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If you are moving into a new home with a friend, relative or even a stranger, you may find that you and your roomie have different ideas of how to decorate the place. Whether you are renting or buying, this does not have to be a deal breaker for the move.

Undecorated home

Here are 5 tips to decorate the home in a way everyone can agree upon:

1. Have an open discussion. Don’t do anything else until you have spoken honestly with each other. What does each person see for the style of the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and other common rooms? You may find you have similar ideas for a room or two. At the very least, you’ll understand what each person likes and where they are coming from with their design choices.

Avery Shower Curtain by Lush Decor

2. If you don’t see eye to eye, compromise by splitting the rooms up for each roommate to take charge of the design. If one person decorates the living room, the other person can decorate the dining room, and so on. If there are two bathrooms, each roommate gets to tackle one.
3. Treat it like a rental. Even if you are splitting ownership, decorate as if you are renting. This will keep all parties from making major changes that are more difficult to accept. Adding or changing home textiles and art can be done repeatedly without damaging a floor or a wall.

Elegant Scroll Comforter Set

4. Start with your own bedrooms. Your bedroom should be your own private space, so each roommate should have free reign to decorate in any style he or she sees fit. This freedom to make all the choices may also make it easier for each roommate to yield to common room choices they don’t necessarily care for. If you still disagree about color or style and are sharing a room, you can place a room screen in between the two beds to allow each of you to decorate your own side of the room to your tastes.
5. Keep an open mind. What you visualize your roommate doing may be far from what he or she actually has planned. And either way, you will probably get used to it after a couple weeks. You may even be pleasantly surprised and like it. Even if you are strictly old farmhouse style and your roomie is all about contemporary style, when it comes to design choices, focus on the pieces you like rather than the overall design you may not like.
Decorating the home you share with a roommate should not lead to arguments and hostility. Enjoy the process and try to have fun coming up with a decor style you can all get behind.

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