The Battle of Decorating

Owning your first home together can be an exciting time in your lives as a couple. However, serious tension can arise if you two cannot see eye-to-eye on the décor. It can be difficult to make your home a combination of both of your tastes if you do not like what the other has to say. To avoid petty fights over whether or not to have crown molding, consider these methods that will result in effective communication. This will not only allow you two to have a unique beautiful home, but help you better understand each other as a couple.

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Choose which rooms are most important to you. By doing so, you can immediately see who truly wants input in which room. You may find that your partner may only want to have say in the kitchen cabinets and countertops. If this is the case, let them feel special by having them have the most say in the details of that room. If this is not the case and you both seem interested in every part of the house, then you need to seriously plan beforehand.

Together, take trips to the home improvement store of you choosing. Do not ever go on separate trips because the temptation to buy can be overpowering. You or your partner may bring something home that was not collaboratively selected. To avoid an unnecessary trip back to the store, find a time that best fits both of your schedules and go to the store with a list. This way, you two are shopping and making big decisions as a team.

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Before you go to the store, have a pointed reference. Utilize Pinterest or interior design websites to gain inspiration for what you want a specific room to look like. Do not go in to the store for paint and come out with 50 samples. By having a reference, you can talk to an expert at the store and they can help you find ways to adapt the picture to your individual tastes.

Being able to describe your style is very important when it comes to telling each other what your décor expectations are. Therefore, do some research so that you know the difference between modern and industrial or vintage and rustic. If you do not know exactly what your style is, you may end up confusing experts and annoying your partner; thus, going back to the drawing board. Be honest and as clear as possible when communicating your decorating ideas to your partner. Also, be understanding of each other’s feelings during the process because do not want to unintentionally seem disrespectful.

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If you follow some of these suggestions, decorating your home will be, if nothing else, a learning experience. One that will have you grow closer to your partner, not sleeping on the couch the first night in your new home.


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About Stacy Narine

Originally from Paterson, NJ, I recently graduated from Seton Hall University with my B.A in English. I will be starting my M.A program in Literature at Seton Hall University in spring 2015. I love Pinterest, Photoshop, and writing fictional short stories about characters who are trying to establish a sense of individuality while in relationships. Ready to momentarily stray from fiction, I am motivated to write about topics that are important to women.

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