For any couple, living together can be an exciting experience especially for those living together for the first time. It can be both a learning experience and a time for compromise. Understanding and incorporating each otherâ€™s styles, tastes and likes can often be a skill in itself. Here at Furniture Choice we have pulled together our top 5 tips for living together to help you on the road to home harmony.
1. Talk about and share styles
Communication is top of our list, get used to talking about what styles you both like, share styles that youâ€™ve seen online, on tv and in magazines. This on-going communication of tastes will help you to identify styles you both agree on. Pinterest is also a great source of inspiration and a great resource for sharing styles.
2. Make shopping fun
We know thereâ€™s different types of people out there, thereâ€™s those who love shopping and those who hate it. If youâ€™re one of the lucky couples and you both like shopping then this shouldnâ€™t be too difficult. However, if one of you strongly dislikes it, or worse – you both shudder at the thought, making shopping fun could be quite the saviour. Online shopping has never been easier, in just a few clicks of a mouse you can kit out your whole house. If youâ€™re heading out, make a day of it, visit a different city and grab some nice lunch to break up the day.
3. Plan the space
Before you hit buy on all those lovely new items plan out where they are going to go, no one wants the â€śI told you it would be too bigâ€ť conversation. If you donâ€™t have a tape measure there are some great apps out there to help you measure the space in your rooms such as RoomScan Pro, a great app which after a simple touch on each wall with your phone will draw you out an accurate floor plan. It couldnâ€™t be simpler.
4. Stay clutter free
From our research a large number of people claimed their partners most annoying habit is leaving their stuff everywhere. Make sure you factor in storage, especially for those with smaller spaces. Being strategic with storage can be extremely advantageous and make even the smallest of spaces look bigger and clutter free. Â
5. Keep it neutral
When it comes to decorating, maybe consider keeping the walls a neutral colour or having a feature wall. This will allow you to alter the feel of the room throughout the year by changing up the softer furnishings. Changing the likes of curtains or sofa cushions can transform a room allowing you both to express your changing styles with very little effort.
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