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Blending a Home for the Newly-Weds


Posted On : 2017-11-15 00:00:00

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: Getting married means setting up a new home together, and this means some give-and-take on choices to do with décor and design.

 

While it is quite customary to fix things up and re-do a number of touch-ups to the house in preparation for a wedding, there can be no second opinion that true home décor starts when the two newlyweds are finally together. Having promised a pivotal role in decorating each other’s lives, each spouse also promises to live by each other’s choices. It is no wonder, then, that it requires the newlyweds to confer their joint approval to each home décor decision to foster greater romance and a life of participatory decision making. Any successful change would therefore require merging the preferences, choices and styles of two individuals to achieve a harmonized look that finally satisfies both (and contributes to romantic wellbeing).

Of course, there will always be a little bit of “give” and the tendency to get a tad more of “take”, as in every married life. So, it is that in every home décor decision we may have to trade-off between what we want at all costs and what we could end up buying; and this brings me back to a few considerations for newlyweds to make while blending a home to their mutual agreement.

1.Make your home décor wish list

Reign free, let loose, let your imaginations run riot. Note down, presumably as a pair, the things you would like to change or enhance in your home. Here are three tips to get you going:

  • Blending in the colors:

Men are unlikely to settle for pink or yellow upholstery, and women are unlikely to agree on too much black and blue. The key, therefore, lies in blending the two choices; for instance, by settling for black leather sofa with yellow or white toss-cushions, and yellow-toned floor rug underneath. Similarly, try discussing an off-white (or beige) color on the bedroom walls with touches of floral wall-art or a mutually chosen wallpaper in mildly contrasting (darker) color.

  • Blending in furniture and accessories:

Habits and lifestyle are integral to this one. If a husband loves watching TV and wants it as the centerpiece (and you agree to it, but need to watch TV soaps yourself), complement the TV with a couple of black-and-white framed photographs of the couple on either side. Try agreeing to remove extra furniture from the bedroom to avoid cluttered or disorganized look. You may rather decide to add closed storage space (in the absence of a walk-in closet, but slim but spacious inside to make the bedroom spacious). The bed has to be the centerpiece, but you can add more décor through the walls and curtains (with red patterns on them), ceiling (with romantic, soft lighting), and flooring (preferably wall-to-wall carpet that is soft and cozy with hues of red to spark romance).

  • Imagine wonderful blends:

A harmonious mix of two distinct decorating styles can result in an excellent end result. Therefore, keep your options open and consider the “give and take” principle to blend in each other’s choices. Discuss and tinker around with choices in colors of the curtains and covers, placement of the array of decorative items at your disposal, where even just moving some of them around results in a new-look area, and suits both of your choices.

 

2.Budgeting for home décor

Now, this is by far the worst of the considerations to even start planning for, but surely one of the most important. The couple must ascertain the actual budget that can be spent “wisely” on the makeover. Think of the monthly inflow and outflow, the stash that was set aside (if it was set aside for this), and the bare minimum or maximum you both agree to spend quite happily to ensure your future is lively, yet peaceful. And think specific, as after the wish-list is complete, then starts another round of trade-off, like a wise one said, “To do or not to do, that is the question”. So, prioritize your wishes, if possible, with informed pricing, and consider phase-wise execution of the various rooms.

 

I am sure you are better financial managers than me, but do not make the mistake of forgetting to factor in the costs of labor to the material costs (like in case of a wallpaper and the wallpaper person). Lastly, do not freak out yet, there are many low cost makeover ideas which are discussed in the following section—so think of complementing those with your signature (costlier) choices.

 

3.Low-cost makeover ideas

Before you finalize your choices and start the budget considerations, please read through the following ideas to finally start penning your design blueprint on paper:

  • The kitchen (an attempt to achieve visual brilliance while keeping functionality intact):
  • Re-color the cabinet doors to match the rest of the color theme.
  • Consider wallpaper on the ceiling, and a table top over a neat dining table cover.
  • Invest a little on new set of hardware (cups, plates, bowls, and glasses to match).
  • Switch to colorful dishtowels and hand-towels instead of the ordinary white paper towels.
  • Keep the counters clean and empty when not in use, and use a tray to keep the essentials for functionality (but in identical looking mini-jars), if you really want them out at all times.
  • The living room:
  • Start with changing the fabric on the sofa sets.
  • How about dyeing your rug to match the color theme? Or, replace with a larger one?
  • Consider getting a professional artist to liven up the room with visually attractive, bright art.
  • It’s amazing what paint can do, so consider remixing the walls with pattern and plain paints.
  • Move around the furniture and the décor pieces to create a fresh look (you can remove all décor and start placing from scratch to succeed in the experiment).
  • The bedroom (an attempt to achieve low-cost improvements to spruce up a visual delight):
  • Repaint some of the furniture to match the color theme, especially the old furniture.
  • Upholster the headboard with your mutually chosen color of leather or fabric, or, paint it!
  • Wallpapers, again, this time to augment your headboard (or bright, creative wall art instead).
  • Replace cushions (or cushion covers) to suit your choice of colors, stripes, or floral patterns.
  • Ceiling-hung (homemade) curtains around the bed, a new (or revived) frame for your fav picture, moving furniture and décor items around... your creativity is the only limit.

 

4.Making the right decisions

Always start redecorating with a plan on paper; that way, you don’t end up overdoing or over-spending. Now then, start with a wish-list, consider the budget and the low-cost options, and then make the right decisions—building around the “wow” items that cost more, and thrifting on the cosmetic changes. Think of what your kitchen or living or bedroom or even bathroom really, really, needs for a change, and budget backwards to add lower costing items that can have an impact.

 

While you do so, and considering we spend at least a third of our lives in the bedroom, here are three bedroom tips specifically for newlyweds:

  • For starters, keep the laptops and work-related materials out of the bedroom, at least for the while; concentrate on the romance and a good night’s sleep.
  • Keep the room cool (with an AC or a fan), as well as with cool colors like greens, grays, and light blue, which are linked to nature and peacefulness.
  • Consider having thick curtains, plush rugs, and lots of cushions; these can help muffle the noise and contribute to peaceful sleep.

 



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