Congratulations on your marriage! You have just taken a lifelong step that will yield love, children and a new home (not in that particular order). A major party of marriage is living together which will not only put a married couple under one roof, but also join together different design tastes and furniture. Now you may find it easy to compromise on whose dining table to keep, but can you make decisions together on buying new pieces? Below are a few tips for newlyweds on where to pull out the wallet and where to save some mula.
Home Furnishings to Save
- Dinnerware, glassware and serveware (chances are you received cool items off your wedding registry)
- Bathroom accessories (tissue box cover, soap dispenser, tumbler)
- Bedroom furniture & décor (vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board)
- Dining room table and chairs (you can always conceal this with table linens)
- Sofa (optional): this is going to be a big ticket expense so if you have the money, purchase a new one. If you don’t, make some updates by reupholstering the unit
Home Furnishings to Purchase
- Accent chairs (create a new look with accessory pieces that compliment your sofa)
- Living room tables (coffee and side tables)
- Dining room textiles (table runner or tablecloth, napkins)
- Bedding (duvet, duvet cover, flat and fitted sheets)
- Bathroom textiles (bath towels and linens)
Regardless of what you and your spouse choose, be sure to make the decision together. Nothing gets an argument started quite like one that has one person making all the decisions without consulting the other party. Finally, always remember the cardinal rule to decorating: a good project takes time. Don’t beat yourselves up if you are unable to purchase every item you want right now. Think of it as a journey.