Decor companies like Arthur Fitzhugh Decorating are aware that agreeing with someone over home decor isn’t the easiest thing to do, and researchers from the Ideal Home Show decided to do some more digging on the matter, and found a surprising trend; one of the biggest source of arguments for British couples is an unexpected culprit; home decoration.
Nearly half of their respondents, British couples, admitted that they’ve been at odds with their spouse over home decor, over things like the decor in the bathroom or the kitchen, with two out of five even admitting that they lied to their partner about their feelings on the design, just so the house wouldn’t be disturbed by an argument flaring up. One in five of the respondents also admitted that they don’t feel like they’re at home at the house because they compromised in order to make sure their other half are happy.
Data from the team, acquired after surveying 2,000 adults, also gave an estimate as to how many domestic tiffs happen over decor, DIY and renovations in the UK annually, putting the number at approximately 130m.
As per the topic of the arguments, most are about paint colours, accounting for 46% of arguments. Wallpaper and flooring account for about a third, and lighting and wall tiles are other common causes of arguments.
22% of respondents claimed that they were in tune with their partner, until the topic of interior design and home reno came into the picture. About a quarter say that that particular topic is something they’ll never be able to agree on, while 41% say their interior design sensibilities are better than their partner’s.
According to Kunle Barker, a property expert, renovating a home with a partner is both exciting and fun, something that companies like Arthur Fitzhugh Decorating are fully aware of.But it’s not without its own share of problems though, as the data from Ideal Home Show demonstrates; it’s not uncommon to have both people have different thoughts about what they want and what they want to do, which is why it can be such a common cause of argument for British couples.