16 Apr 2017 29 comments

Interiors Tips For Couples.

Ever since my apartment tour racked up almost a million views over on YouTube (yeah, I’m starting this post with a humble-brag, get over it) one of the questions I see most often, when I dare to scan the comments, is how I’ve managed to convince my other half to agree to such a, er, pastel home? Or maybe just a bright, light house, at least…

The truth is, I’m blessed with quite a chilled out husband-to-be, so he’s rarely put his foot down to my pastel plans. Saying that, I’m still quite respectful of him as this is his house too, and I want him to feel comfortable in these walls.
Over the last few years of living together, we’ve worked together to create a lovely place to call our own, so I thought I’d share some tips on decorating when you’re a two-some.

Go Light, Bright & Neutral
I’m a fan of colour – I tend to avoid black and browns, and dark shades in general, so you really don’t see a lot of those hues in our house. Instead, I go for light shades – white walls, soft touches of nudes and greys, and lots of warm metallic accents.
I love blush, but I know it’s not realistic to inject pops of pink in to every room, so I usually get my pastel fix with light blues and majestic mints.

If you’re also trying to add colour but are getting a few complains from your lover, opt for subtle details like the occasional muted blush cushion or a mint side table.
I also recommend adding greenery in rooms where you do have more feminine details, it really diffuses the tones and adds more of a chilled vibe.


Split The Rooms
So in our home, we’ve kind of got rooms which represent us – I have the bedroom because I seem to own a lot of clothes and accessories. In this room, I’ve kind of taken the lead in terms of decor; there’s a mint table, my blush bag collection, marble details and more makeup than you could ever imagine.
Saying that, there’s a lot of Jordan’s personal bits and bobs around too, as well as a crazy amount of plants, so the room is quite neutral really.

Jordan has channelled his love of coffee and music in the kitchen and living room, and these rooms are definitely very relaxed – greys, golds, mints and monochrome. We have his entire vinyl collection on display too, which helps to make it a bit more representative of him.

Understand His Loves Too
When we need some new prints for a gallery wall, or some new ornaments for a new set of shelves, we pick out the new additions together. I try and add in the odd Star Wars print or buy coffee-related bits for the kitchen shelves, because when he’s happy, I’m happy.
We also share a lot of interests, like music and travelling, so I try and incorporate these where possible – it’s a nice way to make your home feel more personal too!

And yes, he did eventually get me in to Star Wars. It took five years, but he was persistent.

Involve Them In Your Decisions
Whenever I have an idea to change something, or want to buy a pink sofa (for my office! It wasn’t allowed in the living room, although he’s quite a fan of it now), I ask Jordan what he thinks.
I genuinely like to hear his ideas and plans for the house, and I also find it helps me make final decisions – after all, buying homeware can be pretty tough!

All you can do is create a home that you both love, and with everything in relationships, this too is all about compromise.

Any other tips for decorating with your loved one?

  • Philippa

    Great post! I definitely relate to this a lot at the moment. I bought a flat with my boyfriend just over a month ago now, and I really want to make sure the decor and all the new purchases really represent us both!

  • Such a great post! I’ve been living with my fiancé for five years and this is still something that we struggle with all the time. My style is very light, neutral & Scandinavian with hints of gold, whereas he loves bright colors and tons of knick-knacks, so it’s not an easy mix. But I do still try my best to incorporate his interests too, and I’m definitely going to take that pastel tip! Maybe that way I can include color that he loves, while still keeping it light for me. xx


  • This is such a lovely post with great tips!

  • Kristina

    So sad that I couldn’t pin your photos, they are always such an inspiration. Great tips and I love your plants!

  • grace

    I am incredibly single right now and don’t even have a place of my own because I’m travelling, but I really enjoyed reading this! Your home is beautiful, I would love to have somewhere like that to call my own one day.

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

  • Kay Nguyen

    I’m so single but I can use some tip to decorate my place! Also that bookshelf is to die for <3


  • Such a great post! Having a neutral canvas to start with is definitely a good idea! x


  • Sophie

    Love this post! I’ve moved in with my boyfriend and his flatmate and the place is SUCH a boys house – cant wait until we move out and get our own place, starting completely from scratch so it can be both of ours. Definitely using your (beautiful) interiors pics as inspo!
    Sophie xxx

  • It must be really hard to decide on interiors if you have different ideas, but these are great tips for how to work together!


  • hanan abdi

    Your post is such as inspiration and your pictures are just slaying it ..cant wait to move out and create such a cosy cute home.

    A Girl’s Journal

  • Amy Heul

    Such great advice. Where is that amazing mirror from above the mantlepiece?

  • I love that you’ve split the rooms but it still looks so cohesive and well done~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • A million views! Wow! I will have to check it out too. Love the shelf unit, that little armadillo is so cute! We were planning to buy a brass little crab, not sure what happened there, I think we forgot! You have just reminded me, thank you!
    xx Jenelle

  • Lauren Stainton

    Have you ever seen Donna Kelly’s prints? Floral star wars art. I’m not into star wars and I love them ?

  • Anna

    Great tips! I totally agree with all of them. Your house is really amazing, you’ve created a lovely and cozy place!
    Anna From Italy

  • a million views is just amazing and to be fair, you flat just just so beautiful. luckily, my boyfriend lets me do pretty much whatever i want to the flat but we agreed that he takes care of the tv and media station.


  • Juliana Paz

    Serious home goals for sure. You’ve inspired my home so much, I also look forward to you interior posts.


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  • Loving these great tips! <3 🙂 Your home is literally one of the coziest and chicest places I've ever seen!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Completely agree, I think also discussing your decisions and being able to compromise helps massively 🙂 Laura x


  • Totally agree on a neutral space that you can add personal touches too – even when living with family!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • I love this post! I live with my boyfriend and he’s let me take control of the decorating. Light colors and neutrals are a great way to make a room look beautiful and also not (too) feminine! Thank god for chill boyfriends. (:
    Thanks for sharing your tips!
    XX -KK

  • pineapplepink

    Love decoration so cute

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  • Simplicity has never been so more beautiful! 🙂

    ?LA BIJOUX BELLA? | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • I know nothing about decorating honestly, my man takes the lead on most decorative things. I love these tips though. The thought of neutrals and subtle color sounds so wonderful! (:

    Yolanda| http://www.cutieandherbeauty.com

  • Ohhelloellen

    These tips are great! Spliting the rooms is such a good idea!

  • Your place is amazing! Great post x

  • These are such lovely tips Kate!
    – Ambar x

  • fab tips Kate, we’ve just bought our first owned place and definitely going through the motions of trying to make it work for us both (as our rented pad was more my bits)

    Mel x http://mediamarmalade.com/