So you’ve decided to take the plunge and move in together. YAY! Now comes the hard part – combining all your stuff, and a bedroom makeover.
Doing a complete bedroom makeover when you’re already in a relationship isn’t really that different than when you’re single. If you’ve ever tried styling your own room, you probably already know the drill: figure out the central theme, collect a few key pieces as decor and start styling the space based on what you came up with.
Understandably, that last part could be a bit daunting, especially to couples who have only just moved in together. After all, this time you have to do this with your partner, who may or may not have the same sense of style as you. If you’re having trouble, here are some of the best bedroom makeover tips for young couples!
Think about the main theme of your room
Before you get down to business, first visualize what you want your room to look like. Is your aesthetic more Boho Chic or does it lean toward Mid Century Modern? As a young couple, you probably want to have your own space to relax, unwind and de-stress with your partner.
When it comes to deciding on the main theme, the best tip would be to think about how you want to feel upon entering the room. Do you want it to make you feel sleepy? Darker-colored walls and dimmer lights could do the trick. Romantic? Warm or neutral colors and a cozy bed would be perfect. An all-around space to do your own thing? Dimmable daylights and an adjustable bed with comfortable mattresses are recommended.
Remember, your bedroom is your own private haven at home. Only you and your partner can decide on the purpose you want it to serve.
Maximize the space for both of you
Unlike in your bachelor pad where you could use all the space for yourself, living together means sharing a bedroom together. This means that allocating and maximizing the space for the two of you is important. Everyone has their own items and finding a place to keep them is an absolute necessity.
Another helpful tip is to employ tricks that could give the illusion of a bigger room. For example, installing your curtain rod at the very top of the wall and using curtains that reach all the way to the floor makes it seem that your ceiling is way higher than it actually is. Attaching a full length mirror that takes up at least half of one wall could also greatly enhance the space, since the mirror can fool our brain into thinking that a room is much bigger, and brighter, than it really is.
Add lots of organizers and drawers
Maximizing space, and using it well, is a must. But what if you don’t have a big bedroom? If your space is already limited in the first place, there’s no denying that it’s going to be much harder to find designated areas for everything.
That said, even though it may be more difficult, nobody said it was impossible. There’s a trick to staying organized even if you have a small bedroom, and that’s adding lots of organizers and drawers. Think of all the wasted space that any typical bedroom could have. Try storing things you don’t need all the time, like seasonal clothing pieces, under the bed. There are all kinds of underbed storage solutions out there. If you have a tall piece of furniture like an armoire or chifforobe, you may have a lot of unused space at the top. A shelf or two to keep things you don’t need often is a great storage solution and design hack in one.
Start thinking of how you can use that unused space to your advantage. It may take a little creative thinking, but there are storage solutions everywhere. Organizers are an affordable way to utilize that space without having to change any existing furniture. If you haven’t purchased furniture for your room yet, see about a custom-built piece that has built in storage. Oftentimes, these pieces aren’t much more than a quality piece of furniture.
Decide on what you want as a couple
Some couples are lucky to like the same things. Some, however, are not. If you belong to the latter group, then you’ll know just how difficult it can be to sway your partner towards your design aesthetic.
When it comes to styling your bedroom together, the most important thing is to decide on what you want as a couple. Will you get a couch for the side or a sofa bed? Are you going to go with carpet or hardwood flooring? Would you rather have blinds or blackout drapes?
Your relationship is far more important than any styling decision that you could possibly make. Avoid fights and disagreements by making sure that both of you agree with the choices being made. Each side may have to give a little, but that’s part of being in a relationship. If you can’t come to an agreement, it’s best to have further discussions to find a solution together. After all, you’re not the only one who is going to sleep in that bedroom – your partner is, too.
Combine your styles together
The hardest part in the styling process as a young couple? Actually coming together and combining your individual styles into one matching design that you’ll both be happy with.
If your partner likes green but you absolutely hate it, it may be frustrating to come up with something that you can agree on. While it’s tempting to let one of you decide the final outcome of the design, it’s much more satisfying if both of you can successfully incorporate your own ideas for your shared private space.
You don’t have to be stuck with a leafy green wall if you don’t like the color. However, you may want to compromise by adding other green accents to the room, be it a mint green comforter, a set of blue green pillows, or some lush potted plants near the window. Chances are, your partner has been making design and aesthetic concessions as well.
In the end, it all depends on how far you’re willing to compromise so everyone feels like you got the room that they’ve always wanted.