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Monday, June 4, 2012

How to combine decorating styles, husband versus wife, with designer room photos.

I'm often asked how to combine two different decorating styles (example, when a husband's style is completely different than the wife's style). Believe it or not, it can easily be done, so that both people are happy with their surroundings.

Here are some recommended tips for combining decorating styles. If you have a wife, husband, roomate, or anyone else who has a say, these tips will help you combine styles.
  1. Each of you should make a wish list (separately), keeping in mind your budget, room size limitations, and the way the room must function.
  2. Browse through magazines, and pull photos of things that appeal to you. Note specifics such as "love this color" or "do not like this sofa because it's too contemporary".  Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words!
  3. Now you can work together to view each other's photos & lists, in order to make a joint list. It can be very specific such as "uncluttered" to less tangible such as "a warm and welcoming environment".
  4. Express where you can compromise, versus which things are of utmost importance to you.  
Still having trouble? Consider a one hour consultation with an experienced Interior Designer. They can pinpoint ways you can find styles that appeal to both of you!  Years of experience help them learn ways to get people to communicate and compromise.

Masculine wood tones for husband's design style 

 Above: an example of blending wood and masculine tones with a clean, contemporary style, with eclectic accents.

Chair fabric - Wife noted as her color preference
Dark island  - Husband's noted as his wood preference
Combining styles can work with proper communication  

Above: a combination of "light and bright" with "rich dark woods", see the kitchen island & dining table.  
Man cave photo with sitting area in basement

Above: an example of combining "comfortable area for lounging" with a pool table for entertainment.


Combining decorating styles may seem challenging at first, but know that if you research it and avoid impulse purchases, the entire family will be happy with the rooms for years. If the husband and wife make a list of what's important to them, and look through photos to communicate preferences that are important to them, the process will run smoother. 

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1 comment:

BG said...

Love the site! We just need more inspiration to find our style for our house. Great tips!