Breakovers allow divorced men to furnish homes

Marriages are all about compromise, even when it comes to decorating a home shared by each couple. But home decor can provide a form of therapy as divorcees attempt to move on, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

These home makeovers, dubbed “breakovers” by blogger Cat Larose, can provide men a chance to finally decorate their living spaces the way they want to without having to compromise on paint color, furniture and wall hangings.

Gordon Baxter, after splitting with his wife, was sure to hang the mounted trout caught by his father that his ex-wife hated over his fireplace. Baxter also remodeled the kitchen to his exact liking.

Some people, because of the financial toll a divorce can take, don’t have the money for a full blown overhaul of their homes. However, many people have found redemption in a paint brush.

“Paint color is often the first thing people change after a split,” Kathy Basil, a showroom manager for Hirshfield’s Design Resource, told the publication. “It’s relatively inexpensive yet can have a dramatic impact.”

Some celebrities can go a little more extreme with their breakovers. According to the Houston Chronicle, Maria Shriver recently bought a new home worth $10 million to help start her life after her split from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger.