Q. My boyfriend and I don’t like the same things. He likes modern furniture and I really don’t. I like Spanish style homes. I want us to both like our place. How do we combine these 2 styles into one? – Leslie
A. With any design style there are elements to it that make it special and specific. If you can both incorporate those elements then you will like your new place together. Here are a few things to consider when you are combining design styles.
Be A Team
It certainly does matter whether or not one of you is just moving in, or if you are moving into a brand new place together. Really, you just want to be sure you’re making it feel like a new home for the two of you. If one of you is moving into the others place, you need to do al lot to make it feel like it’s for the both of you. Get rid of some things in order to allow for new pieces that make it your home as a couple.
Don’t forget that you are doing this together. Already, I think it’s great that you’re trying to find a way for both of you to be happy. Always try to check with the other when you are purchasing new items, or be cautious when disregarding the others existing items.
Oh this is so important. Clearly with two such different design styles in mind, you want to be sure you aren’t allowing yours to take over. Just try to compromise on all aspects. You can decide what is important to you individually, and then the two of you can work together to make sure this happens. Sometimes you wont get your way, but trust me, sometimes he wont either.
One great way to take elements from a design style is to use colors that define this style. Considering you prefer more of a Spanish aesthetic, I absolutely think this is where you can bring in a lot of vibrant colors. Try to incorporate some warmer colors with accessories, pillows, throws, and an area rug. Try not to use too many patterns and allow for your contrast in colors to do the talking.
Perhaps a rug that has some of the defining patterns you like would be nice, and will be tied in with your colorful pillow arrangement. The walls and larger pieces, like the sofa and arm chairs, can be a little more neutral and simple. Plus this will appeal to his more modern taste.
This is certainly where the two styles vary greatly. Again I think the larger pieces in the room can have cleaner lines to them. This makes it not only more masculine and modern, but it is still okay if your tastes change throughout the years. Even consider getting a table lamp that has a more modern style, but is perhaps copper or iron, or vice versa. Get a more traditional Spanish style lamp but be sure it has a cleaner finish or brighter color.
Basically, the key is to incorporate elements for both of you to enjoy in a very subtle way. This lamp here is a great example of this blend in styles.
Take It Simple and Slow
Don’t do your entire place at once. Take is slow and do a room at a time. If you take on too much it can be overwhelming and will no doubt cause some serious frustrations.
Do one small project at a time and it will go a whole lot smoother. Plus you can focus on each element and be sure that you two like it, and it’s a perfect complement to your overall design.
Hire A Designer
One of the best things about hiring a designer, is that they can act as moderator. It can be stressful, and having a non biased third-party makes everything so much smoother.
Blending two different style together seamlessly can be difficult. So hiring someone who can do this with ease makes for a nicer looking home. I mean that’s what the two of you are trying to go for right?
If you don’t believe me. Check out the Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer or Decorator, and you will see how this will make your place look nicer, and probably even safe you some arguments as well.