8. Go Eclectic.
Mixing and matching, or just mixing for that matter, is a great way to really let a home speak volumes. Pair the ultra girly with masculine elements to make it all feel like the space is lived in and loved. World travels, accomplishments, favorite things, antique collectibles– you name it, if you love it and both agree on displaying your items equally, go for it!
9. Keep it Subtle.
If it just so happens that there’s nothing agreeable about the inside of your home sanctuary, keep things simple and clean. Less can be more if there’s absolutely too much concentration on things. But find that balance.
10. Have Your Own Space.
It’s always a good idea for those of you cohabitating to still keep a personal space of your own. For men, it might be the media area or office. Ladies, you may want the closet, bathroom or dressing area to have your own “me” elements. In a smaller space, this can be hard to accomplish. But try– even if it is just a scent or a special picture frame. This can be essential to keeping your own personal identity while living happily ever after.
What advice can you give?