Creating a shared space as a couple can be challenging. After all, you spend more time in your bedroom than in any other room in the house! If you and your partner are both sensitive to noise, choosing an open concept design for your new home is probably not the best idea. In addition, you may find that the minor things become sources of conflict if you fail to plan on how to decorate your bedroom as a couple living together. However, there are many ways to do this successfully so that you both feel at home and comfortable sharing this space. Check out these tips for decorating your bedroom as a couple and keeping peace in the process!
Talk about what you want before you begin buying
Although it may feel more natural to just start decorating, you should discuss your core aesthetic and design preferences before making any purchases. This will help ensure that neither of you feels as though you’re compromising too much. Discussing your favourite colours, textures, patterns (or lack thereof), furniture styles, and tones for the walls can all go a long way in ensuring that your bedroom reflects you both and is truly a space you share. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to decorating your bedroom, you can draw inspiration from rooms of your favourite houses, hotels, or even Pinterest! If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can create your own design inspiration board by sourcing images of your favourite styles and aesthetics.
Keep the main areas of your bedroom neutral
Although it may seem counterintuitive, neutral tones are a great way to ensure that both of you can decorate the space to your tastes. For example, if you paint the walls, consider a light grey, white, or beige colour. These colours will suit all types of furniture and decor items. Alternatively, you can choose to decorate with textured wallpapers or a simple patterned wallpaper. Whichever route you take, keeping the main areas of your bedroom neutral is essential. This will allow both of you to decorate the rest of the room to your taste without clashing or causing arguments.
Decide on a shared space and a solo space
If your bedroom only has one bed, you may have to designate one side of the room as the shared space and one side as the solo space. This might feel a bit awkward initially, but it’s an important decision. For example, you may want to designate the side of the room with the window as the solo space so that your partner can enjoy the natural light during the day. Or, you may want to choose the side of the room near the door for privacy. Whatever you decide, stick with it so that both of you have a designated space to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Use scent to relax and relieve tension
Certain scents can go a long way in creating a soothing and relaxing environment. For example, you may want to try using essential oils or a scented candle in the bedroom. This can be especially helpful when tensions are running high at the end of the day. You can also try using scents to mark special occasions or holidays. For example, you can use cinnamon or apple scents around the holidays or vanilla scents on Valentine’s Day. If you struggle to choose a scent or don’t know where to start, you can also try scented sprays or lotions. These are great for adding a touch of fragrance to your décor. You can also use them to mark special occasions.
Create visual boundaries with furniture
If you and your partner have opposing tastes, you may feel constantly competing for space in the bedroom. This can strain the peace and comfort of the shared space. To remedy this, you can use furniture to create visual boundaries. For example, you can use one side of the room for your partner’s side of the closet and the other side of the room for your own. You can also use furniture to create a shared space in the middle of the room. This can be useful if your partner likes to read in bed while you prefer to lie down. Finally, you can use a small table or a dresser to create a neutral space in the middle of the room where the two of you can each be comfortable.
Lay Down The Law With Furniture
Decorating your bedroom does not have to be a drawn-out process. Instead, you can start shopping for furniture and decorations as soon as you know that you’re moving in together. However, if you’re picking out furniture with your partner, you must do so with an eye toward the future. While you want to ensure that your partner feels comfortable in the bedroom, you also don’t want to make them feel boxed in or uncomfortable in their own space. This can lead to resentment or feelings of being trapped. Instead, keep these tips in mind as you shop for furniture with your partner. For example, when choosing a bed, you can choose a king-size bed or a larger queen-size bed. You may also want to choose a taller bed frame if one is tall; fortunately, plenty of bed shops cater to tall people.
Light, light, and more light!
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your bedroom feels comfortable, peaceful, and neutral is by choosing lighting that complements your décor and style. You may also want to consider dimmers for the lights in your bedroom if you have different sleeping schedules. This can go a long way in ensuring that you both feel comfortable and relaxed in the space. You can also use lighting to create a shared space in the middle of the room.
Don’t neglect the storage!
You may be tempted to fill your room with furniture and decorations, but make sure to leave space for storage. First, you’ll need space for books, clothes, and other items. If you don’t have much space or live in a small home or apartment, you may want to consider getting a storage ottoman or a wall-mounted shelf. These are fantastic pieces of furniture that double as storage and help you keep organised. You can also repurpose large wooden crates as shelves or tables in the bedroom. These items will help keep the room tidy while adding a rustic, DIY touch to the space.
You and your partner share a lot in your lives together. For example, you may spend more time together than you do with your own families. So it makes sense that you would also want to share a room. But it’s important to remember that you’re both individuals and have different tastes, desires, and needs.