The Challenge of His & Hers

How to Combine Two Different Styles in Your Home

Cohabiting with a significant other is a great experience, but it can also come with a few bumps in the road – especially if you each have distinctly different living styles. If one person loves a more refined and traditional look, but the other prefers sleek and modern finishes, well, you just might end up having a pretty deep disagreement about how your home should be outfitted.

That’s where designers come in. Not only can they serve as a neutral position in the design process, but they’re also incredibly skilled at creating spaces that blend multiple styles together seamlessly. By taking out the stress of choosing that perfect couch or paint color, a designer helps to make the remodel process as smooth as possible.

So, to help you redecorate in a way that pleases everyone involved, we’ve pulled together a quick step-by-step guide to his & her spaces. Follow these, and we guarantee you’ll both feel right at home.

 

Step #1 – Identify Your Styles

First and foremost, you each need to be clear about what your home style is. Whether that means wandering through a home furnishings store together or creating a few mood boards on Pinterest, collecting a visual image of what makes your partner feel most at home is essential to meshing your styles together. Once you’ve got an idea of where you’re each at, then you can start to look for similarities. Because while you may naturally be drawn to your own design dreams, there are still elements of other styles that you just might find look absolutely stunning next to your own.

 

A modern living room pairs pops of color with a neutral base, combining contemporary art and shapes with plush velvet textiles.

A modern living room pairs pops of color with a neutral base, combining contemporary art and shapes with plush velvet textiles. / Source

 

This workspace embraces minimalist design, sticking to neutrals, a simple antique desk, and a visually sleek Lucite chair.

This workspace embraces minimalist design, sticking to neutrals, a simple antique desk, and a visually sleek Lucite chair. / Source

 

Showcasing bold colors and eclectic artwork, this vignette embodies masculine style in its aesthetic.

Showcasing bold colors and eclectic artwork, this vignette embodies masculine style in its aesthetic. / Source

 

Step #2 – Determine Shared Spaces

Now that you’ve got your styles identified, it’s time to determine which areas of your home are common and shared. Typically, this includes the bedroom, bathroom(s), kitchen, living room, and any other entertainment or functional spaces. And while it might seem like an unending laundry list of areas where one of you will have to compromise, in reality, the more shared spaces you have, the more opportunities you have to overlap your styles. Knowing your layout needs will help your designer identify key elements in each room, alternating between each of your preferences for a layered and curated look.

 

In this master bathroom suite, a spacious vanity allows for his & hers sinks with ample counter space and storage capabilities for both individuals to use.

In this master bathroom suite, a spacious vanity allows for his & hers sinks with ample counter space and storage capabilities for both individuals to use. / Source

 

A basement bar is a popular gathering spot for everyone, and by combining a simple and classic color scheme with a few feminine décor touches, it becomes a spot in the house where everyone feels comfortable relaxing or entertaining.

A basement bar is a popular gathering spot for everyone, and by combining a simple and classic color scheme with a few feminine décor touches, it becomes a spot in the house where everyone feels comfortable relaxing or entertaining. / Source

 

In this kitchen, light and dark cabinets are paired together for a streamlined and gender-neutral space, and the overall design is kept simple to appeal to the entire family.

In this kitchen, light and dark cabinets are paired together for a streamlined and gender-neutral space, and the overall design is kept simple to appeal to the entire family. / Source

 

Step #3 – Set Aside His & Hers Realms

As important as compromise is in a shared household, it’s also equally crucial to incorporate personal spaces where you can each let your style shine fully. Whether that’s a “man cave,” “she shed,” office, studio, or reading nook, having separate his & her realms can make a huge impact on how you feel in your home. Everyone needs an escape from time to time, and by including an area that is all about you, it can help you feel relaxed and at ease. These spaces can also make it easier to collaborate on the rest of the house together because if you know you’ve got your own room to revamp in whatever way you please, your must-haves will always have a place to land.

 

In this remodeled “she shed,” the owner embraced a bright aesthetic, adding touches of femininity in the velvet tufted ottoman and hints of brass throughout the space.

In this remodeled “she shed,” the owner embraced a bright aesthetic, adding touches of femininity in the velvet tufted ottoman and hints of brass throughout the space. / Source

 

This dark and moody library corner showcases a traditionally masculine vibe, combining vintage art and books with a well-stocked bar cart.

This dark and moody library corner showcases a traditionally masculine vibe, combining vintage art and books with a well-stocked bar cart. / Source

 

An office space for vintage and plant lovers, this room provides the ultimate colorful escape and manages to retain a unique footprint within the home.

An office space for vintage and plant lovers, this room provides the ultimate colorful escape and manages to retain a unique footprint within the home. / Source

 

Step #4 – Keep the Overall Look Consistent

Got your layout ready to go? Styles clear? Then you’re ready to sit back and let your designer take the lead. At this point, the trick is to keep the overall look of your home consistent – even as you shift back and forth between styles. Maybe it’s the general color scheme, or works of art you both adore – regardless, now is the time to incorporate these elements at least a bit in each room so that your home feels cohesive. Even throughout your separate his & her areas, making sure there is a similar vibe can go a long way towards blending both masculine and feminine touches together in a way that feels natural and fresh.

 

This master bedroom seamlessly combines two distinct styles: vintage and contemporary. By pulling out warmer tones and using a similar color scheme throughout, it manages to feel cohesive and welcoming.

This master bedroom seamlessly combines two distinct styles: vintage and contemporary. By pulling out warmer tones and using a similar color scheme throughout, it manages to feel cohesive and welcoming. / Source

 

In this dining room, the designer has mixed modern and rustic together to create the perfect balance between feminine and masculine elements, resulting in an open and airy gathering space.

In this dining room, the designer has mixed modern and rustic together to create the perfect balance between feminine and masculine elements, resulting in an open and airy gathering space. / Source

 

This workspace embraces the home’s antique vibes, while also allowing for pops of modern style to show through via a bold artistic print and a sleek black desk lamp.

This workspace embraces the home’s antique vibes, while also allowing for pops of modern style to show through via a bold artistic print and a sleek black desk lamp. / Source

 

So, are you ready to have the home of your dreams (that you can both agree on)? Then start digging into your styles, because trust us – the end result is totally worth it. A bit of mixing & matching can help to give your spaces a truly unique look you adore.

 

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Sneak Peek Design

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