Waltham, Mass. (PRWEB) May 23, 2006
A moving van deposits stacks of his and her boxes and furnishings at the newlywed’s residence – as they stare and wonder how to pull it all together.
"Couples receive lots of marriage advice, but little on creating a new home,” says Davis Remignanti, lead design consultant at Furniture.com (http://www.furniture.com).
He offers decorating tips to newly married couples on how to blend their styles to ensure that their happy new home doesn’t become a post-wedding house divided:
- Relax -- Don’t worry about what goes with what: Mix, don’t match. Your home, like your relationship, is about you as a couple. Follow your decorating instincts with pieces that suit both your interests and activities.
- R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Beware of underlying emotions. You’ll trample his feelings if you trash his well-worn recliner – a hand-me-down from Dad. Instead, get creative: Give it a corner in the bedroom if it’s a “no” for the living room.
- Prioritize -- Blending pieces from the past is one thing, shopping for new furniture is another. First step: List what’s needed most. While you’d love a sleek new armoire for the TV, how will it look if you’re sitting on a dorm-room futon?
- Budget -- Be realistic in setting spending limits and work within them. Ask as you shop: Will this be your “forever” dining room or just something to live with until you’re in a larger place? Saving for a better selection is an option, too.
- Get inspired -- Research as a couple. Pile together on the couch and scan newspapers, magazines, and TV shows. Discuss your friends’ homes. Find design inspiration and common ground. If you like cottage style and your spouse modern, rejoice in discovering you both prefer lighter wood tones and color schemes.
- Collaborate -- Many couples include one décor-conscious person and one “it’s just a chair” person. While one partner may be driving most decisions, for the long-term good of the relationship, involve the other. Don’t forget - it’s their home, too.
- Try it out – online -- Browse items, try lots of options, get a sense of the big picture, and see what fits where. Furniture.com's free Room Planner (http://www.furniture.com/roomplanner) offers a truly collaborative experience. Even better, once you’ve put together a room you both love, a few clicks of the mouse can turn the dream plan into a purchase.
- Keep it light -- Rome wasn’t built in a day. Remove the pressure from yourselves. Enjoy your first decorating experience as a couple by viewing it an opportunity to learn, and share what you love, about each other. Focus not only on the beautiful outcome of creating your new décor together – but the “bigger picture” as well – the start of your new life together.
Furniture.com (http://www.furniture.com) offers consumers the best of Internet shopping by merging the convenience, accessibility and ease of online shopping with the proven infrastructure of North America’s largest retail furniture chains. At Furniture.com, consumers quickly browse, compare and buy brand-name furniture and accessories, find decorating advice and product information, and utilize interactive design tools.
To complete the experience, Levitz, The Room Store, and Harlem Furniture in the U.S., and Leon’s Furniture in Canada, provide customer service and fast, in-home delivery.
Furniture.com, a privately-held company, backed by a private equity firm with over $1.0 billion in committed capital, is a member of BBBOnline, TRUSTe, and VeriSign. BBBOnline, TRUSTe, and VeriSign.
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