No one wants to live in a University room that is lifeless and bland, but as a student it isn’t feasible to spend a lot of money on new furnishings. I often get carried away with new design ideas but have always had the slight problem of limited expenditure. Over the years, I have discovered cheaper ways to make sure I can get creative without breaking the bank.
Here are some of my tried and tested ways to inject some life into a room…
#1 Fairy Lights
Let’s be honest, there is nothing that a string of fairy lights can’t fix!
Get creative with how you display your pictures and surround yourself with fond memories.
#3 Wall hangings
An inexpensive way to cover a large portion of bare wall with something a little more interesting.
#6 Personalised artwork
You don’t have to be the next Picasso to create your own art… wrapping a canvas with some old fabric is easy-peasy.
#5 Display shelves
Can’t decide what to put on your walls? A floating shelf gives you the flexibility of changing it up.
#6 Candles and incense
I was never allowed them whilst living at home… my mother always thought that I would burn the house down (she had a point, I am a little clumsy). I am now obsessed with filling my room with interesting scents and fragrances.
#7 Handmade decor
Take a trip to your local craft shop and get creative. I got very carried away in my first year at university and my room ended up covered in pom-poms and bunting.
#8 Upcycling furniture
Bring old and outdated furniture back to life with a lick of paint. You will be left with a bespoke piece of furniture and a good ‘green’ conscience.
#9 Thrifted furnishings
Charity, vintage, and thrift shops have a whole host of furniture and decor in great condition that won’t cost the earth. It takes a bit of time and a good eye, but the reward is worth it!
Houseplants are such an easy way to bring life into a room. Just remember to water them, or buy a cactus.
I hope that this post inspires you to get creative at home! Make sure you send in photographs of your creations and the best will feature in my next blog.