Friday, July 04, 2014

BRIGHTENING UP A STUDENT HOUSE





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

WORDS: Emma Matthews
PHOTOS: Emma Matthews



20 comments:

  1. Some brilliant ideas - I love the polaroid wall!
    The flowers look gorgeous too. I can't wait to redecorate my room in September.

    Rachael at rachaelisnotwowzie.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. definitely need these tips for september - love the polaroid pictures! xx

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  3. Love the polaroid picture wall! Such a personalized touch. And I love how colorful that bouquet is. Bright and cheerful!

    xoxo
    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you like it! x

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  4. I love these ideas. I like to make my own faux flower arrangements & hit up op-shops for cool little vases & statement pieces. A Lavender, orchid and peacock feather arrangement is currently brightening up my dresser :)

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  5. I love the polaroid wall! I'm moving into a student house into September and I've got loads of bright cushions and blankets for my bedroom :) xx

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  6. I love these ideas!! Putting Polaroids on the wall is a fun idea!
    ~Sara

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  7. I buy fresh flowers as often as I can, I think they just change so much about a home :)
    xx

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  8. Gorgeous flowers! They'd certainly add some colour to a room!

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  9. Great tips! I've just finished being a student and moved out of my last student house and my main tip for brightening up a student house is nice rugs - all the accommodation I lived in had really awful carpets, or laminate flooring which was freezing in the winter!

    Rebecca / dust+moon

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  10. Some lovely ideas. Theres lots you can do if you are into diy/crafting too such as candle making, bunting, cushions etc xx

    cheeky cherub crafts

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