Decorating your new marital home is an exciting way to reflect both you and your partner’s style, but choosing the right pieces of furniture can be a little overwhelming when searching for pieces that are stylish and durable. Your first furnishings can be as simple or ornate as you like, but you will definitely want to opt for pieces that look great together and that will last for several years.
The Basics of Merging Furniture
Merging your belongings with your partners can be one of the biggest challenges to setting the theme for your new home together. Compromise is key when choosing which furnishing to keep for your home, and which need to be replaced. If you are planning on totally replacing larger pieces, such as sofas and dining tables, then you will want to shop together to make sure both parties like the new design. For most newlyweds, money can be a big factor in choosing furniture, as well.
To save money, you may want to consider purchasing some pieces that will last for many, many years and others that can be replaced later on. A top-of-the-line dining room table, for example, will last for a long time while also being versatile enough to fit into many different decorating themes over the years as your style changes if you opt for a natural wood finish. In fact, neutral colors are often ideal for long term items. Natural wood, whether dark or light, can be ideal for those items that you want to keep around for the future.
Sofas and Other Living Room Furnishings
Choosing living room furnishings is the highlight of most newlywed shopping experiences. Most of your time is spent in the living room, lounging, reading, or even just watching television. A comfortable set of living room furniture is important, but so is looking for something that fits into the home nicely. Measure your living room space before going shopping to be sure you are getting something that isn’t too big to fit properly, but that also fills the empty space in the room nicely.
The materials used in living room furnishings are often important. Leather, faux leather, and traditional canvas type sofas and chairs are all choices that are available today. Leather is easy to keep clean, while canvas and other cloth options can be more suited to homes with richer, traditional themes. If you are the person in charge of choosing furnishings, take the time to ask your partner for their opinion before you buy, as well. You may find that looking at styles of sofas and other living room furniture online is a simple way to find out their opinions on the styles available, without having to drag them out window shopping on a Saturday when they have other plans.
Keep It Simple
When you are decorating your first home as a couple the simplest thing that you can do is to take your time and respect your partner’s opinions on the styles and types of furnishings you select. It can take a few weeks or months to choose the right furniture and accessories for your home, but the end result will be one that makes you both happy and comfortable in the home.