You’ve grown up, moved out of your parents’ place, and gotten your independence, but have you really? One of the most common problems young women endure is sharing their living space with one or more people. We all know that living with roommates can be fun on a Friday night when you’re getting ready to celebrate the weekend, but when Monday comes and reality sets in, you’re left learning how to cope with the situation. This is when you find yourself having to compromise in order to be considerate to your roommates. While compromising is good, here’s how you can decorate your living space to your satisfaction without stepping on each other’s toes.
First, have an open conversation about your likes and dislikes. You might be presently surprised to find that you have the same favorite band or favorite color. Take a minute to run through each other’s Pinterest boards to find some similarities in your interests.
If this results in the realization that you have nothing in common, don’t worry just stick to the basics when decorating. Who doesn’t like inspirational phrases or subtle neutral colors? This picture frame from Urban Outfitters is simple, classic, and inspirational, and very unlikely to disturb a roommate like some of those other crazy colorful neon posters you may have wanted to use instead.
When you’re decorating your place with furniture, there’s a fine line between having too much crammed into a small space and not enough. Try buying a piece of furniture that doesn’t take up a lot of space, while still keeping your stuff organized. The Urban Outfitters furniture rack featured here will most definitely please your roommate with your clothes and accessories will be hanging neatly rather than lying dispersed all over the apartment. A delicate furniture piece like this is effective for hanging and not overpowering in terms of size or color.
Just remember, your living space should reflect the tastes of everyone living there. Keep the common rooms simple if you can’t agree on a specific theme then add your own flavor to your individual bedroom.
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Are you tired of wearing the same outfits every day? Do you ever wish you could create a new look without having to revamp your whole wardrobe? Everyone knows when it’s early in the morning and you’re getting ready for school or work, there isn’t always a lot of time to experiment with your outfit. In a Refinery 29 article Alison Ives gives us a few tips on how we can easily take our standard look to the next level by making just a few small adjustments.
Let’s say your style is feminine, classy, and simple. You’d pair a print skirt with a casual top and a pair of pumps. To make the look a bit more modern and stylish, Alison advises switching the pumps for a pair of sneakers and adding a blazer.
Perhaps your style consists of mainly whites, blacks, and greys. You play around with crop tops, leather, and short skirts, but you’re looking for a way to refresh your look. Alison advises adding a pop of color with a textured garment like the green sequined skirt below.
Perhaps your style is more comfortable and sporty chic. You open up your closet and you’re greeted with lots of casual white tops and black pants. You like being able to easily throw a matching outfit together, but now you think it’s time to be a little more playful. Alison advises that you try mixing up garments of different lengths. Try a cropped leather jacket with a long white tunic and your coveted black pants. Wearing items of various lengths is a great way to have fun with a neutral-colored outfit.
Perhaps your style is a little bit crazier; you don’t shy away from bold colors or prints. You know how to create a fun and exciting look, but sometimes that might not be enough. To get out of your style rut, Alison advises going all out in prints. Don’t just settle with a printed skirt. Add a print top or a fun pair of printed socks. Try bringing out one of the colors in a print by matching it with a solid colored outerwear piece.
The next time you’re staring at your closet wishing you could get out of your style rut, just remember that it only takes minor changes to update your outfit. What’s your favorite way to keep your look interesting?
By: Jaclyn Parker
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