Renovating a new home is far from a walk in the park. You’re spending all your weekends in furniture stores, your wallet is crying for help, and you feel like you’re going to scream if you see yet another laminate sample.
But those are foreseeable, at least. What most people don’t realise is that the biggest headache is coming to an agreement on styles with your partner.
I was fortunate in that my husband ceded to my choices for most of the apartment, even though we have different styles. I wanted light and airy; he wanted dark and practical. I wanted floors in the palest wood possible; he wanted something warmer, so that “dirt and hair would be less visible”. Ultimately, we came to a compromise: he would design his study and our kitchen according to his preferences, but I would have the final say in the overall aesthetic of the home.
It wasn’t easy reaching this compromise – we had plenty of arguments, but along the way we figured out some techniques that helped us discuss the renovation in a constructive way. Here are the top three.