When you live with another person, especially with a guy, you most likely need to take a compromise in decorating and your color palette – so do I, at least sometimes.
My boyfriend and I now live together for 5 years and probably moved house about 4 times and this is the first apartment we both feel (almost) a hundred percent happy and at home in. The building is from the early 1900 and has a beautiful parquet flooring, high ceilings and the most stunning doorcases and a vintage sliding door. You see, I’m totally in love with the flat. We just have a few rental issues (like wood chip wallpaper in every room, boring tiles in the bathroom and an old/ugly kitchen) but besides this, it’s a dream. Now to the decorating part. As I already betokened, my boyfriend Julius and I have different tastes, especially in interior design.
What Julius likes
- modern furniture and architecture
- minimal decoration
- a dark color palette
- nerdy/video game stuff
What I like
- a lot of texture (rugs, throw blankets, cushions…)
- old buildings and architecture
- light color palette (beige, white, blush)
- lot’s of flowers
Fortunately for me, Julius isn’t that interested in interior design. He says: when I have space (a room) for my stuff and you’re happy, I’m happy. Lucky me. 🙂
Our Apartment has 3 rooms. One bedroom, one living room, and an office room. The office room is mostly Julius room. I have my desk in there and some books on the bookshelf, but that’s it. It’s the room J can decide which art he want’s to hang and it’s the room he has all his gaming stuff and video game collection (stuff I don’t actually like to have in the living room). The rest of the flat is where I can decide how we decorate it. We decided a color palette that works for both of us and our lifestyle, as we have a white cat and no kids – so the palette is light gray, beige and white. Julius is ok with some blush and marble, as long as I don’t overdo it. I’m aware that I’m lucky to have a man who lets me leeway with interior decisions and even allows some blush *happy girl*
Another thing we compromised on was that every person can style his or her nightstand the way he or she wants. Here we speak lamps and artwork.
The most important thing, in my opinion, is to give your partner the right to bring in his ideas and design favorites. Finding a compromise means finding a way that works for both of you and which makes both of you happy. What are areas in your home you needed to find a compromise over with your partner? Is he ok with a little blush?
Tha boyfriend approved homeware shopping list