Building the Newlywed Home

July 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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You’re hitched! You’re ready to start living in wedded blissand that all begins by moving in together. Easier said than done. Moving in together can be one of the first challenges newlyweds face. Whether you are trying to integrate two individual styles or are entirely in sync, marriage requires equal participation in the decision making.

The reality is that as two separate humans, there are going to be moments when you don’t agree, but making your house a home doesn’t have to be one of them. Here’s a look at choosing and decorating your soon-to-be homewith your own newlywed spin.

First Steps

Moving into your first home together is an exciting part of marriage. But the home buying process can be intimidating for first-time buyersparticularly when you’re already stressed about planning a wedding. If you have yet to decide on a home, then there are some important considerations to keep in mind.

For starters, it’s essential that you both remain mindful of what you can afford. Financial strife is the last thing you want to tackle in the early stages of a marriage. Make a budget of your current expenses before starting the house hunting process. If you plan on financing your home, then take steps to understand your mortgage payments and how this expense will fit into your monthly budget.

After assessing your finances, it’s important to agree on what you want from a home. A real estate investment is no joke so be sure that you are on the same page. Sit down with each other and discuss your wants and needs. See where you are willing to compromise and understand what you both consider to be necessities. That said, remember that this will likely be a starter home and doesn’t have to be perfect right away. Once you’ve found a home, it’s time to personalize it with home decor.

Living Room

The living room is the center of every home. Make your newlywed space one that reflects your personalities. You will most likely use your living room space to relax after work, sit and read, snuggle and watch a movie, or to host gatherings with family and friends. Developing your style while taking into consideration the functionality begins with the furniture. Choose furnishings that contribute to the atmosphere you aim to achieve. Choose a focal point to bring attention to–this can be a fireplace, television, or art. Invite conversation to this gathering space by arranging seating that allows people to see face to face.

Kitchen

Your newlywed kitchen will be another centerpiece to your home. You may be the couple that frequently orders out or one that cooks and cleans every meal together. Regardless of your lifestyle, a clean and organized kitchen will always be functional and ready for use. If you want to find ways to connect and bond as a couplethe kitchen can be a great place. Try planning and preparing a few meals together each week. This will not only give you practice collaborating as a couple, but you’ll also be gaining new skills and maybe even find your signature dish.

Dining Room

The meal is prepared and ready to be served, now you only need a good place to enjoy it. Making the dining room a pleasant and inviting place begins with understanding your needs. The dining area should be practical and functional to your lifestyle. Whether your dining table seats two or twelve, make the space comfortable and inviting by adding good lighting.

If you haven’t already gathered your perfect dinnerware from your registry, take the opportunity to select a set that fits your personality and has longevity. When it comes to decorating, find ways to add personal touches or a few custom details to enhance your space like adding painted accent walls, hanging some artwork, and selecting some houseplants.

Bathroom

For many newlyweds, the bathroom can quickly become a sore spot. Take the opportunity to reflect on your own bathroom habits. If your bathroom is a small space, try to find creative storage solutions that can help you keep your bathroom tidy and clutter free. This will help solidify this space as one that can be shared.

The bathroom can also be a place for romance. If you have a bathtub or shower you can enjoy together, try enjoying each other’s company. Pamper yourselves with some high-quality towels and toiletries, and maybe even splurge on a pair or robes too.

Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary and to kick it all off, and you need to have a mattress that you both love. The expense is one you’ll need to decide together, but keep in mind that a good mattress can be worth the expense and one that will serve you for many years to come. If you both have different needs and preferences, try looking at a mattress that offers adjustable settings to help you both sleep comfortably together.

Outdoors

Treat this space as an extension of your living room. Whether your home is located in a wide-open range, or a tight city spacefinding ways to connect with the outdoors can be useful for your health. From the smallest patio to an oversized backyardthere are plenty of ways to make a comfortable outdoor space you’ll love. Add some seating, outdoor plants, and maybe even a bird-feeder. The only thing that matters is that you make it speak to your needs. Determine how you will use the spacebe it for entertaining or a quiet place to meditate.

Designing a space of your own is something many newlyweds look forward to. Be thoughtful, considerate, add a touch of creativity, and blending those two styles will be the perfect match, and remember not to blow your entire budget on the ceremony and reception, as that money you saved after is going to come in handy here.

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