According to Statistic Brain, there are approximately 2,077,000 marriages each year. If you're a newlywed and merging households with your new spouse, chances are there at several pieces that you're not crazy about. Instead of getting into your first official fight as man and wife, learn to compromise while you both express your individual styles. Here are a few tips to help you decorate your home as newlyweds:
Take an Inventory of Everything You Have
Before you merge both households, take a look at everything in each house or apartment. One of the best ways is to take pictures of each room. Chances are, you will have several duplicates of key pieces, including couches, kitchen tables and beds. If so, consider choosing the pieces that are in the best shape or that were the most expensive.
If you simply cannot compromise, provide each spouse with five "must have" choices. For example, each spouse is allowed five sticky notes that can be placed on items that simply cannot live without. If you want to take it a step further, provide each spouse with two or three opportunities to veto items.
Whatever you choose, remember that even if your new décor plan isn't perfect, it is more important that each of your personal styles is represented.
Sell any remaining pieces that won't make it into your new home. The proceeds of this sale can be used to purchase new furniture or decorative items for your home.
One of the best ways to ensure each newlywed feels like they are at home and comfortable in their new space is to purchase some new furniture and other decorative pieces. Once again, selling your older furniture and other stuff is a great way to raise funds for this trip.
While shopping, try to focus on one room at a time. This will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. The best place to start is with the living room because chances are, this is where you will be spending most of your time while you are home. Because you'll both have strong opinions about furniture and décor, try to keep it simple.
For example, a leather couch is a great option because of its classic design and durability. If you choose a more masculine style couch, a more feminine touch can be added through decorative throw pillows.
If your budget is tight or you need to purchase several pieces, consider buying used furniture from a company like Bucks County Estate Traders. Not only will older furniture blend with more modern pieces, you can also explore new ways to express both of your personal styles.
Give and Take
Finally, despite establishing rules and playing nice, you will have times when you simply don't agree about your décor. Luckily, there are several simple ways you can both compromise, which will save you from several unnecessary fights:
- Express Yourself Through Color – When it comes to shared spaces, choose neutral colors that you both like. Save your personal preferences for bold, masculine or feminine colors for your personal space, such as a home office.
- Personalize as Much as Possible – Adding personal touches throughout your home will make it seem cozier for each of you. For instance, make photos of your wedding a focal point in your living room. In the bedroom, purchase separate dressers and allow each spouse to express themselves on their personal space.
- Take Your Time – Instead of rushing into choices that you will both regret, or will cause future fights, take your time decorating your home. Go to several furniture stores, shop online and wait for pieces you both love to go on sale. Remember, this is the beginning of your relationship and you will have plenty of time to create the home of your dreams.
Expressing yourself as a newlywed couple in your first home can be tricky. However, with a little compromise and some clever shopping, it is possible to both express yourself.