Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to compromise on colors in your home

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Do you have a spouse or significant other that has completely different tastes with regards to color and decor?  It is somewhat unnerving to try and find a compromise when you have two completely different tastes in colors working against each other.  Then end result can be a mixed batch of colors that each clash the same way you and your partner do.  Don't fret though, there are ways around this problem. Try these ideas below:

Merge your tastes into one. Sometimes the compromise can involve blending the two loved colors to create a new middle color you can both appreciate. For instance, he may love orange and she may love pink, a blend of these two colors will result in a peach or coral. Can it work? You can certainly play around with the possibilities. 

Meet in the middle with accessories. Additional compromises can be found in the form of finding décor that merges the two colors together. While this can be challenging, it may well be worth the effort. Area rugs, lamps, wall art that embrace different colors that appeal to you both can be a way to bridge the gap in your design problems. Finding these items can be hard, however if you are crafty, you may be able to do custom pieces yourself. 
 
Go neutral first. One way to play it safe is to make sure your largest surface areas in the space remain neutral. Adding custom pillows for a sofa that have colors you both love are great way to get both of your personalities on the same design page. You can also have drapes custom made, or do simple ones yourself. The idea is not to shut down and always give in to the other person, but to continue to find ways to meet somewhere in the middle with décor and design. 

Colors are changeable, and so they should be represented in décor that is less permanent as well. By keeping the strong color choices in the smaller details and the neutrals in the background we can always find ways to have our design voices heard and displayed without feeling like we got left out of the design choices.







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