My husband, John, and I often see eye-to-eye when it comes to decorating our master bedroom -- but that's mostly because he's pretty agreeable with my tastes. He didn't have an issue when I recently picked out a lavender toile duvet set at Pottery Barn, and he's never complained that our bedroom furniture is farmhouse white.
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But what he does hate is our bed frame. It's an aging wicker headboard and foot board that I've owned since college, and while I know it's not the nicest piece of furniture we own, I can't seem to part with it. To me, it says cozy. To him, it's as feminine as a maxi pad. If it were up to him, we'd be sleeping in a dark mahogany sleigh bed.
Whenever we move into a new apartment, which we're getting ready to do in a few weeks, he pounces on the topic. "Can I finally pick out a new bed?" he'll ask.
I think I'm getting closer to budging.
After all, a master bedroom should really be a reflection of both your tastes, says Sherry Petersik, designer and blogger at Young House Love. "It's your area, where both of you retreat to," she says. "When you take the time to invest in a bedroom together, it seems like you're investing in your relationship. It shows dedication to one another and your time together spent privately."
But coming up with a decorating scheme that reflects both of you can be challenging. Often a couple can't see eye-to-eye on, say, furniture style or color scheme. She wants floral curtains and pale pink nightstands. He wants a tall chest of black drawers and a mahogany trunk at the foot of the bed. So what gives?
Well, chances are that if you married this guy, you must have more in common than you think. The trick is finding items you both love – and making some critical compromises along the way. "Think of it as an olive branch to each other," says Sherry.
Here's a 9 step plan to help you decorate a room that is as much his as it is yours – a master bedroom that you both can feel good about.
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