Home is where the heart is: how to impress a date with your décor style
It’s what’s on the inside that counts: why décor matters
The survey, which looked at responses from 700 Canadians, revealed that a person’s home decorating style can shape how they are seen by others, with a whopping 94% of singles believing that a person’s living space reflects their personality.
This connection means that one's home decor can have the power to help – or harm – romantic relationships. Indeed, nearly two-thirds of Canadians (64%) think that it is possible to be initially attracted to someone simply because they have a stylish, welcoming home. Additionally, more than half of Canadians singles (58%) would dump a potential partner whose living situation turned out to be unwelcoming – and 11% already have!
Décor don’ts: five style no-nos (and how to fix them)
So what exactly is it that makes a home unwelcoming? The survey had Canadians vote on their biggest décor don’ts, revealing the top five things that put off prospective partners. We've listed them here – along with a few tips on how to fix them:
1. A lingering smell (e.g. tobacco): Earning 55% of the vote, the biggest décor don't for Canadians is a house that smells, with tobacco being tipped as the worst offender. Want to overcome it? Cleanipedia notes that prevention is better than cure: if you must smoke inside, make sure to let air circulate so that the aromas don't settle.2
2. Clothes lying around: The second biggest no-no for Canadians, untidy piles of clothes are a common problem that's easy to solve. Jennifer Phelps from Houzz recommends storing your clothes in a way that lets you see them all (i.e. filing rather than stacking). That way you never have to messily dig for what you need!3
3. A lack of real furniture: A lack of furniture screams 'unsettled,' making it the third biggest décor turn off. However, for those just starting out (or starting over), a bare home can be daunting to furnish. Apartment Therapy recommends buying big pieces of furniture second hand, allowing you to save money until you get a feel for the style you want.4
4. Video games and action figures on display: The fourth biggest décor turn-off is untidy piles of video games, cables, cords and collectable toys. Games Radar suggests investing in a multi-use USB cable to charge all your goodies: fewer cables instantly means less clutter.5
5. Ugly, clashing décor: An eyesore of a house is considered the fifth biggest turn-off but luckily the fix for a mismatched life is surprisingly easy: it's all about the 'bridge pieces.' Anabelle Bernard Fournier from BuildDirect suggests looking at the colours that don't match (eg red and blue) and adding some hints of a colour that can harmonize with them both (in this case purple). Even something as simple as a rug can really tie a room together!6