I touched on this subject in a recent post on the things you learn when you move in with your partner but I thought I would go a bit deeper into the subject of marrying two conflicting design opinions to create a harmonious home. I managed to
bribe persuade Tom to put together a moodboard for a hypothetical bedroom makeover so we could compare our styles. Warily he signed into my Pinterest and started getting together some images for his side of our bedroom board which you can see below. I’ve found that the longer we have been together the more our styles seem to have fused (I’ve taught him well) but Tom’s style is more monochromatic and minimalist than my own, to be honest, if he wasn’t with me I doubt he would even own a cushion.
Know Your Own Style
Before you start fighting with your partner over wall colours you have to get to know your personal style. Spend some time thinking about your space and what you want to do with it. Whilst it’s great to draw inspiration from the likes of Pinterest, sometimes it’s important to switch off all the noise and think about what you actually want.
Work Out The Function Of The Space
Arguably, working out the function of a space is the first, most important thing to do when designing any room but it is important to work out with your partner whether you both want the same from the space then you can start with the bare bone essentials and work from there.
Find A No Mans Land
No mans land doesn’t have to mean neither of you are happy with the interior but if you both have really contrasting styles then start neutral and add personality from there. You should be able to unify your separate styles through the common neutrality.
Compromise On Something You Both Like
However contrasting your styles are there will always be something that you both like, it’s just a case of teasing out that style, there are a lod of quizzes you can take on Houzz that might help you find out what you both want, just keep an open mind and you never know what could happen.
Go out and shop together. Whilst you might not gravitate towards the same styles when faced with the endless expanse that is Pinterest, when you are out in the limited high street you might just find yourself drawn to similar pieces.
Remember your home doesn’t have to have one cohesive style, bedside tables don’t have to match, nothing has to be perfect, just make sure you are both happy in your place.
If all else fails it’s rock paper scissors.