K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Silly)

Design Duets: How to Share a Space, Part 1

All marriages are happy. It’s the living together afterward that causes all the trouble.

Raymond Hull, Canadian playwright

Your hearts may “beat as one,” but when it comes to your decorating style, you and your significant other are marching to the beat of a different drummer. Merging your belongings is a democracy; not a dictatorship. Just because you’ve expressed contempt for his favorite recliner, doesn’t mean he’ll put it out with the trash. Find out how you can keep the peace during the decorating process.

First Comes Love

Just like your living arrangement, you’re looking for furniture that lasts. So now is a good time to follow these golden rules:  Measure, Inventory, and Toss. 

Measure – Get the dimensions of your new home as soon as you can. There’s no sense in fighting over something that doesn’t even fit through the front door! To ensure perfect placement, use Art Van Furniture’s  room planner to design a room, save your ideas, and printout your floor plan when you’re ready to buy.

Inventory  – Start with the larger furniture pieces first since these will take up the most space, but don’t forget to make a list of accent pieces you’ll need, too. Items like rugs, lamps, and mirrors are just as important to your new home.

Toss – Hold off getting rid of well-made furniture by thinking quality and value before color or finish. After all, you can always have it recovered, which will make you feel like you’re getting a new piece of furniture. And because you’re both involved in the decision-making process, you’ll have a better chance of getting a look you’ll both love. Remember, it’s much easier to get rid of things before you pack and move.

Come back for Part 2 tomorrow to find out what comes after love.


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