V-Day Design Date: 7 Tips for Sharing Spaces

Do you live in a masculine versus feminine design war zone? Newlyweds, couples, and even roommates can often have tastes that clash and it can turn into a daily battle over your right to feel at home.
 
So why not call a truce, especially if you are losing, and start planning a shared space that works for the two of you? This can be a romantic surprise or a singles celebration that you work on together. Try out these seven tips to kick off a Valentine’s Day project where you create the best unisex home ever.
 
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1. Safety First
 
Now is the time to decide if this effort is better as a surprise or if it is something you can do together. If you know the the person you live with gets really angry when you move their stuff or if you don’t think you know their style enough to make decisions, that’s OK. Maybe the V-Day effort involves a night of drinks and design. Go out and get paint samples, catalogs, all kinds of design inspiration, and their favorite spirit or bottle of wine. Let them plan away, and if the design goes in a bad direction, have an extra bottle ready.
 
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2. Leap of Faith
 
There is a thin line between compromise and ambiguity. The trick is not to create areas that are so plain, they are void of both of your personalities. If you are going to make the other person happy, then do what needs to be done in that space. Find another area that you can make yours. If you give up control of the living room, then you can take the office, or den. Choose wisely and stick with it.
 
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3. Organizing Chaos
 
Good storage is key when sharing spaces. Otherwise things go missing, the house is a wreck, and tempers will flare. Make great storage a priority and come up with solutions that work for everyone and look great. If you like the way it looks neat, you will both want to keep it that way.
 

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Plan Chest

 
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4. So Many Shades of Gray
 
The striking contrast between black and white is always very captivating. However, when you are trying to find common ground between two people, the subtlety of different gray can be an important adhesive that holds all your other colors together.
 
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5. Blue & Green, Blue-Green
 
This spring will be all about cool blues and greens. Luckily there are a lot of shades of both that work for masculine and feminine tastes.
 
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6. Draw the line
 
The Brady Bunch knew what they were talking about. Sometimes the best way to make a large space work is to divide it. There are plenty of ways to create custom room dividers that can be moved when you need the space. This might be a good way to have a little separation between areas so both people feel like they have their space without it being hostile.
 

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7. Can you see yourself?
 
When it’s all over, can you see yourself living in the home comfortably as well? The effort is about creating a space for the both you. It’s not about you moving into the closet. You did something awesome, they will be ok with you being part of the space.
 
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