With the right attitude, decorating your space together as newlyweds can be a fun bonding experience, even if you have different tastes in interior design. Admittedly, it can also be tricky especially because emotions are sometimes volatile after a wedding
Here are some tips for merging your styles to create a cohesive living space.
Start With a Common Color Palette or Theme
One of the first things you want to do is decide on a color palette or theme together because it’s one of the easiest ways to have a foundation for the rest of your style decisions. Plus, starting with a shared vision is a great way to bond right from the start and reduce the likelihood of later disagreements.
You can start by looking at images of decorated spaces together and then discussing what you like and don’t like about each image, paying particular attention to color patterns or themes that stick out to both of you. For example, say one person prefers bohemian designs while the other prefers mid-century modern, an interesting common ground could be neutral tones or earthy shades.
Mix and Match Furniture
Next, a major part of styling any space is choosing the furniture so it’s another area where it can be fun to combine styles! And the great thing about furniture is that you can mix and match as contrasting styles make for a more dynamic look.
There are plenty of different ways to mix and match furniture like choosing pieces that have similar lines and shapes or furniture with different materials. Maybe you want a leather sofa and your partner wants a traditional armchair. Or maybe you’re wondering if a metal lamp goes with a round wooden table. Mix and match!
Use Accessories to Tie Things Together
One of the simplest ways to create a cohesive space is with accessories. For example, say one partner likes a rustic style while the other prefers a more modern look, you could incorporate a rug with a geometric pattern in a neutral color that complements both styles.
A good idea is to repeat certain accessories throughout your space to further tie different design elements together such as the same patterned throw pillows on a leather sofa and a traditional armchair.
However, it’s important to keep in mind throughout the process that it’s possible to have too many accessories and this can create a cluttered look that makes it difficult for any design choice to shine. You can prevent this by taking a step back and “editing” out any items that don’t contribute to the overall aesthetic you’re trying to create together.
Combining different decor styles as newlyweds is an opportunity to create a home that reflects your shared vision as well as individual tastes and by working together you can create a space that you both love. So try finding a common color palette or theme, mixing and matching furniture pieces, and using accessories to tie everything together.
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