As a designer, creating homes for newlyweds takes a strong sense of styles, how they work together and an ability to weed through the couple’s disparate pieces and create a home that stylishly melds their two distinct identities. The key is always finding elements, objects, colors and styles that can act as a common ground.
When combining styles it’s helpful to find one thing in particular that will tie everything together visually. You need a singular, unifying element like a wall color, or fabrics or unifying area rugs or furniture to use throughout the main living spaces. You can also pull a design scheme together with white upholstery or slipcovers and a simple print fabric on pillows and accent chairs.
This is an instance when having a few hours consultation with a design professional can guide you on what to keep, what to repurpose, and what to discard. They can hang your pictures, artfully place your accessories and make solid suggestions on upcoming projects or purchases like paint and furniture.
Most importantly, if any of your furnishings are overtly masculine or feminine, try to find a compromise. Know when it’s time to move away from the Easy Boy recliners and usher in the wingbacks. A peaceful and harmonious home life is worth the concession.
Stayed tuned for my Style File where I give you my step by step process that eliminates the guess work out of combining your households!
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The Art of the Compromise
1. When combining a couple’s belongings for the new nest, each spouse must first choose their own, two to three, best quality pieces.
2. After their quality pieces are chosen, each spouse should choose their own, two to three sentimental pieces.
3. Each spouse should be allowed to veto one to two of the other’s furnishings. These are ONLY based on poor quality, wear and tear, or gender based themes (the color pink, car posters, etc.)
4. If possible, it’s advisable for each spouse to have one area that is decorated solely for him/her such as the master bedroom (her), the den (him), the home theater (him), or the patio (her). These are perfect venues for those gender based items that have been vetoed or weeded out.
5. Most people find interior schemes that have a mix of both masculine and feminine elements quite comfortable to live with and easy on the eyes so don’t be afraid to mix in floral fabrics and gentile colors alongside masculine architecture, metals and dark woods.
Phoebe Howard, image above.
My Favorite Pieces to Bring Disparate Styles Together Into a Cohesive, Stylish Whole
Modern, classic lamps go with everything.
Soft furnishings in unifying fabrics such as sofas, armchairs, accent chairs, throw pillows or curtains are the best unifying pieces and the costliest.
Matchstick blinds, woven blinds or small slat shutters are classics too. Truthfully, I’m not fond of plantation shutters. I feel they’re the lazy man’s choice to designing.
Sisal or soft neutral area rugs pull everything together adding softness and texture to boot.
Beautiful, framed mirrors add visual space and go well with both couples artwork.
Well, that’s it for today! If you’re a newlywed and you’re reading this congratulations to you both! I hope you found this article super helpful.
To you newlyweds and to several of you old married couples! The download below, The Functional Home Blueprint will help you clear the clutter and redefine the zones in your home. In it you’ll learn to create work zones to get you organized and focused; how to make better areas in your home for downtime and re- connecting with yourself; how to carve out an exercise/wellness space even when there’s no room; and maximize your kitchen so you follow through with healthy eating.
Enjoy! Bye for now.
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