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If you’re like most couples, you and your significant other probably have very different design styles, disagreeing on anything from paint colors to furniture arranging to window treatments. Save your home and your relationship by following our tips on how to painlessly blend different styles into one cohesive look.
Take a style quiz
Before you begin marrying different looks, it’s best to first determine you and your partner’s unique design style. Personal style quizzes are a great way to really hone in on your preferred look, forcing you to evaluate pictures of furniture, interiors, art and other design elements to determine an overarching theme that will serve as a framework for your space.
Some quizzes are more helpful than others, so make sure to choose one with a LOT of questions, like this one from Lonny.
Create a mood board
Mood boards are a great visual tool for deeper design exploration. Whether you choose to make one with magazine tear outs or use a tool like Pinterest, simply collect design elements that visually appeal to you. The finished collection of images can then be referenced as you begin to determine a design aesthetic for your home that reflects the tastes of both you and your significant other.
Find Common Ground
Finding similarities in your design styles is key to establishing a truly blended look. For example, after analyzing your mood boards, you may realize you’re both attracted to white interiors. Or you both prefer comfort over sophistication. Or high tech features like motorized shades or smart lighting are non-negotiable design elements. Finding these common threads and designing with them in mind will naturally create a space you both can feel comfortable in.
For the instances you simply cannot find common ground with your partner, then it’s time to consider the tie breaker – who spends the most time in the space. For example, whoever cooks should get final say in the design of the kitchen or a home-office should reflect the ideal work environment for the user. If the look and feel of the space affects the lifestyle of one person more than the other, then it’s time for one party to make some design concessions.
Hire a designer
And for the moments when communication breaks down and you simply cannot move forward, consider hiring a design professional. Trained interior designers have a lot of experience blending different design styles and can provide great insight and direction. For an affordable option, check out a decorating service like Homepolish that provides both in-person and online consultations.