Everything can be personalised – even plain lampshades! If you poke holes in them, you can project any pattern you want around your room. Word of warning – only do this to lamps you own though or you could face losing your deposit.
This one sounds scary, but hear us out. It turns out you can make temporary wallpaper using nothing more than sheets of fabric and liquid starch. All you have to do is choose your favourite material (the wackier the colour, the better) and then use a sponge roller to stick it up using the starch – you can find the full instructions here. When you’re ready to move out, you can just peel it right off.
Same goes for any little keepsakes you’ve picked up from your hols, any gifts from your friends, or anything else that’s special to you – it should all be on display on your desk or hanging on your walls.
If you want to take it one step further, try adding some warm colours to your room. Soft reds and auburn colours will always make you feel relaxed, so bear that in mind when you’re thinking of your next colour scheme.
Soft, gentle lighting is key if you want to feel completely chilled in your room. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to control the main lighting, but you can make your room look super-mellow with a small lamp, or a string of fairy lights hung over your mirror.
However you choose to decorate your room, remember it’s yours (for the year!) so you should be bold and put your own stamp on it. If you put your personality into your room, you’ll find it easy to relax and enjoy yourself in there. Check out all of the amazing student rooms we’ve got ready and waiting for you to decorate next year!
If you’re bored of the fittings that came with your room, there’s a really easy way to change things up a bit. Unscrew the old handles on furniture like your chest of drawers, and screw in different ones that you’ve chosen yourself. There are loads of options out there, and you can easily put the old ones back at the end of your tenancy so you won’t get in trouble!
You can never have too many trinkets! Got a fave teddy bear from home? Pack him up and bring him to uni. When you get home after a day of lectures, you’ll wanna collapse on your bed and see your #1 pal.
Washi Tape is a magical Japanese masking tape that is completely removable and reusable (so don’t worry about your deposit!) Use it for making photo frames, crafting (more) removable wallpaper and, our personal favourite, using it to create imaginative pineapple-themed wall art..
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You’ve got your phone, your tablet and your laptop… all of these things need to be regularly charged. With so many wires it’s easy for your favourite electronics to pile up and begin to look unsightly. But we’ve got a fix for this, too: make your own charging station! You’ll be surprised how quickly things look tidier without all the wires.
A string of fairy lights is essential for any student looking to create a snug bedroom worthy of Pinterest. These can be draped around a room and are also perfect for holding up photographs from home with pegs.
Tired of how your room looks? Learn how to decorate your student room with our top tips:
Why not spruce up the place with a few lovely plants? Mini bonsai trees, indoor flowers, herbs, and even chilli plants can all be bought on the cheap and they’ll brighten up your day no end! Every day, you’ll be able to come home and see your new plants growing and you can really experiment with the colours because there are so many different types of flowers you can buy.
starting the decoration of my new student room Whether you’re a fresher in a hall of residence or a returner in a shared student house, the chances are you’ve just moved into a pretty plain box of a room.
Maybe it’s suffering from damp, maybe it’s 60s furniture, either way, a plain room simply will not do. Anyone who has seen my student bedrooms, both this year and last, will know that I go all out on the decorating – Rachelifying, I like to say.
When you’re creating a home away from home, particularly for the first time, I think it’s really important to make your bedroom a little bit of a haven in the bustling world that is uni life. An oasis of calm, perhaps.
Somewhere you feel both comfortable and comforted. If you’re in a hall of residence, the chances are that your bedroom is the only place that you have to work, eat, relax and sleep in, so it’s in your interest to put the effort into making it somewhere pleasant.
There’s nothing like coming back after a hard day (well, hour or so if you’re an arts student) of lectures and having a little time to yourself in your only private square of uni to revitalise yourself with a cup of tea and some quiet.
When it comes to decorating your student room, I’m a “more is more” kinda gal, as with many aspects of my life. The chances are that most of my suggestions will appeal more to girls, but if you’re a bunting kinda guy, by all means be my guest and whack some up.
Once you’ve decorated your room and created a space you really like, you’ll feel so much better. Here are my favourite ways of creating a stylish home from home – some you may have thought of before, other you may not have: pic from courtneydesigns.
ie 1. Fairy lights – as far as I’m concerned, no room is complete without them. They add something special and magical.2. Bunting – I made myself some out of an old pair of floral pyjama bottoms. Sure, when you look closely they’re pretty badly done, but I saved a fair amount of money on buying some! Just cut out triangles of fabric and attach them to some string or ribbon.
.. If you’re extra lazy you could even use a stapler instead of sewing.3. Posters – a great way to fill wall space. I also put up pretty tea towels, as some are just too nice to dry up pans with.4. Photos – there’s nothing quite like photos of home to make you smile.
Stick them up individually, make a collage or display them in nice frames.5. Pin boards – not only decorative but also practical for sticking up timetables and the like.6. Magazine cut-outs – can’t afford to buy posters? Rip out adverts and fashion pages you like from magazines instead.
7. Flags – another great way to fill up blank bare walls. pic from candyblog.net 8. Gel gems – I love sticking these little jelly shapes on to mirrors and my windows – they look particularly lovely on the latter when the sun shines through.
9. Pegs – you can buy cheap pretty ones or just decorate plain ones with a bit of glitter and pens. If you attach them to a piece of string they’re a great way of displaying photos/postcards/pieces of paper.
10. Whiteboard – useful for writing a to-do list or just a game of hangman. The choice is yours.11. Display jewellery or sweets in pretty jars.12. Pretty knick-knacks like dangly hearts and other interior bits and bobs – I have them hanging from just about everywhere possible.
pic from thejerusalemconnection.us 13. Paper chains – easy to make from scraps of old wrapping paper and a cheap way of jazzing up a party too.14. Flowers – whether real or fake, bought or picked, flowers are always an effective way of freshening up a room.
15. Cards – if you’ve had a birthday, don’t throw all your cards away! The chances are a lot of them are rather pretty, and it’s also nice to read back the messages at a later date.16. Pretty stationary – pen tins, in-trays, boxes.
.. Paperchase is your best friend.17. Nice bedlinen – the bed in a student room can often take up most of the space, so picking your bedlinen wisely is crucial. Choose something you like (obviously), but I would recommend nothing too crazy or in-your-face – mad colours/patterns may just send your hangover over the edge.
18. Lanterns – I love paper lanterns. Whether they’re solar powered or candle-lit, I like to have mine up even when they’re not lit up.19. Candles – not only will they leave your room smelling nice, candles will add a certain toastiness to a cold student room in the winter.
Just make sure you’re allowed to have them first! And on’t burn your building down.20. Books and folders – while they may not add much styleto your room, displaying chunky old library books will leave visitors thinking you are every inch the intellectual student, and if the books are out, you may just be prompted to actually do some of your work.
So there you have it! No more excuses for boring student bedrooms. The next step is just keeping it clean and tidy…What are your favourite ways of decorating?
An easy way to get a unique, personalised rug is to paint one. There are lots of cheap rugs out there in thrift stores and other secondhand shops for you to use, but you’ll get the best results if you use one with a low pile. To find out how to do it, check out this tutorial.
If you have an open wardrobe with a visible hanging rail, things can look messy really easily if you use a load of mismatched hangers. Instead, try buying a set of cheap hangers and then customising them so they match your room. Add sequins, cover them with fabric or spray paint them gold for a luxurious touch…
If your walls are looking a little bare, you’ll wanna add a splash of colour or hang up some amazing art. But what if you just don’t have the cash to make your bedroom look swish? We’ve come up with some ace ideas so you can decorate your student room on a budget.
Your room is where you go to chill out and unwind after a busy day of lectures, so you should make sure it’s as cosy and comfortable as possible! Extra cushions, pillows, throws, and blankets on your bed will make your room seem all the more inviting.
Slogan cushions or those with a colourful or quirky design can bring a bed area to life. These Harry Potter-inspired wonders can be found online here, but Etsy also has a diverse selection for any student room.
It’s no secret students have a lot to remember, what with all the essay deadlines, exam dates and lunches with friends. You could cover every inch of your room with post-it notes, but a much better (and tidier) solution is creating your own deadline board. Our favourite is this one, because it’s a really simple design using a cork board and some string. Alternatively you can even use an old tray.
There is no reason why storage options can’t be attractive too. Take this jewellery board for example, which is a simple way of keeping track of necklaces and making use of space in a room. These can be attached on the inside of wardrobe doors if you wish to keep a minimalistic look for your bedroom.
It’s super-easy to personalise your room with your fave photos. It might sound simple, but if you just print off your pics (there’s no need to buy frames!) and put them on your wall in a pattern you love, your room will instantly feel warm, welcoming, and, most importantly, like your own!
If your bed is looking a little dull, you can design your own headboard to add a touch of personality. All you need to do is head to the nearest hardware shop to pick up a decent-sized plank of wood to decorate with lights, fabric or anything you fancy.
There’s not much to this trick, we’ll admit, but adding a few plants here and there is an easy way to bring life to a room. They also come with a surprising array of health benefits, like making the air cleaner and helping you study better (seriously!). Aloe vera, jade plants and rubber trees are all really easy to care for, or you could start with a few of these.
If you’re living in a studio apartment, it can be hard to know what to do with the open space. But there’s an easy fix! You can use your furniture to create different ‘zones’. Put a bookcase along the side of your bed and you can create a bedroom area. Set up your desk along the side of the living room to separate it from where you sleep. There are lots of ways to do it (and it’s quite fun thinking of them), so check out Houzz for some inspiration.
Anything can be transformed to hold your belongings if you get creative. Even a small stepladder can become a cute storage feature with a bit of love and attention. If your bookshelf has a plain back panel, you can personalise it by adding photos into the empty spaces behind your books. That way, you’ll have all of your friends there (in spirit, at least) to support you through your next essay deadline.
Decorating Your Student Room on a Budget Published on October 20, 2017 by The Student Housing Company
Make your university room Instagram-worthy without blowing your student budget.
If you want to frame your photos but you’d rather not splash the cash, try washi tape. This bright, colourful tape can be added to the edges of your pics and it will look like you’ve spent loads of cash buying awesome frames but cost just a fraction of the price! What’s more, little things like this will help you to combat homesickness, and just feel way happier and more settled at uni!
If you want to hang something heavy and Washi Tape just won’t cut it, you can invest in some Command Hooks. These removable wall mounts come in a range of sizes, so you can hang up everything from your favourite artwork to your winter coat without leaving a trace behind on the wall when you leave.
You will probably be spending at least some of your year working away at your desk, so why not make it a place you actually want to sit at. Spruce up the area with colourful lanterns, photos or plants. If you wish to attach items to the wall, try UHU’s white tack, which is great as it doesn’t leave stains.
Add a splash of colour to walls like interior designer Paigebrowndesigns did on this dorm room. She attached this dreamy, blue tapestry to the wall using double sided tape – an easy decorating solution if you are not allowed to make holes in walls.
Simple measures can transform your storage space to make it look organised and attractive. Take these dividers, for example, which can quickly jazz up an underwear or sock drawer in seconds.