There are many wonderful things in store now that you and a partner are moving in together. Of course, there may be some butting of heads, but it’s nothing you can’t overcome. Here are some ways you can ensure that your new home is gorgeous without breaking the bank.
Pick a Theme for Your Rooms
Your home should feel cohesive, even when you and your partner have different styles and aesthetic preferences. This may entail making compromises, but it should be fun rather than onerous. A theme can mean whatever you want, whether it’s a country kitchen, a nautical bathroom, or just a unified color scheme with matching fabrics. If you don’t know how to pair hues, start by looking at a color wheel. A complementary color is one that is directly across from your chosen shade and tends to pair well with it. If one of you prefers neutrals, that doesn’t mean the other can’t have bright colors. In fact, you can use accent pieces, such as throw pillows and rugs, to liven a room and bring joy into the space.
Focus on the Closet
Bringing two homes together is a momentous undertaking, and it involves trying to fit two closets into a single space. Luckily, there are ways to get organized no matter how small your storage capacity. Begin by going through your clothing and donating or recycling things that you do not wear. Seasonal clothing, and other such items, can go into storage as you won’t need them on a daily basis. As well, you could double your hanging space by adding a second rod to your closet or putting in shelves on the inner walls to maximize storage potential. It’s important to remind yourself that this space doesn’t belong to one person any longer.
Utilize Wall Space
You may need to get creative with your storage, especially if you’re moving into a compact home. To maximize that space, look to add capacity by going vertical. For instance, put shelves on walls and add ladder-style bookcases that can hold anything from an encyclopedia to a household plant. Even your kitchen can benefit from things being added to the walls instead of consigned to a limited number of cabinets. By creating additional storage space, you give yourself more options and limit the stress faced by having to decide who gets rid of what.
Matching Your Art
Art can add greatly to your home by bringing life, joy, discussion, and meditation to any room on your property. Unfortunately, not everyone has matching artistic taste. One way to give your house a sense of cohesion, even without having complementary art, is to match your framework. Pick a style, shape, and color that works for each piece — and embrace it. This will make your art all feel related no matter if the content itself fits.
Communicating can be difficult. No one wants to step on anyone’s toes or shoot down a loved one’s ideas, yet we need to be candid about feelings. Your house should not feel like it belongs solely to one half of the couple; instead, it should be an expression of each individual coming together. Be an active listener if your partner brings up an issue, and ask each other plenty of questions to ensure everyone is on the same page. You don’t want to feel alienated from your surroundings in the one place that is meant to be your refuge.
You are building foundations for the years to come. It’s more important than ever to be open about what you want and to collaborate to make this house a home. After all, you deserve a sanctuary where you both can feel at ease and safe from the rest of the world.
Article contributed by Natalie Jones of Homeownerbliss
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