From movie nights to favourite dinners and household chores, relationships and compromise go hand-in-hand, so it goes without saying that decorating your first home together is bound to be a subject that sparks debate between the two of you. But how do you find the middle ground when it comes to your home decor? It’s not as if you can redecorate every other week to satisfy both of your styles, but equally, you don’t want to be limited to shades of nondescript neutrals either, do you? Thought not.

Enter our Him + Her colour palette – your solution to decorating dramas that doesn’t scrimp on style. One of our Colour Futures trends for 2015, it’s a carefully edited selection of shades that balance traditionally masculine and feminine hues, so you can use them in any combo you (and your other half) fancy. Banish stereotypical man-caves and girly boudoirs and say hello to domestic bliss…

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Light & Shade

Contrast is key in any relationship – and in decorating. Mix dark and light schemes throughout your home to make each space feel interesting and different from the last.

Get the look

Try Mysterious Teal and Vintage Smoke for a dark and moody living room next to a Powder Pink and Bleached Lichen 3 landing or hall for a well-balanced home (and an end to paint-related arguments forever).

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Block Party

Whether you’re going for sultry pinks or cool blues, bold colour blocking is a sure-fire way to keep your scheme looking contemporary and fresh, thus avoiding falling into man-cave or girly boudoir cliches. Phew.

Get the look

Give your space a subtle injection of colour with wide, horizontal bands of coordinating shades – try contrasting neutrals such as Beauty Cream with a slick of pale pink or blue (such as Jewelled Creek 4, pictured) for an easy colour trade-off.

Alternatively, if you’re going for drama, block two hot shades together – such as Soft Cinnabar 1 and Nomadic Glow 1 – for maximum impact. The bolder the better; that way you’ll sidestep any unwanted frilliness.

Now that’s sorted, you can get back to arguing about the little things, like whose turn it is to put the bin out…

Get your perfect match of colours mixed up at your nearest Mixlab stockist.

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