5 steps to help dec­o­rate your new fam­ily home with­out the stress

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To­gether. On­line re­tailer Fur­ni­ture Choice found 78% of same-sex cou­ples make style de­ci­sions in their home to­gether. Mak­ing a de­ci­sion in your home should al­ways be a shared de­ci­sion. Be sure to com­mu­ni­cate opin­ions, thoughts and ideas on the di­rec­tion you’d like your home to go. Get used to talk­ing about what styles you both like and share in­spi­ra­tional looks you’ve seen on­line and in mag­a­zines.

Man­age the stress. Shop­ping for home in­te­ri­ors can be stress­ful, but it re­ally doesn’t need to be. Make sure you shop around on both the high street and on­line. Many re­tail­ers will pro­vide sam­ple swatches, of­ten for free, take ad­van­tage of these and cre­ate a mood board to help you de­cide on what works for the both of you.

Avoid ar­gu­ments. Avoid ar­gu­ing over each other’s dif­fer­ent tastes, and in­stead em­brace them. A state­ment agreed by re­la­tion­ship psy­chol­o­gist Donna Daw­son: “If one of you is a col­lec­tor and the other is a min­i­mal­ist, agree be­fore­hand which rooms will dis­play items and which rooms will be left more spa­cious.”

Share. 41% of same­sex cou­ples share the space equally in the home, how­ever, that leaves al­most half (49%) of cou­ples that don’t. For those bat­tling for space, stor­age is a life saver and isn’t that ex­pen­sive, ei­ther.

En­joy the chal­lenge. Don’t for­get that dec­o­rat­ing your home should be an exciting prospect! There’s so many dif­fer­ent styles and prod­ucts to choose, you should — and maybe even your kids too — en­joy the process of mak­ing your house a home. You’ve worked hard for it, now en­joy it!

Re­becca Snow­den is an Fur­ni­ture Choice, fur­ni­ture­choice.co.uk, @fur­ni­ture­choice

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