Decorating the home has long been perceived as the realm of women. Women read the shelter magazines, follow blogs and discuss things like wallpaper patterns and area rugs. Men are thought to not care about the color of walls or whether they have carpet or hardwood floors in the bedrooms. This stereotype isn’t true for most couples.
Many couples enjoy building a home together and that includes decorating. If you visit a large home improvement store on the weekend you’ll see couples shopping together for lighting and other things for their home.
Decorating as a couple will mean that your home will reflect both your personalities. Of course this can be done when just one member of the couple is in charge of decorating, but a collaborative effort is best. Collaborating on any project means compromise. The all pink master bedroom might be toned down with grey walls and pink accents.
More gender neutral spaces like bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms are great examples of places where couples should collaborate on décor. Choosing flooring and other major purchases like lighting and seating should be agreed upon by both. For larger pieces you might find you both agree to go neutral or can compromise with a color you both like. Favorite colors can be included as accent pieces. Details and accents can be more personal to each of you. Include photos of your life together as well as sentimental items for your past to remind you of your life together. Remember, this is a home for both of you.