Your student room is your space (for your time at university, anyway), so decorating it and making it a bit more you is a necessity. Whether you simply want to add some photos, or some gorgeous homely touches, there are plenty of ways that you can make your room something to be proud of, while still running on a budget.
Go for Cosy
Going all out for cosiness in your student room is definitely the way forwards. After a long day of lectures, there’s nothing better than chilling out in a comfortable room full of fluffy things. Stocking up on throw cushions, pillows and blankets across your bed will make it seem even more inviting at the end of a long day.
When you’re looking at the colours of comfy things, warm colours are the way to go. Warm shades, such as gentle reds and auburn tones, are relaxing enough to make a huge difference to how your room makes you feel when you walk back in.
You most likely won’t have control over the main lighting in your room, but you can add alternatives that are gentle and relaxing. Using softer lighting can help your room feel much more relaxed and chilled, to enhance the feeling of your room being a sanctuary. Desk lamps or fairy lights around the curtain rail are just two ways that you could add a mellow lighting element to your room.
Keepsakes and Trinkets
You can never ever have too many keepsakes, trinkets or little things. Whether it is a favourite teddy from when you were younger or souvenirs that you’ve picked up from holidays, these should all have prominent display positions somewhere in your room to remind you of home. After a long day in the library or lecture theatre, there’s nothing better than getting back home to all of your favourite things.
Personalise the Walls
Painting the walls isn’t necessary to make your room more you. Why not print out all of your favourite photos of family, friends or holiday destinations and simply arrange them across your wall in a pattern that works for you? You don’t even need to buy frames if you don’t want to; you could simply decorate with a touch of decorative tape.
Charity Shops, Coupons and Freebies
With anything that you do decide to buy to decorate your room, try to save money where you can by taking advantage of charity shops or second-hand stores. Especially when it comes to cushions or blankets, these stores can be like a gold mine of cheap, budget-friendly treasures. When you are shopping online, coupons and giveaways are an incredibly easy way to save a little bit of money wherever you can. Timing your purchases to line up with a major planned sale can save you a huge amount of money!