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Whereas my then-partner was hopelessly attached to his bright orange chesterfield, I saw my sofa as the last vestiges of my life as a single, independent woman and I wasn’t ready to let go of it so easily. Moving into a space that was so distinctly him, I felt like I was losing part of my identity. Once my partner understood that the couch wasn’t just a couch, we were able to find a solution.

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As it turns out, this couch conundrum isn’t uncommon. With people now spending more time at home than ever before, interior design experts at Modsy surveyed 1,000 co-habitating couples to better understand how they make design decisions in their home and where conflict typically arises.

Unsurprisingly, 58% of couples surveyed say they disagree with their partner over the interior design of their home. Broken down by room, an overwhelming 62% of couples say that the living room is the part of the house they care about most and are willing to throw down the gauntlet over, with 26% reporting that couches are the most argument-inducing item.

Whether we like it or not, how we choose to decorate our homes can be very emotional. To make sure your quarantine driven home makeover doesn’t go completely belly up, the Modsy experts have a few choice tips.

Plan to Purge Equally

“Each party is likely coming into this decision with a piece of furniture or two already, meaning there will most likely be duplicates. Go piece-by-piece to decide which furniture piece is in the best condition, or to choose which knick-knacks are meaningful to both of you,” says Modsy. Be sensitive to each other’s feelings. What may seem hideous to you, might hold great sentimental value to your partner.

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