Living with another person comes with its fair share of difficulties, but decorating shouldn’t be one of them. Having a roommate can make living arrangements feel temporary, which can make it tempting to avoid decorating, period. Actually investing in a home that isn't "yours" can seem like a waste of time, effort, and money. But just because you’re sharing a space doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it your own; in fact, that’s even more reason to do so! Making your home feel like home — to both of you — is a great way to start your roommate relationship off right.
Find Common GroundDiscuss likes, dislikes, expectations, hopes, dreams...you get it. Keep in mind that neither of you is likely to get everything you want. But, each of you should be happy with the finished space. To get started, create a secret Pinterest board together to share décor inspiration — it’s a good way to see each other’s styles and visualize how they could work together.
Plan AheadTalk about what items you each plan on bringing into the shared space, and discuss ways to make those items work together. Then, figure out what else you’ll need and determine who will be purchasing what, keeping in mind how you’ll be splitting things up when you go your separate ways. On that note, you'll want to avoid splitting the cost of pricier pieces to avoid confusion around who gets — and keeps — what.
There are multiple opinions and styles to consider, and investing in a shared space can seem like a waste of time, effort, and money.