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Moving-In Tips: When Taste & Style Clash

Moving-In Tips: When Taste & Style Clash

Your first time moving in with a partner is an exciting time. You get to spend more time with one another, impress each other with homemade meals, and create a comfortable new space where you can both feel at home. But, what happens when you move in with your partner only to discover your taste in furniture and decorating styles completely clash with one another? How do you decide which style gets precedent over the other without someone getting offended? Well, like many things in life, it's all about balance. Below, our Gainesville moving experts share a few tips for achieving home decor harmony when you and your partner have conflicting styles.

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Decide What To Keep

When a couple moves in together from two separate households, they end up with twice the furniture they need to fill their home. Accordingly, before contacting local movers, spend some time together deciding what items to keep and what items to give away. If you come across any duplicate items, compare the condition of each item and keep the one that's in the best shape. Not only will making these decisions now make the moving process significantly more manageable, but it will also help couples get an idea of one another's style and how you can blend them. If you ever run into a disagreement where you can't reach common ground, consider throwing both of your items out and buying a new one that you choose together.

Choose Crowd-Pleasers

Generally, the most hotly contested aspects of design between house-hunting couples are the home's interior details, such as flooring, fixtures, and finishes. When couples find themselves at an impasse during this phase, go with what's popular. After all, what's popular is popular for a reason, right? By choosing time-tested crowd-pleasers, such as hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances, you avoid a dispute and boost the mass appeal of your home at the same time. When in doubt, go with what's in style.

Stick To A Neutral Color Palette

A neutral color palette is the safest bet for couples trying to blend their unique styles. For many individuals, neutrals are synonymous with bland. But they don't have to be dull! For large pieces such as a headboard or couch, we recommend that partners stick with neutral tones and express their unique style with small accent pieces like decorative pillows, wall art, ceramics, and more. Additionally, for more visual interest, rely on texture, not color. Textured accents, such as a cream, gray, or brown-colored rug, can keep multiple neutral accents from looking bland.

Compromise, Compromise, Compromise

Compromise is key to a healthy relationship and knowing when to compromise while decorating together helps ensure you both end up with a home where you'll feel happy and comfortable. Did you pick out the couch? Then let your partner choose the coffee table. If decorating the same rooms together proves too tricky, give each other free reign in separate rooms. For example, if you have a specific vision for the bedroom, let your partner express themself in the living room or vice versa. Remember, at the end of the day, what matters most is that you both have a comfortable space to unwind.

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