Whether you are a couple, friends or family, moving in together is always a new and exciting experience. What’s even more exciting is making your apartment your home! Decorating your apartment allows you to bring out your personal style, and creates an atmosphere that you’re happy to be in on a day-to-day basis. However, you can’t forget that you’ll also need to take your new roommate’s opinions into consideration when you begin to decorate your new home.
It’s not uncommon when living with someone that one person will take over the decorating, and chances are, your roommate may feel a little left out. If you’re the one who will be taking a hold of the decorating task, consider representing both of your personalities in your home décor. Try showcasing both of your favourite colours in your living room accents, putting up pictures that hold significance to both of you, or asking them which piece of furniture they like best. Try to eliminate making all of the big decisions by yourself.
Will you be moving into your roommate’s existing apartment, or are they moving into yours? Try making some changes together to help with the transition. Rearrange some of the furniture, or repaint a wall so that the new living partner feels that they’ve contributed to the feel of the home.
If you are completely redecorating a room, or still investing in staple pieces, try to make the decisions together. This is especially important if you and your roommate have unique needs. Does your roommate or significant other need somewhere to kick up their feet after a long day? Consider a sturdier, more durable living room table rather than the fragile option to help accommodate each other’s needs.
Find the balance between your nonnegotiable pieces by having open conversations about the pieces that matter most to you. No one should have to hide their paintings in the closet, and finding a balance between both of your styles will enhance the style of your home in the long run.
If you both have furniture already, consider the pieces that work well together or that you cannot live without. If the couch is more important to one of you, choose that piece for the living room, and choose your favourite kitchen table for the other. Compromising is key in this stage of your home décor thought process.
However you and your significant other or roommate decorate your home, remember to take each other’s opinions and styles into consideration.
We would LOVE to see how your home décor ideas turned out and how you were able to showcase multiple styles in your CLV Group home. Send us a photo of your apartment or let us know your decorating tips by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.