Each person has their own set of preferences. Moving in with your new spouse can be a little stressful as each of you need to cater to each others likes.

Each person has their own set of preferences. Moving in with your new spouse can be a little stressful as each of you need to cater to each others likes.

Take stock of what you have

Ankit and Surbhi, who made it official last November, experienced this first-hand when they moved in together about a year and a half ago. Ankit had a modern, minimalist style in his then-bachelor pad – and almost no colour.

“I figured a new, glass-walled apartment called for modern furniture,” he recalls. “Although Surbhi had not yet decided to move in, she did help with the furniture shopping. I selected a solid-white leather couch, which to this day I’m not sure Surbhi actually likes.”

Ankit was right – Surbhi wasn’t crazy about the sofa.

“Ankit and I met right when he decided he needed change in his life and he moved from his older and more rustic apartment to a new shiny glass building,” she says. “Different style apartment means different style furniture. He already knew what he wanted, which was clean lines and more clean lines. He opted for an off-white leather sofa because his apartment was mainly white (you couldn’t paint in the new building). I thought to myself, Who buys a white sofa? That’s asking for trouble. But I kept my comments to myself.”