If you’re heading off to university in the coming months then there’s a good chance you’ll be staying in student halls for at least your first year. Now, we’re not saying that halls aren’t glamorous (some are actually pretty swanky) but you may want to dress them up a little and give them a bit of a personal touch.
You won’t be able to go painting the walls and replacing the carpet, but here are some simple things you can do to make you student halls feel a bit more like home…
A great way of making your room feel really personal is to put up some photos of your family and friends. Sure, it might make you pine for home a little to start with but you’ll soon get over that and just start enjoying having your pictures around the room. You could just have them in frames or you could make yourself a picture board, leaving plenty of room so you can add more and more pictures as you go through university.
A student bedroom just wouldn’t be complete without a handful of posters adorning the walls. But what do you choose? Your favourite band or film is always a strong choice, or you could go for a classic poster like that one of that guy holding a baby – guys may well want to choose something else! AllPosters.co.uk will have pretty much everything you could went in this regard.
In your room you’ll probably have one central light and, if you’re lucky, a desk lamp. With that in mind, you might want to think about adding your own lighting. We’re not talking about rewiring the building, but you can add a few nice lighting touches around the room to really make the place feel a lot more homely. For example if you have a look on Lights4Fun, they have loads of great bedroom lighting ideas you could use.
Whilst the carpet and walls may be out of bounds, you have pretty much free reign over the rest of the room (within reason, obviously). And this is where some soft furnishings can come into their own. Bedding and cushions are the most obvious place to start and just by using these to add a splash of colour or pattern to the room, you’ll notice a massive difference. You may be able to get away with changing the curtains as well but double check beforehand. Matalan is a great place to go for this kind of thing and it won’t cost you the Earth.
Plants are something that might not immediately spring to mind but can really make a difference in a room. Obviously you’ll need to keep them watered regularly or they will have the opposite effect, but just as long as you do so, then having plants and flowers in your student room will really brighten the place up.
What other simple decorating tips do you think could help someone to settle into life in their student halls? Let’s hear your suggestions in the comments below!