Pimp your room

One of the best parts is moving away from home, being independent and having your own private space. This means that you can personalize your room with your own unique taste. However, this can be quite a task because rooms on university campus are dull, cold and… empty.

Rooms in halls are dull, cold and empty. Credit: Alexander Possingham/unsplash.com

A student’s time at university is the most carefree and, at the same time, the most constructive period for each student. You can learn a lot of life skills as well as growing as a person. It’s not just about your education!

One of the best parts is moving away from home, being independent and having your own private space. This means that you can personalize your room with your own unique taste. However, this can be quite a task because rooms on university campus are dull, cold and… empty.

It may be a short period of a student’s life, maybe a year or less, and most of the people think that it is not worth spending the time and money to decorate a room. But this is not just a room!! This is your actual home and you will spend quite a lot of time within those walls. So it is necessary to make your home reflect your personality.

Here are some simple steps to make your room Instagram-worthy without spending all your money.

Pimp your bed with colours

Your bed is not only going to be the place to sleep, but essentially it is going to be your sofa and your study area (sometimes) so it is important to add colour. Invest in cheerful and bright duvet covers and sheets. You can also add some cushions to make it slightly more comfortable. A blanket at the foot of the bed could also add a nice aesthetic.

Live up your walls

Here’s an easy one: stick things on the walls! Adding photos or posters on the walls is the best way to decorate them. You can either use blue tack or washi tape to hold those in place. Add your best memories or family pictures and make your room feel more like home.

However, some rooms have a board where you can pin photos, notes and a monthly calendar. This is a great addition to anything else you may put on the wall. If you’re feeling homesick, you can re-read those sweet notes from loved ones abroad.

Washi tape is removable and has more than one use. It can be also used to customize your bookshelves, books and to hang up your lights.

Let there be light

You can place string lights around your bed or mirror (if your room has one). These can make the biggest difference in the mood of your room. If you turn them on at night, it creates a super chill and relaxed environment to wind down from the day. Sometimes those dorm lights can be too harsh, and some string lights can be a game changer. They’re often available in white or colored and can even have fun effects like flashing or strobe. Not sure how to keep those cool lights in place? Buy little clips at a local store, tack then onto the wall, and clip away with your string lights!

Tapestry

A really easy way to decorate your room is using a tapestry. There are many designs out there and you can choose the one you like better. Your empty white wall will become immediately more vivid. In the case of a tapestry with a pattern, the best choice is to place it in the corner of the room or directly in the middle of the wall.

They are also great as curtains if your bedroom window doesn’t provide much privacy or you’d like a relief from the bright morning or afternoon sun. Or if you want that sunlight streaming in, but still need privacy, you can choose a brighter color or a material that is slightly more see-through.

Don’t ignore the floor

Getting a small floor rug can spice up your drab accommodation carpet! There are many colours and sizes available at multiple stores and supermarkets, providing you with ample variety. A rug is easy to clean — simply throw it in the washing machine — and you can take it with you when you leave your student hall.

Replace pets with plants

You may not be allowed to take your favourite pet with you to university, but instead of that, you can get a plant of your choice to take care of.

They are pretty cheap and they are fairly easy to take care of. They just need to be watered and some sunlight. You can either get a flowering plant or a succulent. You could even get a nice smelling herb like lavender.

Turning a cold, empty place, into a tranquil heaven, may seem difficult but this article should help you go on the right track.