You’ve suffered through the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship and are now moving into your first home together. While there are going to be a few bumps in the road, you are doing fine and are definitely ready to settle down to real life as a couple living in the same place.
Now that you’ve found a place to live, it’s time to start making those decisions about decorating your new abode. From you thinking that you should use Moxie Services as your pest control company to your partner thinking that an oak table would look better in the dining room than a modern table would, there are going to be some adjustments you both will have to make, and compromise is key. Luckily, there are a few tried and true tips that other couples have followed that will make decorating your first home together much easier.
Make the Decisions Together
You’ll find out pretty quickly that making decisions together as a couple is the only way to fly. It’s important to remember that this is your home together, not just their home and not just your home, but our home. You need to work together to create the home you envision, while still being able to keep your own distinct personalities as well.
For example, you might need to create a cave for your spouse with sports stuff and a craft room or a reading nook for you, if you each have your own preferences about that type of thing. If you both love both of these things, then try creating a room with a reading nook for two, and a room with sports-related items for both of you, with each one’s favorite team represented. The point is to make every decision together, but still keep your own style, when decorating the space you will both be living in.
There’s Nothing Wrong with Second Hand
It’s important to note as well that you don’t have to have brand new everything when you first start out. There is absolutely nothing wrong with hitting up yard sales, flea markets, and second-hand shops to furnish your home. Once again, just make sure that you agree on the furnishings you choose and the decorations to go along with them as well.
Don’t Go Overboard/Upgrade Gradually
Chances are if you’re just moving into your first home together, your budget is a little limited when it comes to decorating. You don’t want to go overboard with what you spend as that will come back to haunt you. It might even cause the first real argument you have as a newly cohabitating couple. Instead, upgrade as your budget allows. Start with the pieces you have to have. Then buy others, upgrading as things are paid off and you have more money to spend.
Make Memories While Making it Yours
You want your first home together to be something special, but you also want to make memories while you’re making it yours. More than the decorations you choose or the furnishings you add to each room of your new home is the fact that you’re doing it all together. From shopping for appliances to painting the living room a hunter green, doing it together is the way to make memories that you will cherish in your new home forever.
These are just a few ways to decorate your first home together as a couple. Remember: compromise, working together and not going over budget is the way to success and happiness as a couple in love.
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