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Ensuring Your Other Half feels comfortable in Their Home…
When my husband and I first moved in together, the most I worried about was living with a boy for the first time. Meshing your interiors as a couple was nowhere on my mind. Over time, as my interest in interiors increase, I became aware that as much as my interior taste made me feel comfortable, it might not be to Lee’s taste. Luckily, my husband is very easy going and only has a few things he’s deadset on. However, I always want to make sure he’s comfortable. So over time, I’ve become more considerate and try to incorporate his style preferences.
It’s not been 100% easy. I’m very much a lover of the light, neutral interiors
. Nice and bright. Lee’s favourite colours are burgundy, navy and brown. Totally different ends of the spectrum. Meshing your interiors as a couple means finding a nice healthy middle. Meshing your interiors are so easy to create, with these easy steps…
If I saw ‘seagrass basket’ to my husband, he’s going to have no clue what I’m saying. I know what it’s all about because I’m obsessed with this world. However, my husband isn’t. Sometimes it seems my husband isn’t interested in all this. Most likely he just doesn’t understand what I’m saying. So if I’m explaining or trying to get him on board with what I’m planning, I tend to show him exactly what I’m going for or what piece I’m speaking about. Give them a visual and they will totally be on board with your ideas.
CHECKOUT DIFFERENT HOME STYLES.
I love looking at other people’s interior style on Instagram and Pinterest. And sitting down with Lee and talking through the different options allows me to get a sense of what he likes and what he doesn’t. Going through each other’s pros and cons allow you to get a sense of personal taste and where you want your interiors to go. If anything, it will get the absolutely not’s on the table and what you should avoid when you’re decorating your home.
Sometimes finding a neutral ground is the best. Now as a lover of neutral, it’s my happy place. This doesn’t mean 100% light, bright and airy, which was my husband’s fear. He didn’t want it too bright, he likes the cosiness. This is where I started to incorporate the darker woods and accents. Sometimes, it’s better to meet in the middle, than fully commit to something he loves and me not liking the space. Same with him. Go neutral, build-up and blend your two styles perfectly.
When it comes to decorating, some things are non-negotiable. For me, I cannot stand too bright accents. For Lee, there’s no way he can live with the amount of blush pink I’d love to introduce into a home. Meshing your interiors together is a compromise and you have to understand that your tastes are totally different. Some things you’re okay to deal with (like the amount of vintage camera’s that my husband owns). Others, you will not be able to sleep if that existed in your home. You have to make peace and let go of the things that actually in hindsight doesn’t mean that much to you, but everything to them.
ADD THE PERSONAL TOUCHES.
The key to be comfortable with your home is having personal touches. Even if everything else is not what my husband loves, adding some of those touches make sure he knows that this is his home. You’ll find his vintage camera’s dotted around our home, along with his art books. I’ll also incorporate smell into this also, there’s a particular candle my husband loves so I’ll make sure that they are burning when he is home. This can be artwork as well, adding shots of places you’ve been to or subjects that you know he will love. It’s all about adding those moments, making a house feel like a home.