New moves can bring forth all sorts of anxieties and stress. None stronger than when you're moving in with a new roommate. Even if you like him/her/them a lot, bills, chores and last but not least — décor — can sometimes cause some tension. But it can sometimes lead to a great collaboration, too!
After worrying about whether you'll get along or if chores and bills will be distributed evenly, if you start to worry about how you'll ever decorate with a roommate, don't. Plenty of folks around the country and world have found their design soul mates with a roommate (or at the very least learned to compromise). Not only do you get to enjoy a lot of good-looking stuff when you move in with a roomie with good tastes, you also learn to step out of your comfort zone and explore new ideas, whether your tastes are similar or miles apart. We've rounded up five house tours where roommates worked together (or stood back) to allow a great collaboration of styles and tastes to come together in one spot. It might not always be easy, but these tours are proof that it's possible: you can live with a roommate and have a good-looking place.
1) Lanz, Michael and Brent's Evolving History House (Part I)
2) Justin Styles Around His Roommates
3) Jeremy's Endless Energy and Resourcefulness
4) Four Ladies in a Beach House
5) Laura & Megan's Bright Vintage Inspired Apartment
Special tip for roomies that are all dudes: check out the post by Gregory, Setting Up Home: Men's Style from Our House Tours. Share your decorating with a roomie and it worked stories!
Images: 1: Jessica Watson; 2, 3: Jill Slater; 4,5: Bethany Nauert