Moving in with your partner is a huge milestone for your relationship. Whether you will live at your partner’s place or invest in conjugal real estate, you must prepare for it. From the materials, and location of the appliances, to the sustainability of your interior design, many considerations should be made together.
Here’s a spoiler though: living under one roof will not always be a fairytale. Expect compromises, adjustments, and acceptance to be made. Yes, it will be hard—and frankly, it will test both of your patience sometimes. But don’t let these challenges get the best of you! Here are some tips to help you achieve the home of your dreams.
Layout a proper plan.
Before deciding on anything, the first thing you need to do is to talk with your partner about what you both want to see and feel in the corners and rooms of your home. You have to agree to have a common ground of your likes and dislikes. Start slow, talk about the big picture and worry about the small details later.
However, bear in mind that designing your home cannot be done in a snap. Your new home is the combination of your personal memories and future endeavors. If you plan on having a family or multiple pets, future-proofing a new home should be a priority.
Tip: Moving out to move in a space that is more aligned to your needs as partners? There are helpful agents who can contribute open house ideas to amplify your reach!
Stay consistent with your color palette.
Once you planned everything out, it’s now time to design! Everything looks organized if there is consistency. Start this by choosing two to three colors for the walls and floors. Then, compare it to the colors of the furniture and decors. Will they blend in? Should you add an accent color? When you stick to a particular palette, your individual tastes can merge into one. Deciding on these aspects can make you purchase items you need at your home more effortlessly.
Keep common rooms neutral-looking.
It is recommended that you should keep things look neutral for common areas, such as the living room and kitchen, especially the colors. Colors such as beige, taupe, and cream can complement almost any style and palette. So, for yourselves and your guests, it is a smart choice to keep it simple, but you are not limited to adding something to spice up your living room, for example, by adding textiles or wall art.
Accentuate your personal spaces.
What is a home if not the extension of your personality and expressions? Maybe you are eager to make your new space ‘you’, but you need to calm down. While you must keep your common rooms neutral-looking, you can express your styles in your home office, bedroom, hallways, bathroom, and other personal spaces. Here you can design more freely, as long as you adhere to the consistency of the interior design of your other rooms.
Start with a clean slate.
There’s nothing much worse than clutter. So, when you move out of your family home or apartment, bring only what’s important or has the potential to be reused.
In Marie Kondo’s words, choose items that spark joy when you see them.
Aside from sentimental items and essential documents, you do not need to carry too much. Start on a clean slate where you can have furniture and items that you bought together.
Fill your room with focal pieces of furniture first.
When you enter a room, the first thing that most probably will catch your attention is the largest piece of furniture there. Sofas, dining tables, and beds are examples of that, so it is only practical to decide on these items first.
Aside from being the more expensive investment in your home, it will define the rest of the room. So, you can anchor your decisions in the small things you want to add to your home when you already have these primary furniture.
Tip: Adjust your purchases based on the architecture of your new home. For example, buying new bedroom furniture is more practical if the space of your new home is larger and you only have a double-sized bed frame. Don’t dispose of good items, though! Conduct a garage sale to gain additional funds for your new nest
Do not be afraid to combine styles.
Styles can be so contrasting that you think they will become an eyesore when it is done. Or maybe, there are so many options that it becomes confusing. But, fear not! Anything can become beautiful when blended correctly.
Even if there is a mismatch of feminine and masculine styles, color preferences, or soft and rough-edged balconies—as long as you both find the balance to it, it will become more personal and uniquely beautiful.
Seek an expert’s advice.
If you are having a hard time deciding on what to do, it is the right time to have advice from interior designers so that you can make your ideas and imaginations come true. They are also helpful if you want to reach a middle ground in deciding.
But, if you want a more accessible option, you can opt for virtual styling. Here, you can have online meetings and 3D rendering of your perceived designs to help you design your home at no extra cost.
Conclusion: Design your home beautifully with love.
Deciding to be together is a huge step-up for both of you because it is accompanied by small and big decisions—including meeting halfway to achieve the interior design of your new home.
So, before you achieve the perfect look of your shared space, you must first respect and accept each other’s differences. Take it slowly because building a home needs time and effort. It is a representation of your relationship and how you grow into it as the years go by.