Moving in Together? 5 Tricks to Help You Compromise
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from décor clients, it’s that men can be particular about décor, too. Before swearing to become celibate for life or declaring yourself a cat-lady, read on for creative ways to compromise with a man’s (sometimes) peculiar décor wish list.
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Unless your man is a firefighter or an army officer, he probably has a lot of clothes. Remember how you first noticed him in his sleek Ralph Lauren shirt, or how proud you were to have him on your arm in a dashing tuxedo at your best friend’s wedding. Before claiming all the closet space in the house, consider alternative storage solutions, like this edgy freestanding rolling rack.
Men are usually taller than women, and their décor wish list often features an oversize chair with a tall back and a large footrest. Your guy might even be holding on to his frat days La-Z-Boy recliner (the horror)! Keep calm, and suggest investing in this man-cave appropriate leather chair from DwellStudio instead.
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You might be willing to partake in his fantasy football obsession, but that doesn’t mean you want your home to turn into a sports museum. Limit his collection to a few of his most prized possessions (signed baseballs, high school trophies, and such), and display the collection in an appropriate space, such as a home office bookcase.
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This one is particularly delicate because his family might have given him furniture that holds sentimental value. Before kicking his beloved possessions to the curb, suggest a DIY makeover. Sometimes, all a piece of furniture needs is a new purpose, a good lick of paint, or fresh new hardware. You might even enjoy tackling the project together!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and chances are your beau’s artistic inclinations don’t always match up with yours. The best solution in this scenario is to bring both your collections together and take an afternoon to choose each piece that will adorn the walls of your new home. With each party having a veto right, you should be able to fairly compromise on your art collection.
Do you have any tricks to help couples move in together? Share them with us in the comments below.