How to Combine Styles When You Live Together

Luckily, the experts at Laurel & Wolf have assembled a trusty guide of ways to help you live better together...

Don't fret—the experts at Laurel & Wolf have solutions for you and your partner. 

When you and your partner decide to take that exciting yet daunting plunge into the waters of cohabitation, it can be difficult to combine your design styles. Luckily, the experts at Laurel & Wolf have assembled a trusty guide of ways to help you live better together.

From the start, it's important to set a standard of open communication between you and your partner.

Be upfront about the particular items you love and the style you're envisioning for your space. It's a two-way street, though, so be receptive of his likes and dislikes as well. 

Welcome this opportunity as a chance to purge.

When combining possessions with someone else, you'll need to toss duplicates and take stock of what you two still need.

Allow yourselves to choose a few items you simply cannot live without.

Honor your partner's choices, even if they involve something horrifying like a red leather recliner. It might test your design abilities to the max, but whatever it is, with a thoughtful eye you'll be able to make it work.

It is an important bonding experience to shop for furniture and d├ęcor together.

Browsing stores hand-in-hand will also help you understand one another's tastes better too, which will only benefit the cohesion of your new home.

It's more than okay if your styles aren't identical.

In fact, some of the best interior design concepts come from the melding of contrasting aesthetics. Establishing a more subdued, neutral color palette accented by bolder colors and patterns is a handy way to blend differing styles.

Be sure that items in a room don't stand completely alone amongst others of a different style.

A tufted blush couch will look out of place and awkward in an otherwise industrial design. So include multiple items of the same aesthetic to make each feel like it belongs in the space. It might seem like a solution to keep your belongings in one area of the house and his in another, but weaving your things together is the ultimate way to achieve healthy cohabitation. Separating your things will make your home feel like two random people were forced to live together as opposed to a tightly-knit unit.

If you follow these guidelines yet still find yourself struggling with living with your significant other, consider enlisting the aid of an objective third party. Someone like Laurel & Wolf!

This post originally appeared on Laurel & Wolf.


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Love Magazine: How to Combine Styles When You Live Together
How to Combine Styles When You Live Together
Luckily, the experts at Laurel & Wolf have assembled a trusty guide of ways to help you live better together...
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