How to Decorate Your New Home Together... and How to combine both of your decorating styles into one….
Decorating can feel overwhelming, especially when you are trying to bridge 2 styles into 1 and make it work in one home. Do not despair! We are here to help!
Here’s a few tips!
Use of Color: An easy way to make rooms connect to each other is with color. The most basic is to paint each room in your home the same color. But this is the easy way out!
Remember you have been looking forward to setting up house for a long time now. So have fun and make it a challenge! Of course, painting all your rooms the same color is an easy option, but we know you can do better.
Another way to use color to tie your rooms together is to choose a color that you can repeat throughout your home. Real basic here…. As a base…just tying it through with either paint, fabric, or accessories. Using similar colored pillows, or vases, lamps for example, in one shade. It doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy either, you can use the color in a few places in each room in various shades and tones to create layers and depth.
If you paint your rooms different colors, try not to use too many different colors, especially if you live in a small home. For small homes, we recommend not using more than four different colors. This will help keep your home looking clean and neat, no matter what style décor you choose. Keeping in mind it’s important to have a “base” to draw the rooms together subtly.
If you choose to paint your rooms in different colors, remember to keep your “base” cohesive by painting your trim in one color. It’s another easy way to tie your rooms together.
Style: This is an simple way to tie your rooms together and make your rooms flow together easily. Deciding on your style sounds easy, but if you are trying to bride your style and your mate’s, then you will have some creative thinking to do. Not to worry! If your fiancé likes clean lines and is Urban Contemporary, and your style is more Traditional, there are ways to make it work. You can do it!!
Every step in decorating is a base of another “tip” or “rule”.
For example: If you have 2 styles to bridge, then use a simpler color scheme, or “base” (like paint) to make it all tie together. That way you can still use different colors, materials, and furniture shapes to give it some life and vitality and create your “couple’s” style.
Try to keep the “style” of decorating cohesive through the house. You can represent each other’s individuals style in separate spaces as long as you carry through the “style” from room to room. For example, if your style is Shabby Chic, and your fiance’s is Contemporary, you must find the common link between the 2, rather than decorating 1 room in each style. This is a must especially when “building” a life together. This way you will have no barriers in your home right from the start. Yes, it may be challenge especially if you and your mate do not share the same “style” but it will make your house a home…. Physically and Mentally. What a powerful medium decorating one’s home is!!
You might be drawn to a particular “feature” in a piece. Are you drawn to Oak? Light furniture? Dark Finished Wood? Metallics? This is a tough question for some people. Keeping it to just 1 or 2 elements in this “area” will help give you another decorating base. For example, if you are drawn to Art framed in Black frames, repeat this “look” throughout your home as a common thread. Maybe your fiancé loves Contemporary, black and white photographs, and your personal “Style” is Vintage. Using the Contemporary Black and White Images speaks to “vintage” easily, (and maybe you can stretch his “eye” to see Sepia images as a compromise. Carrying the Black and White images from one room to the next is a wonderful way to bridge your 2 styles, and connect the rooms of your home beautifully.
Flooring : Small vs. Large Homes
If your home is on the small size, try to expose or create the same flooring in each room. For example: Visualize hardwood floors in all your rooms… There’s your base again! This will really tie together each room of your house. You can still mix up the color from room to room with area rugs and runners, as you have your “base” layer being the Hard Wood Flooring.
If you are renting, most landlords have installed 1 carpet (hopefully a neutral color!) – you still have your “base” and can still use throw/area rugs to mix it up from room to room.
Perhaps your flooring is not the same from room to room….. No worries!
Let’s use Furniture as the example. If your “rooms” of furniture is significantly different from each other, and you really need to use both “styles” in close to each other: go back to another “base” fix. Now, your “fix” will be to paint your rooms the same color, and/or keep the flooring the same in both rooms. This will give the sense of flow you need from room to room, still tying everything together. It especially works when the rooms are open concept, and really need to flow right into one another. For the example below, the focal point of the room is the view, so clean lines are a must to bring the eye through the room directly towards the gorgeous view! Keep it simple. Don’t detain the eye with alot of knickknacks.
Here’s your homework: (we’ve picked a few contrasting “bases” to show you how it can be done!)
When trying to bridge 2 separate “styles” and to create cohesion in your home’s décor, Write up a quick list….this will help you pick your “base(s)” and build on them.
Decide for your house as a whole: Try to keep it general in your visualization and answers as below:
Color: Neutrals and Bright Hues
Style: Traditional and Contemporary
Material: Soft Fabrics, Burlap, Metallics –
Flooring: Hardwood and Wall to wall
1. For your House as a whole: Pick 4 main base colors for your home.
Here’s our example:
Color: 1 person likes Gray, 1 person LOVES bright color…! Ok- we are up for the challenge.
Style: 1 person likes Traditional , the other person prefers Contemporary.
Fix: Choose a traditional but contemporary Sofa paired with drapes in the same color giving a focal point and “base” to the room. Then accent with the contemporary pieces and textures.
Material: 1 person likes Soft Fabrics, Traditional Furnishings, the 2nd person leans towards Contemporary Materials, Metallics, Glass, etc.
Fix: Again, create the “base” focal point in neutrals (fireplace) Offset the focal point with subtle traditional chairs in contemporary materials, bring back the “traditional” base in the larger furnishings, and add a pop of Contemporary in color and material by adding an accent piece (bench).
Love this Living Room! What a great mix of Traditional and Contemporary~!
See if you can identify the reasons why it works well and how it bridges the 2 Styles.
The most important tip!!
This will help you with your $$$.
Hold on to your cash!!
We know it’s hard.
Decorating is fun! And it’s fun to buy things for your new home!!
Try to wait until you make your plan before you go shopping.
With anything one does in life… do your research.
It will save you money.
And first and foremost, when decorating/buying…. Only purchase and decorate with items you really love.
Remember, it’s your home together, so if you are just mixing your 2 styles together as a start, work together and communicate what are your most important pieces. Make your “common” areas a good compromise.
Try to use existing larger pieces before shopping. Remind yourself that you are creating your home together with your shared pieces. Then, add the accent pieces that tie the room together (curtains or a rug, etc.)
Finding the compromise will bridge your styles together easily. You may have to part with something that is overly “girly”, or that is over the top “manly” to make this happen.
Let it go.
What’s left will be your new combined compromised style.
And that’s what married life is after all is said and done…
…….Love, Happiness, Compromise, and the 2 of you! (and your style!:)
Next Article: How to Start Decorating a Room in a few easy steps!
Article: Lisa Sammons – Owner/Principal Planner & Lead Designer – Lisa Sammons Events /Contributor & Features Editor: Style, Inspiration, & Design
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