Cohabiting has its perks, like frequent opportunities for sex and someone to read the Sunday paper with. But harmonizing decorating tastes and maintaining a sense of mystery can be a challenge. Michael Payne, interior designer and host of Designing for the Sexes, offers these tips for sharing a happy home.
- Compromise on color. Men veer toward taupe and beige, while women tend to like stronger hues, such as red or deep gold. To create a compatible home, especially in the bedroom, where you’re most intimate, try colors both sexes agree on, such as chocolate brown or silver blue.
- Banish TV from the bedroom. Television is a major intimacy killer. Watch your favorite shows and DVDs in another room, and use the boudoir for three things: sleep, snuggling, and sex.
- Install dimmers. Low lighting may seem like a cheesy cliche, but it can really set a mood, making your living room feel cozy and giving your bedroom a sexy vibe.
- Create your own space. Even though you’re sharing a pad, you each need a separate area to serve as a quiet escape. It might be just a chair and table in a corner, a desk, or if you’re lucky, a spare room.