Decorating for Couples: When Styles Clash

We all know that opposites attract, but it can be tricky when those opposites try to work together to create a new interior design. The home decor can become a mismatched mess if you don’t put the right opposites together.

Here are some suggestions on how to blend two different design styles into a harmonious motif.


Female interior designer with two clients at office choosing colors


Set the expectations early. Before you embark on your redesign, sit down and agree on the basics: budget, color palette, types of furnishings, as well as what should stay and what should go. This will help to smooth out the transition process. Make sure that all parties in the home are represented in the design.


Young woman choose tiles


Listen. In my time as an interior designer, I have noticed that many couples have a single “nester,” and it’s the nester who makes 99% or more of the design choices. It’s important that the main designer really listen to the other party. If they hesitate before responding to a query, or suggest that you don’t need to purchase a particular item, that may be their way of saying, “that really doesn’t reflect my taste.”

Need a design mediator to help bring harmony to your New Orleans home decor? Contact Susan Currie Design.


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