Whether you are renting an apartment or buying a new home, you might need to compromise when it comes to deciding on furnishings. It is often a difficult decision, since you are combining two sets of belongings and often different tastes. If your ideas are totally opposite, you may need to compromise by dividing the rooms.
As you shop for new furnishings decide whether you want to choose items you will keep for many years to come, or temporary pieces you may upgrade in a few years. For temporary furnishings, you may choose to go with less expensive furniture or rental items. If you are looking for permanent pieces, you may want to begin with the items you need the most for everyday living and add to the collection as your budget allows. Many higher end furniture stores have designers on staff who can help you choose and layout your furniture plans. They can even help you choose furnishings that will work with the pieces you already have.
When combining your belongings the most important thing of all is to remember that items you may not like, might have deep sentimental value to your spouse. Don’t hurt the feelings of the one you love. More importantly, make room for the things each of you treasure.