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Decorating an Apartment With a Roommate


Many renters find it difficult to properly decorate an apartment when they have a roommate, and impossible when they have more than one. However, what they fail to recognize is that decorating is most often a group effort. When you collaborate with another person, you can come up with a design that’s unique and representative of both parties.

What’s more, because you have your own bedroom (and hopefully bathroom) you and your roommate will only have to collaborate on the public areas like the living room and kitchen.

Here are 5 tips on how to work with your roommate to decorate (or re-decorate) your apartment. Remember: you can keep your personal style even when you live with someone else.

Decide What To Keep and What To Lose

You won’t be living with a roommate forever. Chances are, you own pieces of furniture that you’ll need for your next living space. Talk to your roommate about what pieces of furniture they want to bring.

If you have enough space for two sofas, you can each bring one. You probably won’t have any need for two coffee tables, however. Move your extra pieces of furniture into storage or find a family member who can temporarily store them in their garage.

Your roommate most likely has a different style than you, so your furniture might clash. In that case, try your best to make it as cohesive as possible. Utilize sofa covers, fabrics, and other decor accessories to tie everything in.

Learn To Compromise

Learning to compromise will not only strengthen your roomie relationship, it will strengthen other friendships and work relationships. If you try to dominate the decorating, your roommate might resent you.

Discuss room color schemes and get a good idea for what your roommate likes. Find a happy medium and collaborate together. If you simply cannot come to an agreement, decide which one of you will take the kitchen and who will focus on the living room.

Shop Together

When you go out together in search of home décor, you’ll get a better feel of what your roommate’s decorating style is. You can show them what you like and they can show you what they’re into; chances are, you will agree on some elements of design.

By going out and shopping together, you can turn it into a bonding experience: enjoy the city, talk about goals, and grab a bite to eat. That way, it will be easier for you and your roommate to become excited about the process, making it even easier to compromise.

Make a Team Effort to Reduce Clutter

The best way to maximize your apartment décor is to ensure that your public spaces are tidy and maintained. Communicate to your roommate that cleanliness is important to you, and that you should both do your parts to make your apartment look fabulous.

Respect Their Style

Above all, you must respect your roommate’s style, even if you think it’s outdated or too funky.

This is a guest post from Marie Ortiz of DIYMother.org

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