Mixing Styles – His vs. Her when decorating

A common debate that comes up with couples when decorating their home… is we have different styles how do we mix them together? I find it isn’t style, it is more about what each person wants to have in the space. My solution is something  I like to call storytelling decorating. While I am not a marriage counselor, I am serving as a negotiator for having a happy family home.

His and Her collections – This is where I will find rooms to showcase things that having meaning to both him and her. I then try to create a family story with photos and collectibles from travels. There are times I divide rooms up, “Office Him”, “Bedroom Her”, so that each person has a special space and the rest of the home is about telling the story of their family throughout the house.

Karen’s Home

Pillow Fight – She wants pillows lots of them and he wants one. In your bedroom, she will make up the bed if she wants decorative pillows (my solution with my husband). In the family room, his chair will go without the pillow and her sofa will have them. A simple compromise.

Classic Mix Bedroom

Color War – What to paint? She wants bold – he wants minimal. Keep the walls neutral and add bold elements with art and accessories. It is also easy to switch out colors more often.

Room Service

The Man Chair – Instead of disagreeing about a chair, focus on its function in the space.  Does he just want a comfy chair to watch TV and she want a pretty sofa? Layout how you want the furniture to function first and then look at the style of arms and backs to make sure they are cohesive. Their so many leather chairs out their now that don’t have to look like the Superbowl party man chair, they have electric remotes and very comfortable cushion choices that still fit in the style of what she was wanting. This is often the case when I decorate spaces he just wants something comfortable for him in the room.

Collected Home

Happy Decorating!  Karen


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