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First Home Decorating
Kate Smith
First Home Decorating
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Building a home together is one of the joys of being married, but it can also be an area of contention when the bride and groom don’t share a common vision for how they will decorate their new home. But how do two people blend their styles? Here are some tips to avoid clashing styles and create harmony in your new home.

Discover your style

Before you and your new spouse start picking out items for your bridal registry, consider this: What is your style as a couple? Each of you have a personal style, but how do the two of those mesh into a look you will both be happy with in your home? It is important that you get a sense of your color and style preferences before choosing items for your home.

One way to identify the pattern, colors, and styles you both like is to create a home decorating file. This will help you both keep all your ideas and inspirations in one place. More importantly, it becomes a way for you to figure out the patterns, colors, or styles you both like and begin thinking about how you might combine them.

Take a good look at your space

Once you have identified your color and style preferences, it’s time to take a closer look at the space you will call home.  There are a few actions you can take while in your space that will help you as you move forward with designing.

First, look around the room and ask yourself, is this a small, standard, or large space? Room size is a key consideration in the design as you may want to make a small room feel larger and a big room feel cozier.

Second, take out some paper and draw a floor plan for the space. You will want to determine the actual measurements for the space—measure the length of each wall and record it for future reference. You will use these measurements to calculate how much paint you will need, furniture size, etc.

Third, before you put away that fantastic floor plan you just drew, take a look around the room and notice all of the architectural and structural features. These aspects will eventually be downplayed or accentuated in the design, depending on how much you like them. So, add those fireplaces, built-in bookshelves, plumbing features, or awkward niches to the floor plan, noting any additional measurements as needed.

Fourth, it’s time to make decisions about what furnishings and belongings each of you will bring into your new home. This will be your first attempt to agree on what goes and what stays. This is the time to consider your budget. Even if you don’t love one of the items your future spouse wants to keep, replacing it may not be in the budget right away. Better to work his large leather sofa than have no where to sit.

Take note of the colors of the fixed features—flooring, light fixtures, built-ins, fireplace, trim—of the room.  Then take a look at the furniture you want to incorporate into the design. Take note of its colors, style, and room placement.

Once you have taken these actions, you will have a good understanding of your space and what each of you has in mind for the look and style of your home. Best of all is that you will be well prepared as you go shopping for furniture, paint, rugs, and everything else to design your space.

Get In The Mood

Color combinations do more than bring visual appeal to a room—colors elicit emotions, and that’s why it’s important to consider the vibe you want the room to have before you choose your color palette.

Colors, if chosen correctly, can help give your room the feeling it needs to suit the purpose of that space. Let’s say you’re designing and choosing colors for your master bathroom. If you are going for a spa-like feel, then soothing and tranquil colors are going to work best. For a game room, you may want colors that are more playful and fun.

With the emotion-evoking aspect of colors in mind, think not about just how you want your space to function but also how you want it to feel. By thinking about the mood you want to evoke in each space, you’ll be able to pick colors and design elements with greater confidence, knowing that you are setting the right tone in your home.

If you keep these steps in mind, you’ll be off to a great start decorating a place that will feel truly like home to both of you. Getting this far is a great beginning and next time I’ll show you how to go from here and create a harmonious color scheme that you can live with for years to come.

- Kate

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  1. Sammy Smith ·

    I love the orange kitchen. I will one day have it!

    I wanted to comment and thank you for an insightful article. Decorating a home with a partner takes compromise just as the relationship does.

    My husband and I decided to buy our first home two years ago after years of renting. We were afraid, especially after hearing many american home mortgage servicing complaints, but we managed to find our dream home and a mortgage company that took care of us. Once we moved in, we realized that though we shared the same idea of the perfect home, we didn’t have the same aesthetic when it came to decorating.

    It took us a while, but we were able to find a happy medium between the both of us.We also decided that we’d each get one room to call our own, and we had the opportunity to individualize the decor. It was a great bonding experience that brought us together and made our home beautiful inside and out.