One of the pitfalls of living with a roommate is the fact that there are so many little things that can cause resentment and arguments that, in the grand scheme of things, really don’t matter. While both roommates should have complete autonomy to decorate their own spaces as they see fit, the decorating of common spaces can be a major point of contention. Here are a few pointers you can keep in mind to avoid a fight over a topic that really isn’t that important.
If one of you has seniority in an apartment, then that person essentially has the right to decorate public spaces as they see fit, as long as the decorations aren’t offensive in any way. There really isn’t anything wrong with the new roommate adding a flourish or touch here or there or even hanging a picture if they wish, even if there is some clashing going on. The main problem arises when both people move into a unit at the same time.
Luckily, most roommates don’t have a real problem compromising when it comes to decorating public spaces, but if it turns out that there is a real clash of styles, both roommates can benefit by compromising. One roommate can simply allow the other to decorate public spaces in return for another privilege around the apartment. You could even talk about possible financial compensation if the two of you can agree on a price. Above all, remember that the two of you are adults, and if one of you is so passionate about your desire to decorate public spaces in the apartment, then an agreement can be reached so that both parties don’t resent the other.