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A Gay Newlywed’s Guide to Decorating a New Home

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Many couples will share a living space before they get hitched, so they get a sense of each other’s preferences in lifestyle as well as décor. Now that you’ve finally said the big I dos, you get a wonderful opportunity to blend your tastes and style aspirations into a unified look and feel of your home.

You’re bound to relish the opportunity to express yourselves in this manner, getting the chance to set the stage for your future and all the countless hours you’ll spend together in that shared space.

If you’re not sure where to begin or how to approach this immense challenge, here are a few ideas to get you started and give you some inspiration to decorate your home from day one.

Get some gay inspiration

The world is filled with gay designers and visual artists, so why not seek out inspiration from their work and find some solutions that match your lifestyle? Experts like Bobby Berk have come up with wonderful design solutions, so you can use his work as a way to examine your own options and get inspired for picking out a direction for your home.

Maybe you’re all about Nordic comfort and minimalism, but then again, perhaps you’d enjoy a rustic look and feel for your urban house. Look into different options that match your budget and your style to create the perfect match.

Mind the details in the living room

As the heart of your new home and the spot where you’ll spend most of your time with your friends and families, the living room deserves ample attention to create the right focal points and design details that will evoke the right emotions.

No matter what style approach you choose, pick out furniture that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. For example, once you pick out your color palette, focus on the details like throw pillows and blankets, fragrant additions like scented candles, and rugs and curtains that can be changed seasonally to add warmth or freshness.

Imbue your bedroom with comfort

Just like in the living room, details in the bedroom matter the most. It’s important to create a calm, intimate setting that helps you bond and savor every moment you spend together. Details such as skin-friendly and well-designed Wake in Cloud bedding can turn your bed into a focal point of the room.

The right texture combined with different patterns to change up the look of your bedroom from time to time can make all the difference. Also focus on bedroom lighting and scent, to dazzle your senses whenever you’re preparing for bedtime. The main décor tip for the bedroom: avoid clutter at all costs.

Show off your wedding presents

Now that you’re building your future together, your home décor can reflect the journey you’ve shared so far, as well. For example, this is a wonderful opportunity to place your wedding presents strategically across the space, especially those with sentimental value, such as photo albums, paintings, and those beautiful throw blankets.

Make it your mission to give your home a personality and go beyond the ideas of any décor direction you’ve chosen. Framed photos of you two from your travels and other memorabilia can add charm and warmth to your space without spending a fortune.

Combine tech with nature

On one hand, you want to make your home as functional and energy-efficient as possible, and for that,you need technology. Smart appliances in the kitchen and the bathroom, LED-based lighting, and all the way to security systems, you can add these tech elements into your home décor to make sure your space is purposeful.

However, that is no reason to create a cold setting, on the contrary. Tech and other modern home features give you a wonderful chance to contrast with plants all around your home. Low-maintenance potted plants as well as kitchen-based herbs and spices will add some life to your space and serve a purpose: purify your air and give off a wonderful fragrance.

It all depends on what you like and what makes you feel like you belong, but these ideas can help you discover different options and perhaps experiment a little bit to find your flair. Give each other enough space to personalize and complement one another, and your home will soon become the ideal reflection of your marriage and the love you share for one another.

Peter is a lifestyle writer at Queer Voices magazine, living between Australia and Europe. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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november 2021

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