Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tips for common living rooms

For renters on a budget, it may be more feasible to rent a house or condo unit with roommates. Living with other people, whether they’re your closest friends or complete strangers, can be daunting and challenging. Clashing personalities and differing tastes in home décor can be causes of problems. Decorating your personal bedroom space will be a breeze, compared to decorating the common areas such as the living room. 

Find common ground

Decide on some rules for the common areas together. This may cover rules on smoking inside your home, designated dining areas, phone use, chores and other responsibilities.

Having the same design preferences as your roommates will make the decorating process a lot easier. However, finding a design soul mate in your roommates may not be very likely. In the process of decorating your common living room, shop for home décor together. This will help you understand each other’s aesthetic and find common ground. If your design and color preferences are poles apart though, opt for a neutral design and color scheme. Grays and beiges in solids and simple patterns can create a neutral living room that can be appealing to most. 

Designate storage zones

In homes with limited spaces, especially in the case of condo units, the common living room should also have storage space. The TV is usually located in the living room, making it the perfect storage location for all things TV-related, which may include DVDs and video games. Just be sure to create an effective storage system where you can identify whom each item belongs to. If your bedrooms lack storage space, you may also opt to store books, board games and other personal items in enclosed cabinets. Designate different zones for each roommate for this as well. 

Establish rules

Decide on some rules for the common areas together. This may cover rules on smoking inside your home, designated dining areas, phone use, chores and other responsibilities. These considerations can affect your living conditions and can often be sources of problems. Having set guidelines will help prevent problems and disagreements later on. - Aislinn Kee 


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