The decision to move in together is a serious one and not to be taken lightly. Of the many considerations you’ll have to make, one of them is how you’ll merge two different interior design styles into one space. It doesn’t have to be as difficult as it might seem. Here are some tips.
If possible, move into a new space
The housing market being what it is, this may or may not be possible depending on where you live but it’s significantly easier to move into a space that’s new to both of you. Think of it as starting off with a fresh slate. A neutral space is much easier to work with as you both bring in different furnishings and accessories to fill it.
If this isn’t doable then one of you will be moving into the other’s person territory. For obvious reasons, this presents its own challenges. The person whose space it was initially is going to have to make some sacrifices to make room for the furnishings and accessories that the other is brining into the equation. A willingness to compromise is going to be a big test for your budding relationship.
Don’t worry too much about matching
The best interior designs tend to be somewhat eclectic, meaning that they incorporate a variety of styles and tastes. A mistake many couples make when they cohabitate is thinking that they need to replace all of their furnishings to select new ones that match perfectly. Avoid this mindset and whatever you do, don’t go out and purchase a whole collection. You may throw out some things and make some new purchases together but embrace the idea that your two different styles can work well together.
Some things will need to be purchased new
Art, collectibles, and other accessories and knick-knacks belonging to each partner can be integrated fairly easy into a cohesive interior design. There may need to be some sacrifices on both sides but for the most part, there shouldn’t be a need to go out and purchase new accessories.
Larger pieces that need to be functional and comfortable for each partner such as sofas, a mattress, and a dining table set should be purchased together. You can each sell your old furnishings to start a budget that can go towards these new purchases. Make a day out of it and head to a local furniture store and spend some serious time shopping for new furnishings for your new life together.
Striking the masculine-feminine balance
Each couple will have to decide how to strike this balance. Some choose to have a more masculine design for one room and a more feminine design in another while others aim for a balance in every room of the home. A great way to find a balance is to mix masculine textures like reclaimed wood or leather with a more feminine color palette-pastels and softer colors. You can also do the opposite by incorporating softer textures with a more masculine color palette.
A third approach is to go with a neutral design that isn’t feminine or masculine. For example, a black and white color scheme is completely neutral and can look great in any space.
Don’t rush it
Finally, and most importantly, don’t be in such a hurry to completely decorate the space. The best interior designs evolve slowly over time. It’s okay if the design is a little sparse at first. Take time to really fall in love with pieces before you purchase them and choose to spend a little more on high quality pieces that will last a long time.
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Any measurement greater than 7 3/8" inches (188)mm will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" inches (238)mm will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4"(140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4"(191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood ,tile or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraption receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.