Have you ever had an interior design idea for your home that your partner wouldn’t agree with? Are you stuck with the same furniture for many years? Or are you still living in the same house, when your nest is empty and the place is feeling way too big? Maybe you feel there is no hope in changing that old black fridge that doesn’t even have the ice dispenser (but according to your partner, it looks brand new and it is still working fine). What about that horrible sofa that your partner loves?
Does it sound familiar?
You look around and there is so much you would like to change to get a more comfortable living space with new pieces of furniture, colors in the walls and a current design! You want to live in a pretty place! It is so important to you! It would also be so much fun to design and create some diy projects for your home!
You are not alone!
I hear many stories like that, from friends, frustrated with going nowhere with the design changes they want to do. Personally I had to go through a long path to convince my husband to tackle some of my renovation design in our home. Maybe it is just a “guy” thing, the “let’s just keep things the way they are” argument… However I was determined to change that attitude!
First I had to convince him that more contemporary designs are pleasant to the eyes and could bring our home back to this current century. Some pieces of our furniture were very dated, specially that glass curio cabinet with all sorts of knickknacks… Ugh, I wanted to scream every time I looked at it! He is a very skilled man and we had done some major renovations throughout the years but yet nothing based on style only.
Then I understood he had to be exposed to what I liked and get the feel of how much comfort can be added through design and style. And most important: that beauty is as essential as practicality!
Yes, there are things you can do!
1. Start inviting him/her to watch home renos & designs shows, or just leave the TV on for those channels, while you’re doing house stuff and eventually something will catch their attention. (That was a big one for me).
My husband is very skilled with house renos and soon he was paying attention to how to hang a floating shelf or how to redo our staircase in hardwood. From that, we started to watch these shows together. Eventually he started to be excited about trying different things.
2. When you’re in a nice hotel, restaurant or store, point out how the environment makes people feel good and comfortable.
3. Leave some décor magazines in the bathroom or common areas, where they can be easily used.
4. Start explaining what it means to you to have an attractive place and how being current could add an amazing feeling of being more productive, more energetic and happier!
Beauty is as essential as practicality, this is what interior design is about.
5. Make some boards on Pinterest with your favourite things for your home. You will know when to show your ideas and explain what you think can be done. Pictures are a huge visual stimulation and it is easy to get excited about it.
6. Don’t be afraid to “sell your ideas”. It is not because we’re sharing our lives with someone, that this person has the same taste or, has moved towards the same idea of style and design. It is up to you, to find ways to sell your ideas to your partner that will make the change happen.
7. People can change the way they think about their homes. It might take some time but it happens. A good idea is to make a list of things that you both think can be improved and compare to see common points. From there, you might be able to create a time frame for every project.
There are many diy projects that are super easy and inexpensive, like painting the walls in a different color, upgrading your baseboard, replacing door knobs! Simple things you could do yourself to get things started, that might wow your partner.
8. Show how much value can be added to a house through renovation and design. Look for articles on staging houses to sell, diy projects and show some numbers and real state articles about it.
Our last home was sold in 4 days. At that point my husband was totally on board with what I thought would be big features to be improved. We both worked hard, we did around 12 diy projects, getting the house ready. Selling was a walk in the park! After all done, we both felt we didn’t want to sell the house any more but stay there and enjoy it. We both understood that we should have done all that reno right when we moved in. It took a full year of planning and executing but not only the sale was super fast, we got the price we wanted!
After that success things were much easier. We moved to a house that has a very contemporary style, just like I wanted and he absolutely loves it. Now every time I have an idea he listens, we plan and execute. We have a long list of diy projects and has been nothing but fun! Check out some great ideas here