While some people seek the advice of a therapist when they’re having marital problems, others, well they just call their designer! I say, how about along with the pre cana marriage prep classes, couples are also required to schedule a consultation with a specialist (of course I’m speaking about an interior aficionado). That way we can be sure that mounted and signed NFL football jersey doesn’t end up in the dining room!
When you make the big decision to share your space with someone, you tend to blend sofas, personalities, art and style. So how do you pull it off?
Do: Start with a neutral background
Neutral hues, such as beige, khaki, and rain-cloud gray, generate a calming atmosphere, while the contrast of white walls with black-and –white color scheme can create drama and flair.
Do: Mix modern with traditional
By mixing a modern side table with a classic chair, a room is given a sophisticated new chic look.
Do: Add contrast with colors and texture
As we discussed in our previous post on creating cohesive looks, using contrasting colors and textures really adds interest to your home. Group similar items together, like candlesticks or your collection of seashells, for a unified look.
Don’t: Treat all styles equally
If you live in a more casual space, a formal antique table will look like a pair of Manolo Blahniks in a Payless. Opt for a more casual vintage piece. If you’re a couple who appreciates the finer things in life, the opposite rings true for you.
You don’t have to decorate your entire home overnight — in fact, it would look too matchy-matchy if you do. Mixing pieces and styles you both agree on is a process, so make it fun — a travel piece here, a birthday gift there. If you wind up with an eclectic mix of stuff, all the better!