Integrating Decor With a New Roommate?

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Integrating Decor With a New Roommate?

Oh My Apartment · Apr 29, 2014

RoomatesMoving in with someone new poses many challenges, beyond just making sure it’s the right personality fit. A home is the most personal of spaces and when getting a new roommate, you are inviting someone into the deepest part of your life. Especially if that someone new is not someone you knew before. One of the largest tension points of having a new roommate is finding a way to essentially merge your life with theirs, in terms of your décor. If your styles are completely opposite (think modern meets country) or if you both have a ton of furniture (two couches) then finding the best way to coordinate styles and tastes can be hard. It all comes down to communication and compromise.

There are several ways to approach this; the first is to make a list of priorities. What are the items you simply are not willing to get rid of? Once you decide your essentials and ask your new roommate to do the same, you are sure to find some room for compromise. If you sell aren’t attached to your couch, maybe they aren’t as attached to their coffee table. If you are still running into duplicate items, depending on the size of your space there may be ways to fit both. Also, if your new roommate isn’t willing to compromise on anything, it is a sure sign there may be personality issues in other areas. The best way to combat this battle is to explain that you also pay half the rent, thus it is a 50/50 decision and that everything should not be a battle.

The best way to combine styles that differ is finding a middle ground of commonality. For instance if your roommate has a very modern black coffee table, and you have an antique couch, find pillows in common shades of both that mix modern with unique. Or if you both have completely different framed prints, hang them on opposite facing walls to play on the contrast. There are many ways you can merge two opposing styles, but embracing the differences and building off maintains both of your unique tastes.

Another great way to merge styles is to go shopping and find pieces that you both agree on to then combine with whatever décor you already have to sync the two. Buy pieces that are affordable to that you don’t have to keep it forever; things like pillows, rugs, trinkets, and frames. By doing so you can smoothly transition. This is where communication is key and always maintaining that your home fits your personality as well as theirs. If it is a friend or a significant other, this can sometimes be easier, as it is likely you are both more willing to compromise and have generally similar tastes.

If you have more than one common room, you can also agree to each have the opportunity to decorate separate spaces. This may not lead to the most synced style but at least you have freedom to a room to decorate in your style. If this happens, still keep in mind your roommates unique tastes and try to through in pieces that would also adhere to that.

 

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