Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Jami for having me! Since Jami is planning her wedding, I started thinking about partners moving in together and the subsequent design compromises they often have to make. I have to admit, I was also inspired by my Bravo addiction; more on that in a bit. First, here are three steadfast rules to bear in mind when combining households and styles.
Be open to adjusting your palette. If you’re all about hot pink and electric blue while he wants everything black and tan, meet in the middle. You keep the vibrant prints and contrasts, perhaps via oranges and greens, while he gets some big swaths of neutral hues as part of the mix. You can even work with an interior designer to help pick a palette that everyone will agree upon. I don’t mean to stereotype favorite color combos here, but I do happen to know a disproportionate number of dudes with black leather sofas.
Concentrate on what you want instead of what you don’t want. I was watching Bethenny Ever After the other night; it was an episode where she and the hubs were planning the layout of their new gigantic, compliments of Skinnygirl Margaritas apartment. (I wish I had been a fly on the wall in Jill Zarin’s apartment when she was watching that!) I digress; Bethenny kept asserting that she was all about her glamorous closet. She also thought she was all about never having a television in the main living room. However, when her man Jason had to give up his TV-holding man cave in exchange for her closet, she realized she could live with him having a big screen in the living room. After all, it left her enough room for a shoe corral. The lesson here? Instead of concentrating on what you do not want, think about what you do want. Then treat your partner’s wants with the same respect you’d want to receive. Is it sad that I get most of my life lessons via Bravo these days? Oh well. See more glamorous closets on Houzz
Edit accordingly. Whenever I see a bed half-covered in throw pillows I think of Ben Stiller taking 15 minutes every night to neatly stack them in an armoire in Along Comes Polly. There are much better ways for newlyweds to be spending that time! Four pillows for sleeping plus two throw pillows are usually plenty. What other design compromise advice do you experienced couples have to share? What’s the biggest sacrifice you ever made for design harmony? Find more clever ideas from interior designers, architects and more design professionals at Houzz.
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