O and I are not always agreeing on interior design, which I guess could be expected considering that he is from Spain and I am from Sweden… The interior design taste differs greatly between these two very-far-apart-European countries (2,375 km to be precise between Zaragoza and Eslöv). But, like in many other aspects of relationships / marriages, you sometimes need to compromise when deciding how to furnish your home.
O likes dark, leather and glass, while I like white, fabrics and well, most glass tables I hate – who wants to sit and look at knees while having dinner?! I guess O has a very masculine taste, and mine is more feminine… However, I can’t make up my mind what I think about dark furniture – I do think it can really look really nice against white walls and lots of white fabric, but I don’t want it too look bulky and oppressive. Leather I am not so fond of, in the winter it is cold, in the summer sweaty… But then again, it is very practical and more stain-resistent than white textiles.
So far, it might look like I have compromised a little more than O, at least when you look at the photos of the furniture we have bought in Puerto Rico. However, I am biding my time… after all these pieces of dark furniture, it is time for some white! I am hoping for a white sofa, mind you with removable and washable covers, and maybe some white bookshelves to compliment the big, dark one.
Yesterday we bought two leather armchairs in Costco, they were half price from when we saw them two weeks ago (and we thought they were cheap already then)! I think that the model has a cool name (San Juan Club chair), a nice dark brown colour and not too bulky – they will look really nice next to a sofa with a white fabric cover…
Have you compromised when it comes to furnishing your home? Would you say that any possible differences between you and your partner are due to gender or culture?