So you’re thinking about moving in with your partner? This is so exciting (and maybe a little nerve-wracking!) But don’t worry, with these handy interior tips, moving in with your partner will be smooth sailing and you’ll create a living space that you both love.
Have a fresh start
Your current finances will depend on how much of a ‘fresh start’ you have but maybe think about selling some of your old furniture so you can go and buy some new things together. You don’t have to get rid of everything, but there are some key things you may want to get together, such as the sofa (you both want to find it comfortable after all) or perhaps invest in new curtains and consider colour schemes for each room as a couple.
The biggest change when you move in together will be space; another person means more belongings. This means you’re going to need to get smart with storage. Of course, space will depend on how big the place you’re moving to is, but you will likely have more things when you live together.
Look into investing in built-in shelving. This will make the most of the available space thanks to being customised to first a specific space from the ceiling to floor.
Another great storage solution is to invest in a divan bed. Divan Beds Centre has a range of beds with traditional draws built-in as well as sliding doors to make it even easier in smaller spaces.
Combine your tastes
If you like plain walls but your partner wants to make a statement with the decoration, you should come to a nice middle ground. How about a solid colour?
We understand that bright stripes, florals or polka dot wallpaper is not to everyone’s taste, but a nice solid colour wall can still be natural while making a statement. Pale pinks, blues and greens are always a hit in interiors. You could even get one room to design each and one room to design as a couple.
It’s great for both of you to have your own space, so if you’re a reality TV lover and they’re a gamer, try and have a space where you can do the things you both like. This could mean having a designated spare room where you have a TV and games console and then another TV in the living room. It will mean no one has to sacrifice doing what you enjoy and you can have a sofa bed in the spare room so it will double as a guest room.
Add both of your personalities
Neither of you wants to make too many compromises – the home is a representation of both of you. A great way to make it perfect is to add both of your personalities. Pictures are an easy way to do this while also showcasing your memories. Let them have a space for their film memorabilia and you can steal a shelf for your collection of crystals or your favourite books. Living together is about compromise and letting each other have an equal amount of ownership over the space.
Whether you’ve bought your house or are renting together at first, you don’t want to rush making it a home. There are some things you can buy straight away, but little bits such as accessories can be added over time – instead, enjoy every moment of designing your home together.