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If you see certain situations that you, as a designer can find ways to compromise in order to fit things into both peoples’ expectations this is key. Also, stress to both parties involved that a little give and a little take is vital when discussing and planning interior design for couples and that while they won’t always reach same conclusion, if they both make some trade offs it will create an environment they are both comfortable in.
If all else fails, encourage both people when making references to certain aspects of one another’s design ideas that they are good ideas that can be compatible with other’s thoughts. Whenever dealing with interior design for couples, a certain ‘he says, she says’ attitude is likely to arise at some point and it is your job as designer to see that things work out smoothly and in best interest of both people.
Color and furniture are normally main items that are disagreed upon in interior design for couples. Suggest to female counterpart that leather sofa her husband is interested in can be a very classic and comfortable edition to any living space. Explain to her husband that peach color she is looking for can actually be considered a light beige. You would be surprised what miracles a little bit of convincing can do when carried out in right manner.
If neither party is willing to compromise, I have seen for instances when designer actually had both of couple write down their design needs/wants and do a point by point comparison/bargaining session that allowed each person an equal amount of yes and nos. Sound ridiculously childish? Be prepared!
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