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Renting out a flat, having a room shared with your
brother/sister or staying in dormitory during college, moving together with
your significant other can have its own upsides and downsides. Rent will be
cheaper since it’s split into two or more however, there will be issues with
privacy and etiquette.
Regardless if you’re sharing a room with a friend, sibling or
contacted out of Craigslist, you both will be getting along and setting grounds
one way or another. You have to since that person is the face you’ll be seeing
in the morning and before you sleep, so it’s really important that you get
along.
One of the greatest conundrums roommates face when they lay
eyes and set feet in their new humble space is “How will I decorate? (and still
keep peace).” Both of you will have disagreements when it terms to wall color,
theme, designating own spaces and overall designing and decorating however, the
best way to do so while you maintain a good relationship is to compromise.
 

Photo source: Teen Vogue

Lay your thoughts on
the table. 

Before
you start putting up your artworks and arranging the living room and dining
area as how you like it, be sure to consult and discuss it with the other half
that owns the place as well.

Sit down together and start brainstorming. State your style
or show photos from your inspiration board on Pinterest and look at their style
as well. First thing you should settle should be the color palette; are you
more into earthy tones or monochrome, does she want an all-white room? Of
course, aside from your likes, discuss your dislikes as well. Who knows you
both have the same distastes and if it’s easier for the both of you to start
and work from there, the styling and decorating can be smooth sailing in the
long run. If you are planning on splurging on an item, it’s better that you
both have a take on it to not raise your expectations too high and only get
frustrated in the end. Always consult with the other when it comes to
decorating.

Come into terms. 

There will be a case where you hate
what they like and vice versa but don’t be too dramatic and against about it.
Be sure that you both meet one another’s terms and conditions.

You need to be flexible. You should know by now that not
everything you want will be followed, it’s a give and take process so be sure
you compromise and settle in dispute. If you want to bring in your old coffee
table but the other despises it, you can make a deal that she can bring in her old
dining set only if you can keep the coffee table. If you both can’t agree on
it, maybe it’s time to go shopping for a new dining set and coffee table. Be
fair.

Flip a coin. 

Either that or do rock, paper,
scissors for a fair game. This could be your very last resort if you could not
really agree and come into a common ground.

A simple coin toss or one round of the classic game can be a
fair tie breaker. Whenever you both can’t agree on one or more things and are
both indecisive, play this game and set up and agreement or rules every round
you win that is still both favorable one way or another to avoid any further
complications. Winning a coin toss is an advantage but don’t use it to
overpower the other. Still, be considerate.

Pull it together.

With compromise, giving and taking
and coming into good terms favorable to one another, you now have a
nice-looking and very well-put together abode.

Now that you decided to ditch the coffee table and buy a new
one you both like, place the centerpiece that will make the room more
interesting and eye-catching. Certain sacrifices result into a one great
shared-home you both pulled off nicely. You might have not agreed on everything
but the end result, coin toss and sacrifices will be worth it.
Do always remember, building a strong foundation and
relationship with your roomie is a must to achieve a relaxing living space.
Have any more suggestions and ideas? Share it with us and comment below! 
About Author – 
Chie Suarez never gets
tired of looking at open-house models and searching home decor and design
ideas. She also writes for Wincrest Homes, a company that builds
modern family homes in Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle, and Hunter Regions.