Decorating with Roommates
If you are living with a roommate, chances are you don’t agree on a variety of things, more so on décor choices. Yes, you may be sharing rent and utility bills but you may not have the same tastes and habit when it comes to decorating the living space. Learn the in’s and out’s of decorating with roommates.
Here’s how to decorate a shared area that is both tasteful and appealing to roommates with distinct styles.
Select neutral pallets
If you have a different taste to your roommate, don’t try to force your own design taste in a shared space. Instead, pick large features that are more neutral, such as sheer or pastel curtains and un-patterned rugs. You can then work together with your roommate to personalize the space in a way that everyone feels their needs have been catered for.
Spare space for others
It is important to keep shared spaces neat and curated by getting rid of any knick-knacks that might occupy too much space for residents to add their own personal touches. No matter how detailed you get with décor, always leave plenty of space for your roommate to add their own personal touches as well—be it books, movie collections or photographs.
Install durable items
Because you are sharing space, it is highly likely that the room will be more heavily trafficked. Things like furniture and tools will also get heavier use so it’s advisable to invest in high quality furnishings. If possible, pull resources together and purchase those items that will last longer and look better.
Create a private space
Even if you live in a small shared space, there’s a chance you’ll find an area where you can have a private retreat. This could be a closet, a bed or a desk. It is this private space that you should fill with items that make you happy including any personal collections you might have.
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