Renovating your home or apartment puts a strain on even the strongest couples.
Whoever devised the vows brides and grooms make when they get married didn’t take into account the results of a study showing that 12% of couples consider divorce when renovating their home.
Renovating a house or apartment puts a strain on even the strongest couples. From arguments over design, materials and budgeting to the stress of a month or two of living in what looks like a real building site, it’s easy to see why home renovation can turn into a turning point for any couple. If you and your partner are planning a renovation project, here are the mistakes you should watch out for so you don’t encounter any of the above problems:
The one compromise you don’t have to make
A healthy couple relationship means that each partner is also willing to make some compromises for the sake of the other. But when it comes to renovating your home, there’s only one compromise you shouldn’t make. Some couples agree that each is responsible for the design of a room according to their own tastes and desires. But this only divides spaces and creates a rift, say interior designers. Everyone will want to spend time in the room they have designed, and the time spent together will be reduced. In addition, dissatisfaction can arise even when the two resort to such a compromise.
The solution is to choose a neutral style that combines certain masculine elements with the elegance and finesse of some of the details that women like. For example, if you take a look at these living room furniture designs, you’ll see how easy it is to combine all your and your partner’s desires to furnish the shared space in your home where you spend most of your time. As you can see in the pictures, there are options to match both tastes, and the choice will become as simple as possible.
Big-screen TVs are the reason 9 out of 10 couples fight
Men are usually attracted to the idea of having a big-screen TV, preferably a latest generation model with lots of features, on which they can watch football matches of their favourite team, TV series or documentaries in 4k resolution. On the other hand, women are more concerned about saving space and won’t want to take up half the living room with a huge TV, which will take up a lot of space and the overall cost of renovation.
Fortunately, there are enough sizes of TVs on the market to find a model to suit both women and men. Think about how much time you spend watching your favourite TV series or shows and you’ll see if it’s worth the investment.
Budget, a sensitive subject for any couple
The budget allocated to a renovation is adjusted at least twice, depending on the extent of the home transformation plan. This can lead to misunderstandings, especially if one of the partners presses for cheaper workmanship or materials at the expense of quality.
The budget allocated to a renovation should not exceed your financial possibilities and make you over-indebted, especially if you already have other payments. Having said that, you need to look in perspective: a well-done work, with quality materials, will be more resistant over time, and therefore more economical in the long run.
The colour of your home, the eternal cause of quarrel in couples
The colours in which you paint your apartment or house or the colour of the furniture can cause endless arguments in a couple, especially if your ideas are diametrically opposed. Colours reflect our personality, and in home design they can make the difference between a room with a relaxed, relaxed atmosphere and one that energises you or, on the contrary, gives you a state of agitation.
The solution to reaching a compromise is to take a palette of shades and look at the neutrals in particular, where you are most likely to find a common denominator. Pastel colours such as green, beige, blue or grey can create a cohesive, cohesive design that both people like.
To avoid any conflict during the renovation, it is best to agree from the start that there will be differences of opinion, but don’t let them spoil your relationship. In the end, you will have a brand new home, where you will really feel at home.