You’ve always had full control over what your room says about you. You’ve picked everything from bed sheets and plants to how bright you like your lighting settings. Now, maybe for the first time, you’re going to share a space with a roommate, partner, friend, or family member and you have to come together to decide on how to decorate your space.
Narrow down subject matter and color scheme. We say that as the first step because defining your playground helps narrow down your options. Once you’ve decided that abstract or pop art is where you want to play, you can begin to explore from a shared starting point.
Close your eyes and imagine what you want your art to make you feel. Be open to the fact that you might have been certain about an ocean
landscape because you want to be immersed into the warmth and calm of that summer memory but think about how a fashion piece or tennis court could make bring the same feeling – warm and transportive.
Choosing something for taste sometimes puts the locus of choice in the wrong place – rather than go with taste, we say go with heart. You can never go wrong if you take a moment to travel down memory lane to your favorite movie, vacation spot, restaurant, or hobby. If it’s emotional and personal, you can’t go wrong.
If you can’t come together and reconcile your differences, perhaps divide and conquer. The best compromise is to double down on your art: one wall for me, one wall for you. Again, take a moment to agree on the category, but from there, off you go on your own.
Third-party insight is not to be overlooked. It can be extremely valuable to get an outsider’s opinion, especially if that outsider has a design background. Pick that person who won’t be biased to a person, but rather uphold the aesthetic of the space.