Suggesting Decor Changes in a Shared Space?

Suggesting Decor Changes in a Shared Space?

Aaron Able
Nov 18, 2009

As part of tomorrow's Meetup with the American Design Club, Maxwell and the crowd will be contributing suggestions to help one member from the group solve his or her design challenge. If you can't make it tonight, here is your chance to contribute! Tonight's challenge comes from Christina: Q: My shared living room in a Williamsburg loft is very cluttered and dark, but because it is a shared space with someone who was there first (I've only lived here for a few months), how do I make suggestions to change the space without offending anyone?

Sent by Christina

Here are some photos of my very artsy very music-y loft in Brooklyn — it's great, but help!!
My issues are 1 it is so very cluttered 2 and very dark too. 3 I share it with someone who was there before me, and most everything there is his. 4 I am very sensitive as to how I make suggestions to him, and would love any input on this as well. 5 I live and work there, and we use the butcher block in the kitchen area for eating and working, which is not ideal.

The common space is a rectangle, dimensions are approx 18' x 32' with the kitchen area at one end by the windows, tv/entertainment area at the other. I've included an image of my bedroom for some insight into my personal style. Thanks and looking forward to seeing everyone !

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