You’re finally married (yippee!), and now it’s time to take the ultimate plunge – moving in together! Although this is supposed to be one of the more fun parts of marriage, it also can be frustrating when you two realize that your style and taste in décor couldn’t be more different. I’m fortunate enough that my husband and I pretty much agree on 95% of the interior decorating visions and choices that we have for our home, but I know that’s not the case for everybody. At any point in time, I can guarantee that you and your spouse won’t see eye-to-eye on something, and that’s where compromise plays a large role in every design decision and purchase.
Especially for women who have a natural tendency to “nest,” it can be difficult to keep the feminine touches to a minimum throughout the home. Your guy may not be a big fan of ruffled throw pillows and pink, rose-scented candles. Nonetheless, it is possible to achieve a happy medium and keep your newlywed décor from being too girly or too manly. Just like anything and everything in marriage, it takes teamwork!
Read on to learn our 6 decor tips for newlyweds in their first home!
1. KNOW YOUR STYLES
Before you even begin to tackle setting up house, each of you needs to take time to really figure out what your style is. Are you an organizational fiend? Does your spouse need a sectional couch to sprawl out on? Do either of you need an in-home office space? What colors do you both gravitate toward? Answering these questions and others will help you both figure out where you agree and disagree on certain elements in your home, as well as help you decide what you need to buy.
2. TAKE AN INVENTORY
As you’re deciding what pieces you need to purchase, it’s also a good idea to take inventory of what you already have. Depending on the “look” that you are going for, you may be able to repurpose pieces you already own or you may find that there are items you no longer need or want.
3. FIND INSPIRATION
Seriously, when don’t we reference Pinterest before we decide on anything these days?! Consider creating a board specifically for your home, and pin images that you believe both you and your spouse would like. Once you’ve gathered several photos, sit down together and go through each one to determine what you like and don’t like about the design elements. This will help give you both a better idea of what one another is willing to compromise on – just like I recently compromised on keeping carpet in our family room opposed to installing hardwoods with a large area rug – and what you’re not willing to sacrifice.
4. GO SHOPPING TOGETHER
Time for the fun part – shopping! Make it a point to head out on these shopping trips together. Not only is it great bonding time for the both of you, but you probably will make more level-headed and practical decisions when you’re together, which ultimately avoids a future argument. Plus, you never know – your husband may have a sharp eye for detail that you weren’t aware of.
5. HIS AND HERS PAINT COLORS
Ah, the joys of paint colors. You truly can drive yourself crazy with the amount of paint colors available – I should know, we just went through picking out colors for our entire house. Okay, so you love pink and your man loves hunter green, but will you love those colors on the walls in a year or two? (Not to mention, please don’t pair those two colors together …) My advice is to stick with neutral wall colors throughout the house, and add color with accents, such as pillows, blankets, etc. Absolutely have to have pink? Consider keeping that color to your personal space, such as an office, and incorporate the hunter green into your spouse’s man cave or similar area to keep the balance.
6. MAKE IT PERSONAL
Ultimately, when you walk through your door, you want to feel like you’re home. And, this is easily achieved by including personal touches and décor throughout your home that represent you both as a couple. Since you’re recently married, display some of your favorite photos from the big day in stylish frames or display mementos that you picked up on your honeymoon. Items as such are what remind us of our experiences and accompanying memories, which makes your home a place of comfort and familiarity.
Lastly, simply don’t forget to have fun! Building a home together and getting the décor just right will take time, but it’s another opportunity to add to your pool of memories as newlyweds.