Top tips to give your student interior style a luxury upgrade
In this article, our experts have put together our top tips and tricks to ensuring your student house feels like home, and hopefully allowing your mind and room to feel clean and fresh for the new year!
As we approach the festive season, many students will be getting ready to make their way back home to spend time over the festive season with family and friends and enjoy their creature comforts. For some, the new year can be a great time to reflect and set upon a new year’s resolution, so why not make one of those goals to add a few new touches to your living space? And if you’re a parent of students, you might get some inspiration for what to gift this year!
Living in shared accommodation and hating your living area or bedroom can really affect your mind, especially after returning from a few weeks at home. A calm space is a calm mind after all!
Move things round
Bring out the interior designer in you! Don’t be afraid to move things around to please your tastes. For example, a simple yet very effective transition could be as easy as moving your desk in front of the window instead of the corner. Why?
Natural light. For most students, living space can be very restricted. Allowing more natural light can do absolute wonders, with the room feeling more open, and can instantly improve your mood. There’s a reason feng shui has been used by interior experts for centuries!
Moving your furniture around can also be a fantastic way of interacting with your dorm students. Asking for help whilst moving things around is so easy to do and will prevent you from straining yourself.
Light it up
Different light sources can add such a homely, cosy feel to brighten up any University accommodation. Fairy lights are a great alternative to a main light or a harsh lamp when you want to just chill in your room and watch a film but not be in complete darkness. They’re not just for girls either! Fairy lights are a cheap, easy way to personalise and decorate your room with a cosy feel. You may also want to have a desk lamp for more focused studying.
An easy way to create the illusion of more light and space is by using mirrored furniture such as our Venetian Mirrored range which includes items such as bedside tables, dressing tables and chest of drawers.
Make it comfy
Decorate your room with soft furnishings such as cushions and blankets to fight the cold winter nights in your accommodation as they aren’t the warmest place in the world.
We’d recommend even buying a double duvet and bedding sets in the hope of having a double bed in first year (which you usually do in second and third year) therefore, saving you buying two. But if you do end up with a single bed you get the added benefit of having a thicker quilt and feeling extra cosy, especially in winter.
Make use of storage space
Chances are your Uni room isn’t going to be the most spacious of all places, so you’re going to have to make the most of the little space you’ve got. An ottoman is a great way to add extra storage to your bedroom, where you can store spare bedding, towels or clothes whilst creating extra seating for those times when you have company over!
Who needs a laundry bag taking up room on your floor? Not you, hang a laundry hamper on the back of your door. You can use a cork wall to hang your jewellery, nicely displaying your necklaces whilst being practical at the same time. Keep cables and chargers tucked away and preferably out of sight.
Be the perfect host
Hosting friends over for the evening? Make sure you’ve got enough chairs for everyone, no one wants to be sat on the floor. Or you could style up your room with alternative seating like some bean bags for comfort as well as practicality.
However you style your room is totally up to you, and you only. Waking up each morning with your ideal interior, feeling fresh and relaxed starts your day off the right way!