Nearly half of British couples argue over home renovation ideas

Nearly half of British couples argue over home renovation ideas


Posted 15th March by Peter Byrne

It may sound extreme but new research has revealed nearly half of British couples (46 per cent) end up arguing over home renovations, due to a difference in style and tastes

The study, carried out by the Ideal Home Show, revealed there's an average of 131,237,883 million arguments in the UK over the past year that have been caused by home renovations.

22 per cent of Brits agree on everything with their partner - except, that is, for interior design. In fact, 21 per cent thought they completely knew their partner - but they were in for a rude awakening when they began designing a home together.

For an unfortunate 13 per cent, this difference in opinion culminated in them breaking up with their partner.

Choosing the paint colour proved to be the biggest cause of a disagreement (46 per cent), followed by wallpaper (31 per cent), flooring (30 per cent), lighting (23 per cent) and wall tiles (20 per cent).

And, it seems like there's no end in sight for some Brits, as 23 per cent said they have resigned themselves to never agreeing with their partner when it comes down to design taste.

Yet some of us will do our bit to appease our partner - four in ten have lied and said they like their taste, simply to keep them onside. 15 per cent have also said they like a particular homeware buy their partner made, simply to avoid tension.

So, how do we resolve these disputes?

Well, two in 10 (19 per cent) will come up with a compromise, with one person designing one room, and another designing another. Yet nearly a quarter (22 per cent) feel their home is not finished, as they're unable to reach an agreement.

Simone Gordon of Owl Designs, the interior designers of this year's Evolving Show Home said: "One of our top tips for couples is to both write out separate lists of the things you want, need and love as well any major dislikes - think broad terms like crushed velvet, the colour pink and bedside tables - and then compare your answers. Any real dislikes should be discarded, loves should be considered and needs may well crossover. Once you have a base of the large items, it should be easier to add the smaller things you both like."

"In a similar way, before you get started you can both go away and grab images of the things you like, put them out on the table and see which ones you both like – you’ll be surprised to see that there will be some common ground."






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