Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about when the time comes to make my apartment co-ed. Don’t worry, I’m not moving in with my S.O. anytime soon, but I have a lot of friends who live with their boyfriends/fiancee’s, etc. and it has gotten me thinking about what I am going to do when that time comes for me. My apartment is REALLY girly. I mean, you walk in and it literally hits you in the face with feminism. Essentially, it is the definition of a bachelorette pad, complete with pink coffee table, Lilly Pulitzer prints, a gallery wall and many many bright colors. I had a mini meltdown that I was going to one day have to get rid of virtually everything, and then it occurred to me, there is a way to combine your decorating styles to make your apartment co-ed and well dressed.
1. Change Your Pillows
Couch pillows are one really easy way to change out the overall feel of your living room. I currently have pink and green pillows, but it would be so easy to go to the fabric store and pick out a color and/or print that would still go great with my navy couch, without making it too girly. Men are not into pillows, so this would definitely be a feminine touch, but most people generally recognize that pillows are a key to a well styled couch.
2. Frame New Pictures
Most of my frames are currently filled with Lilly Pulitzer prints, cutesy quotes and fun little girly things. It’s not hard to put some pictures on a flash drive and print them at your local office supply store, or just purchase new prints to go in the frames. As long as your frames aren’t too girly, you can easily just add a new picture inside for little to no cost.
You may have to suck it up and just buy new bedding together. Something neutral and comfortable. Grays, whites, creams, etc. are always a good choice for the bedroom because it is cozy and not too feminine or masculine. If you want to add a little bit of spice, get some neutral shams with a cute fringe or some fun pillows. You can find some really great pillows and bedding at places like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and it won’t break the bank!
You can easily get super feminine or very masculine with your lamp selection, but there are a lot of options that are quite gender neutral and will still make your apartment look chic. Again, check out your local T.J. Maxx or Marshalls.
5. Shower Curtains and Bathroom Accessories
My current shower curtain is super beachy and very bright…not exactly ideal for a guy. Shower curtains aren’t super expensive, and while you’re at it, you might as well go ahead and get the matching soap dish and Kleenex holder 🙂
6. Sturdy Coffee Table
A coffee table is definitely something you are going to want to invest in, as it will last you for a very long time. The better the table, the longer it will last, thus, the better the investment. A good, sturdy coffee table is a perfect item for a co-ed apartment. You can style it however you like, and for an extra feminine touch, you might add a small vase of flowers.
7. Table Decor
Neutral tablecloths, placemats, etc. are always a good choice, in any aspect of life. You can change up the general feel of the table by adding different colored napkins, flowers, plates, etc. The centerpiece could be a little tricky. I was raised to be a ‘homemaker’ so I am pretty set on having something in the center of my table…I’m thinking a silver vase with artificial white hydrangeas. It is feminine because it is a flower, but the white and silver definitely tone it down.
8. Bathroom Counter
I don’t know about you, but I like to have my make up brushes and lotions sitting out on my bathroom counter. This is something that I recognize that I might want to put in the closet or something when I get to the point in my life where I live with a boy. They can easily be replaced with a neutral smelling lotion and maybe a toothbrush holder (to match that new shower curtain, maybe?).
My closet is currently bursting with all of my clothes, but I am not so naive as to think that I will get to monopolize the closet forever. Start thinking of ways you can consolidate some items. Can you hang a sweater over a blouse? Are your pants able to be folded and put in the drawers to clear out some closet space? If not, then your new apartment may need a bigger closet!
10. Get His Opinion
I feel like it is super important to get the guy’s opinion in everything. He may not care at all about any of the decor or organization of the home, but the fact that he was asked will make him feel special and like he is a part of the decision making process. It is going to be his home, too, after all!
Pinterest also has some great boards you can cruise through to get some ideas for a gender-neutral home! I personally love all the grays and whites that are trending right now!