You met. You fell in love. Now, you’re consolidating furniture. Moving in together is a huge step in any relationship—it means you want to share a life together under the same roof. There are plenty of perks that come from living with the one you love, like always having someone to share pizza and binge-watch TV with on Friday nights. Unfortunately, moving in together also comes with its own set of challenges, like figuring out how to seamlessly fit two sets of furniture into one place. What’s the best way to sort it out, and how do you make your stuff mesh with your partner’s? Thankfully, we’ve put together some tips on how to combine styles:
First, Take Stock of What You Have
If you’ve been on your own for a while, it’s likely that you already have all the furniture you could ever need, and so does your partner. When you start unpacking boxes, you’ll probably find that you have two or more of everything, including couches, beds, kitchenware, appliances, etc. While it might be easy to determine whose washer and dryer you’ll move or what bed you’ll use, other things are trickier to sort out. On moving day, make an effort to take stock of what the both of you have as far as furniture and home décor goes. Once you determine how much stuff you have, you can start to figure out what you’re going to do with it. Who knows? While taking stock, you may discover an amazing piece of art your partner never bothered to hang up. Maybe they’ll fall in love with your bedroom set.
Figure Out What Actually Fits
Couples sometimes use moving in together as an opportunity to upgrade to a bigger space, which can eliminate the need to get rid of a lot of things. However, couples who can’t afford a bigger place will need to downsize the amount of items in their home. Together, you’ll need to judiciously decide how much stuff will comfortably fit into each room. Determine the amount of furniture the living room can hold and whether or not you’ll need anything to furnish an extra bedroom or home office. Once you’ve accounted for what can fit, you’ll need to let some things go. Luckily, there are certain items you can never have enough of, such as blankets, pillows, flatware, and wall art.
Diplomatically Decide What’s Going
This is the tricky part. As hard as we may try to fight it, we can all get a little attached to our belongings. When your partner calls something of yours “ugly” or “outdated,” feelings get hurt. When deciding what to keep and what to toss, be sensitive to your partner’s feelings and opinions. Don’t automatically assume that your styles can’t be mixed to create a cool, eclectic living space. Thoroughly examine each piece of furniture and consider its condition, size, and sentimental value to either you or your partner. To make things fair, compromise on as many items as possible so you can both feel comfortable with your decisions.
How to Actually Mix Your Styles
Are you obsessed with all things farmhouse and Joanna Gaines? Is your partner into clean lines and mid-century modern furniture? There’s no reason your styles can’t coexist—a lot of the time opposites can actually complement each other. For instance, you might have all-white linens and furniture, but your partner’s artwork and vintage ad collection could bring a splash of much-needed color to your décor. If you both have lots of artwork, consider displaying it all as a single, amazing gallery wall. The rule of thumb is that there are no set rules when mixing styles and colors. Try to keep similar-sized prints, artwork, and furniture together. Play around with the placement of colors, patterns, and wall art until you feel you have achieved the right balance.
You might love your uniform living room set, but try to remember that matching sets can start feel a little dull after awhile. Adding your partner’s furniture to the mix will make your space more interesting and layered. By combining your styles in the right ways, you and your partner can create a beautiful home that is sure to be the envy of your friends and family.