Any tips for adding personal touches to your home when you love all things kawaii but your partner doesn't? Decorating is always so hard because me and my boyfriend have such different tastes.
Compromise is important in any part of a relationship but especially when it comes to living together and creating a space that you’re both happy to be in. Find a way to work in pieces of both of your personalities in a way that works together. For example, maybe he likes dark colors but you like pastels. Well, pastel colors can make great accents on a darker base (or vise versa). You could choose dark colored furniture which makes a good neutral base and then add cute pastel throw pillows, or have a dark wall color and then add kawaii artwork on top of that. You could even put together a gallery wall featuring art relating to the various interests of both of you but frame everything similarly to create a cohesive look. You could also create a very cute yet elegant look with a light colored base and darker accents.
(Not necessarily just like either of those, but it shows you how good the color combinations can look.)
You can also add tiny touches like character figures here and there to bring some of your kawaii style in. Of course it’s also a good idea to go shopping together so you both have a say in what goes into the space, and you should both be able to put some personal touches around. Also think about things you can both have that aren’t necessarily part of the decor like throw blankets that get stored in a box at the end of the day, mugs that hide in the cabinet when not in use, even storage bins that live in the closet. Things like that are great ways for you both to have pieces you love without clashing decor.
You could also consider each taking a room to decorate on your own if that’s an option. If my boyfriend and I get the house we’re looking at renting I’m going to have an office that’s going to be my personal kawaii space and he’s going to have his personal space in the basement so we both have somewhere for our things that don’t quite go together. If you don’t have the option of completely separate rooms you could also each take a room that nobody spends a ton of time in. You probably spend the most time in the living room and bedroom so those would be neutral ground while one could take the bathroom and the other takes the kitchen or something like that. And who knows, the more you work on it together the more you might find that you both like. Like if he’s into any fandoms maybe you could find some kawaii fanart from it and really bring your worlds together.
Not having all of the same interests doesn’t have to be a calamity, you might just have to get a little creative. Have fun with it!