WAYS TO BRIGHTEN UP A NEW ROOM
Dirty, old and often located in horrible areas, student houses aren't the most pleasant of things. Recently I moved out and got a house with four of my friends, but as you'd expect from a poor, pre-graduate budget, it's not exactly the nicest of places. My room itself isn't too bad. It's an alright size and has everything I need in it, minus a wardrobe which is inconveniently located in the middle of the hallway but that's another story, however it still has all the worn qualities every student house does. Cracked ceilings, patchy paint and dim lighting to name a few. As a result I've had to befriend Ikea - let's face it who wouldn't in this drastic time of need? - and invest in some statement decor to brighten things up. Thankfully it worked.
For all of you who have or are planning on moving into a student house, I'd definitely recommend adding bold colours to your bedroom. Personally, I'm not much of a colour person, particularly when it comes to clothes where I usually stick to a neutral, monochrome colour scheme, but for a bedroom bright hues are the way to go. They definitely help draw attention away from the negative downsides to the room and help keep spirits high when it comes to down time and those Monday morning blues.
Just a few of my Ikea buys included the bright faux flowers, as seen in the picture above. Ideal for putting on my desk they really do make my room look more homely and 'lived in'. Also they're great as I don't have to worry about watering them or keeping them alive. I also started my very own polaroid wall. The photos above are years old. I really need to get some film and start taking new snaps, but in the meantime I think the pictures I do have again add to the homeliness and help with homesickness. Also amongst the buys I bought some larger photo frames in a variety of colours. Again I feel they're a nice reminder of all the fun nights I've had out with friends - perfect when it comes to a much needed pick me up.
Other bits and bobs I purchased was a cute lantern and heaps and heaps of candles. Admittedly it's summer, so I don't plan on lighting them anytime soon, but they're great for decoration and when the time does come will no doubt smell fantastic when lit. I also invest in jars and boxes to store away all my clutter - trust me there's lots of it! Have you moved out this summer? If so check out my previous post Tips On Moving Out! What are your ways to brighten up a dreary student bedroom? Leave a comment below
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