Living a harmonious post-wedding life might seem a little daunting to pessimists, as there may well be times when your relationship with your new spouse will be a little strained – but breaking your new life down into manageable chunks will make for a seamless transition from fiances to cohabitors.
This post will provide some simple, actionable steps towards home harmony, paving the way for a blissful life together in the future.
Make your home fit for the two of you
If you’re newly cohabiting, things could get a little fraught if you’re not used to each other’s quirks and individual behaviours. To avoid silly things becoming big issues in the home, remember that you don’t have to spend every waking hour together when at home. In fact, factoring your differing passions into a unified interior design can lead to a more harmonious relationship in the long term.
For example, if one of you is passionate about arts and crafts, consider creating an art studio in a spare room so you’re not stepping on your other half’s toes while they indulge their passion. This kind of balance is key in any newlywed home, so whether it’s an art studio or a model railway, be sure to make room for passions – however baffling they may be to your other half!
Make design decisions together
This step is absolutely vital. You don’t want to spend the time and effort repainting furniture in a certain colour, only for your spouse to turn around months (or even years) later and decide that they, in fact, hate that particular shade you chose.
Be sure to reach a consensus on everything, regardless of how long it might take to get there. From shelving to wallpaper to the three-piece suite, making joint design decisions will empower you both and help you to create a newlywed nest fit for a long future together.
Make your living area cosy
There might be a short period of getting used to each other’s presence in the home, but once that’s over, you’ll want a cosy space made for the two of you to relax in together on weeknights and beyond.
A snug two-seat sofa, combined with cosy throws and a footrest, is an ideal venue for lengthy Netflix sessions where all you want to do is shut out the outside world and spend some lazy time together. Make the room extra special by adding framed photos of your big day, alongside cherished family heirlooms and artworks, so the space truly reflects who you are as a couple.
Make a beautiful bathroom
Once your living room is cosy as can be, you should also turn your eye towards beautifying your bathroom – as this is a shared space that can become very messy with minimal effort.
Upgrading the whole bathroom into an opulent, spa-style affair will help you both take pride in its appearance. A whirlpool bath, a cleansing rainfall-style shower head and a dazzling vanity mirror are all essentials for a truly ‘grown up’ bathroom that’ll be a solid fixture of your married life.
Of course, any harmonious home should include dashes of your own creativity wherever possible. Little quirks that make the two of you a great team should be given pride of place in your new home. After all, it’s yours, so why not make it a little kooky?
Moosa Adam works at 1 Click Bathrooms, the UK’s online one-stop shop that helps homeowners build their dream bathroom piece by piece.