GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - No matter how long two people have been together, few things compare to the challenge of remodeling their home. If you are not the only person living there, yours isn't the only design style that counts!
Blending styles, tastes and needs can be tricky. Adding a little bit of feminine with a dash of masculine creates an elegant and inviting room everyone can feel comfortable in.
Designing can be a very emotional process, so set expectations ahead of time. Come to an agreement about the basics, such as color and texture and types of furnishings and go from there. You're changing your environment, making a lot of decisions and spending money!
Decide ahead of time what your objective is; are you doing a quick refresh or a major remodel involving moving walls and tearing up the flooring. Make sure you're on the same page about the scope and cost of the project.
Decide what stays and what goes. If you're asking your partner to get rid of something, be prepared to do the same. This needs to be a give and take project.
Make a list of things that require both partners approval. Larger purchases (TV) or a purchase over a certain dollar amount are good guidelines to follow.
Decide what items you're both willing to concede on. If you don't care that much about the electronics but are fixated on the sofa, figure out ways you can both contribute.
Learn to compromise. AND don't confuse relationship issues with design dilemmas. This can be a stressful situation so don't confuse wall color with deciding where you're spending the holidays. Make sure you get plenty of rest and probably table some decisions until after the project is done.
Make decisions with love and respect. You both want to love the room and create an environment that reflects you as a couple and the life you want to live. By keeping the lines of communication open, setting expectations and being willing to compromise, you can design a space that represents everyone who lives there.
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