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It’s official! You have moved in with eachother, embarking on relationship bliss. But wait, how are you going to decorate your home with two obviously contrasting styles and mismatched furniture?  Typically, men and women have polar opposite home decorating ideas so blending styles can be a bit complicated.  Here are a few tips on how to integrate your ideas with your partners and still have a well designed home.

Tip #1  -  Selecting Furniture

Men tend to be drawn towards furnishings built to stand the test of time, while maintaining maximum comfort.  They go for functionality over design, where as women prefer the look and style of a particular piece.  So when you and your mate are shopping for your room, opt for well designed furniture that is stable and reliable.  Find good looking and sturdy pieces at  Pottery Barn, Room and Board, Ethan Allen or Bo Concept.

Tip #2  –  Colorizing.

Picking out paint colors can be grueling when couples don’t see eye to eye.  The majority of men gravitate towards a more muted neutral color palette such as tans and browns.  Women seem to be attracted to colors that are bright, pastel, or the latest trend in magazines. The best way to meet in the middle when it comes to selecting hues is to mix and match colors. Popular combinations are chocolate brown & berry red, yellow & grey, taupe & spa blue.

Compromising is key when it comes to designing a home together. Talk to your partner about your top five needs and why they are important to you and listen to theirs.  More than likely there will be a design solution that will fit both of your desires.

Tune in this Friday and we’ll show you designs that unite masculine and feminine styles.

With decorating love,

Day Design & Decor

Pin-point your decorating style with our interior design theme guide.

Traditional Style

This timeless style can be defined as classic, elegant, and formal. Typically, furnishings are in 18th Century English, 19th Century Neo-Classical, and British Colonial Revival designs. Color palette is in the mid-tones with rich solid floral, plaid and stripe fabrics. Shop at Ethan Allen and William Sonoma Home for traditional furniture.

Transitional

Transitional is basically a combination of Traditional and Contemporary designs.  Mix and match formal traditional pieces and modern sophisticated lines to pull off this look.  Pottery Barn , Crate & Barrel and Day Design & Decor are popular sources for Transitional furnishings.

Contemporary Style

Clean crisp and linear furniture with little frills or decoration define Contemporary style. Sleek geometric shapes with neutral to bright color palette with the latest modern trends or classic pieces.  The best shops to find contemporary furnishings is  Day Design & Decor, Bo Concept or West Elm.

Mid-Century Modern

Modern classics designed in post war 1950′s & 1960′s era heavily influence this design genre. From warm Danish wooden furniture to modern leather and chrome tubing chairs. You can achieve this look by shopping at Design With in Reach and Antique Stores.

Hollywood Regency

Hollywood Regency is essentially all that glitters, making each rooms red carpet ready. Think of what classic movie stars of the 50′s would buy for their home and shop at 1st Dibs, Day Design & Decor, or Estate sales.

Spanish Mediterranean

This decor embodies all the warmth and romance of Spainish culture. Ornately carved and rustic woods, rich velvet textures, and warm spicy colors achieve the look and feel of the Mediterranean. Achieve this style by shopping at Accents of Salado.

Eclectic

Anything goes in an Eclectic room. Mix colors, textures, patterns, shapes and design styles to make your own artistic statement.  Take your pick of unique accents from ZGallerie, Plantation Design, or Day Design & Decor.

Shabby Chic

Vintage antique furniture that appears to be painted several times is the charm of Shabby Chic.  Fabrics are inspired by old french linens, usually tea stained or bleached out cottons with muted pastel accents.  The best place to shop for fancy distressed painted furniture and accents is at Anthropologie or local antique stores.

Coastal

A cool misty breeze coming off the ocean is what I feel when entering a Coastal designed home. Relaxing, warm, light and airy with soft linen fabrics mixed with woven sea grass accents. Get this look from stores like Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Rustic Lodge

This decor is fit for the Great Outdoors. Furniture made of unfinished wood, neutral color palette, hand forged iron hardware, leather and cowhide fabrics, and rural accents form a Rustic Lodge interior.  Shop at Cabela’s for furnishings suitable for a cabin in the woods.

Tuscany

Sunny and cozy sensation of an Italian Country side villa is the allure of Tuscany design. Soft fabrics drenched in sunshine colors with dark distressed wood, ornate iron accents, and ancient stone finishes bring this look together. Obtain this style from stores like Drexel Heritage.

Zen / Asian

Peace and tranquility of a Zen home is accomplished through warm rich colors and minimalistic and Asian inspired furniture. This is a perfect design to incorporate elements of Feng Shui, especially when advised from my favorite expert The Feng Shui Guy.