The most important thing when moving in together is not to break-up due to individual differences in home design. Nevertheless, it is to master the art of the deal in sharing a space. In the interior design business, I meet with couples that have very different interior ideas. Furthermore, this puts me right in the middle of a “war zone.” This by far the most challenging part of the interior design business. So, to get couples to come to the table and negotiate can be daunting.
Here are some cute ideas to the art of the deal:
You love the black, and bronze in the kitchen. Your partner prefers all-white, invite your partner into the kitchen to prepare a meal together as part of the negotiation strategy. Many deals have been made over a delicious meal, getting your partner to agree while soothing the palette and ultimately their tummy may give you the upper hand. And don’t forget to mix in a lot of laughter.
Find a way to Compromise-if your partner wants an 80-inch LED SMART TV, and you want the 40 inch. Time to meet in the middle with a 65 inch, it may be perfect.
Your significant other may want a pool table, you want a ping-pong table. But your space is limited and can’t accommodate both, what to do? Communication is key! Suggest to your partner that the pool table looks better at the local bar. What a great incentive for a date night or just a night out with friends. Another option, would be to go with your designer’s suggestion and get the pool table that converts into a ping-pong table.
The key to the art of the deal in sharing the space is to Compromise, communicate, laughter, and a qualified interior designer to guide you both out of the war zone and into the LOVE ZONE!
Happy Valentine Everyone! Vanessa Deleon Bournias