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Chris Buckner on Tips for Combining Decor With Your New Roommate

Chris Buckner, former Showroom Manager for Jonathan Adler, shares tips on how to combine home decor ideas with your roommate.

By Chris BucknerPublished about a year ago 4 min read

Creating a space that reflects your personality is essential, but having a peaceful relationship with your roommates and friends will also ensure you’re happy at home. This can be done through compromises on your own style.

Your roommates will likely not be your soulmates regarding interior design or décor savants. In fact, their tastes are likely to be on par with yours, and they may even have their own ideas for decorating a table. Knowing your roommates’ tastes and styles before moving in can help you create a space that will work seamlessly with them. Here are a few ways to ensure that your and your roommates’ decorating styles work together seamlessly.

Have a Conversation

It’s also better to plan with your roommates than to wait for them to come up with their own ideas. Instead, come up with a list of what you both agree on and where you’re willing to compromise. The décor should also be in the best possible way to maximize the space for both of you. After that, take advantage of your various resources, such as magazines and a shared Pinterest board.

Evaluate the Space

If you’re focused on where to place an oversized vintage carpet, consider other design options instead. Instead of finding the perfect space for your entire home, try creating a space that will enhance its best features and make living there more enjoyable. Having both of you put the place first can help make it easier to see eye-to-eye.

Neutrals and Pops

If you’re planning on decorating your space with another person, you might not want to go overboard with your style. Your roommates are likely more likely to appreciate neutral tones and shapes, which makes for an easy compromise.


Make sure all your furniture is neutral to use it as a starting point for adding character. You can also invite your roommates to participate in the project by coming up with unique pieces that each of them can add to the mix.


Establishing a good relationship with your roommates is also essential, showing them that you value their company. Without overdoing it, compliment them on their choice of design pieces. Doing so can help them see that you like their work.

About Chris Buckner

Chris Buckner is a sales professional who resides in New York City. Chris attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. One of the reasons that Chris was drawn to UT was the outpouring of volunteers that stem from the institution. Both personally and professionally, philanthropy and advocacy have been lifelong passions for Chris. Because of this, Chris’s first position was as a columnist for Metropulse, a publication that is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN). AAN publications are known for their regional concentration on arts and culture, tolerance for social and individual liberties, neutrality in news reporting, and enthusiasm to cover themes and locations that many mainstream media sources overlook. Chris featured local artists in his weekly lifestyle pieces, where he recounted museum exhibition experiences and promoted new bands. Chris also obtained feature writing experience as a cover story author.

Chris Buckner has always been a good match for the sales field. He has thrived in the retail industry for almost two decades. Prior to arriving in New York, Chris refined his customer service talents at Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, a food co-op that nourished and empowered the Knoxville community.

As a showroom manager, Chris led $1.5 million in sales at the Crate & Barrel flagship store in New York City, ranking first in his area and second overall. As the Store Manager for the Washington, D.C. location for Jonathan Adler Enterprises, Chris Buckner used his interior design talent and natural people skills to increase revenues by $300,000. Chris also seized the opportunity of the location, with Georgetown being a thriving and populous business district. He joined the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), establishing a network of other businesses and attracting visitors to Georgetown’s historic design district and over 470 stores, restaurants, and shops. Chris attended community events and increased awareness of the brand. Chris also created a specialized training program for staff that enabled personalized textile projects at the client level. This advancement increased category sales by 60%.

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About the Creator

Chris Buckner

Chris Buckner is a customer service professional and retail expert who has over twenty years of experience in the industry. Now residing in NYC, Chris is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Learn more by visiting

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