The key to combining homes for the newlywedded is finding elements, objects, colors and styles that can act as a common ground. Here are my five easy steps for mixing, matching and compromising on their new nest.
My Five Easy Steps for Combining Homes for the Newlywedded
1. When combining a couple’s homes for newlyweds, each spouse chooses their own, two to three, best quality pieces.
2. After their quality pieces are chosen, each spouse chooses their own, two to three sentimental pieces.
3. Each spouse should be allowed to veto one of the other’s furnishings. These are ONLY based on poor quality, wear and tear, or overly gender-based themes (the color pink, car posters, etc.) but please don’t overdo the vetoing!
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 feminine and masculine touches like floral fabrics and gentile colors alongside masculine architecture, metals and dark woods.
Mixing and Matching Styles for the Newlywedded Home
When combing 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!
My Favorite Pieces to Bring Disparate Newlywed Home 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 of the couple’s artwork.
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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.
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Enjoy! Bye for now.
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