ProSource | 2/16/2016 | Expert Advice
Opposites attract. It’s a well-known saying, and for good reason. Just ask any couple who have made the attempt to blend their design styles (not to mention their collected belongings) and survived to tell the tale.
When it comes to designing, remodeling and furnishing a space for the two of you, you might find that you and your perfectly compatible partner are not as aligned as you might have thought. If that’s the case, here are some tips to help you work together better, to create a look that belongs to you both.
Tip One: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
First you need to remember that each of you is an individual with your own unique style. You appreciate that quality in yourself, and you need to respect it in your partner. For example, you may be drawn to different colors.
Instead of questioning (or worse yet, simply dismissing) your partner’s penchant for a color that’s not your top choice, talk about the feelings that color inspires, and how your favorites make you feel. You might be able to settle on a coordinated palette that creates just the right mood.
Maybe you don’t share your partner’s love for that comfortably worn chair (a first-apartment keepsake). But of course you have respect for the memories that might be attached to it. In this case, a bit of creativity can help. With some reupholstering or a stylish new throw pillow, that old chair might become a perfect new addition to a cozy space.
Tip Two: Define Your Styles
Share an evening with your partner, exploring a design website (best bet: prosourcewholesale.com) and identifying décor that appeals to each of you. Or visit your local ProSource Showroom and ask a design expert to help you sort out your individual styles.
By understanding the type of style that appeals to each of you, you’ll be able to better integrate them into a singular design statement.
Tip Three: Decide What Stays And What Goes
A remodeling project is a perfect opportunity to do away with things you don’t need. However, this doesn’t give you carte blanche to purge your partner’s belongings to make space for your own. You need to be willing to part with some of your unnecessary items as well.
On the other hand, you both have a right to retain items you just can’t part with. So find a balance that works for you both.
Tip Four: Choose New Items Together
If you’re like most couples, you’ve each contributed individually to your combined design … some things from your partner, and some from you. When the time comes to add something new, make sure it reflects both of your tastes.
Tip Five: Be Willing To Compromise
This is the key to any successful partnership. It’s also essential to a successful remodeling project. Not every detail is worth a battle. For a result you can both be proud of, you each need to be willing to bend a bit, and to make the occasional concession.
By following these tips you can make your remodeling project a true team effort, with a result that reflects the best of you both.
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