5 tips for live-in LOVERS

Dec­o­rat­ing advice for cou­ples mov­ing in to­gether

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Mov­ing in with your sig­nif­i­cant other is ex­cit­ing and fun, but not without its chal­lenges — es­pe­cially hav­ing a home that looks co­her­ent when you both have com­pletely dif­fer­ent in­te­rior de­sign styles.

Shar­ing a home doesn’t have to mean an end­less se­ries of com­pro­mises over your in­di­vid­ual aes­thetic tastes, though, as har­mo­nious bal­ance can be es­tab­lished. Blend­ing dif­fer­ent home dec­o­rat­ing ideas, con­trast­ing colour per­son­al­i­ties, and favourite fur­ni­ture isn’t easy but it can be done.

1 Es­tab­lish a solid colour pal­ette:

Hav­ing a de­fined colour pal­ette lim­ited to three or four hues will lay the foun­da­tion for dec­o­rat­ing to­gether — a range of styles can be brought to­gether if the pal­ette ties them to­gether.

Keep­ing to within the lim­its will rein in your dec­o­rat­ing from be­ing to­tally hap­haz­ard.

Se­lect­ing a colour scheme isn’t as sim­ple as nom­i­nat­ing your favourite hues, how­ever.

Good colour pal­ettes work to­gether. Know­ing some rel­e­vant ter­mi­nol­ogy is help­ful when pick­ing out the right shades.

Monochrome colour pal­ettes use dif­fer­ent tones of the same colour — say, Re­sene Astro­naut, Re­sene Kash­mir Blue and Re­sene Echo Blue.

Anal­o­gous pal­ettes take hues that are next to each other on the colour wheel, Re­sene Conifer and Re­sene Broom, for ex­am­ple.

Com­ple­men­tary colours sit op­po­site each other on the colour wheel, such as Re­sene Kep­pel and Re­sene Rouge. Re­sene Find-A-Colour is per­fect for pick­ing out com­ple­men­tary schemes.

2 Find com­mon ground:

Recog­nis­ing both of your in­di­vid­ual tastes is im­por­tant, but so is es­tab­lish­ing a com­mon thread that you can use to tie the decor to­gether. You don’t have to specif­i­cally like the same colours, but if you both have a pref­er­ence for warm pal­ettes, that’s a good place to start.

Maybe you both have a shared love of wooden fur­ni­ture, or large win­dows. What­ever your com­mon ground is, it is a good place to kick off your joint dec­o­rat­ing.

A range of tex­tures, shapes, and tex­tiles lets you both con­trib­ute to the decor, while keep­ing things vis­ually in­ter­est­ing.

3 Keep main liv­ing ar­eas neu­tral:

Keep­ing the over­all pal­ette of your shared space neu­tral makes it eas­ier to in­cor­po­rate dif­fer­ent colour pref­er­ences.

With a neu­tral base to work on, you can add state­ment ac­ces­sories, such as bright cush­ions or a favourite chair that match the hues of your colour per­son­al­ity.

Tak­ing your dif­fer­ent colour per­son­al­i­ties into ac­count is im­por­tant, as these are your com­fort colours. Without them, you may feel dis­sat­is­fied or un­com­fort­able.

Even some­thing as sim­ple as an or­na­ment or rug in your favourite colour can make you feel more at home.

Keep­ing the over­all pal­ette of your shared space neu­tral makes it eas­ier to in­cor­po­rate dif­fer­ent colour pref­er­ences.

Neu­trals don’t have to dom­i­nate the whole home, though.

If ei­ther of you has a favourite spot where you spend a lot of time, such as an of­fice or TV room, take the lead on that space and se­lect the colours and fur­nish­ings that best suit your per­sonal tastes.

Hav­ing own­er­ship over the dec­o­rat­ing in one area is an ideal way to let your dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties shine and to work bolder colours into your home.

4 In­cor­po­rate con­trast­ing el­e­ments:

A bal­ance be­tween mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine can be achieved by in­tro­duc­ing both dark and strong, light and soft el­e­ments.

Darker tones can be tem­pered with lighter-coloured items like pil­lows, throws, and flow­ers to cre­ate a more invit­ing look.

The same goes for tex­tures: mix­ing up hard and soft, metal and wood, or a range of tex­tiles adds vis­ual in­ter­est and al­lows you to both con­trib­ute your per­sonal tastes.

5 Make de­ci­sions to­gether:

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and joint de­ci­sion-mak­ing are im­por­tant el­e­ments when dec­o­rat­ing a home to­gether.

For the big things, such as the colour of the walls, the style of the sofa, and the din­ing room fur­ni­ture, it’s im­por­tant to choose to­gether.

Com­pro­mise is im­por­tant, but if one of you se­ri­ously doesn’t like the colour theme or the big fur­ni­ture pieces, you won’t feel com­fort­able or at home in the space.

Photo / Vanessa Nouwens

Take the time to find a sofa that you both like then build your colour scheme around it. In this project by Bryce Car­leton, the lounge is fin­ished in Re­sene Mid­dle Earth and R. Yucca.

Photo / Bryce Car­leton

Grey is a ver­sa­tile colour that can be teamed with most other colours, giv­ing you the free­dom to change the way the room feels sim­ply by chang­ing the du­vet and linen. This bed­room is Re­sene Delta, soft­ened with the use of pink ac­ces­sories.

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