When it’s time to move out of your home and go to university in another city, you don’t necessarily have to leave your excellent sense of style or aesthetics behind. Read on as we discuss a few simple, quick and easy fixes to make sure that your student accommodation is not lacking in décor or personal touches.
Modify the Lighting
Changing the light fixtures or adding new ones will mostly not be necessary, but instead there are some simple but effective ways to change the way how your room or apartment looks and feels:
- Light up the mood with mood lights; use floor lamps and dimmer switches
- Smart LED lights, coupled with smart speakers are also a modern and aesthetic option to explore
- Decorate your bedroom headboard or mirror with battery-powered light garlands
- Use different coloured lightbulbs for different rooms to give each room a unique personality
Update the Curtains
One can do so much with curtains and it plays a big role in determining how you use the available sunlight in your apartment.
As it is about personalisation, we will leave the final choices up to you, but in general, lighter shades make for happier and spacious looking rooms, while darker shades are better for insulation and facilitating sleep in the bedroom. Don’t forget about shower curtains either because they can add a lot of character to any bathroom.
Most student accommodation facilities won’t stop you from changing the curtains if you want to, but make sure you keep their original curtains safely stored and ready to put back up before you leave.
Change the Furniture
If you think the living room can benefit from adding a free-standing bookshelf, do so and the same goes for any other additional storage space, coffee tables, chairs and most other types of furniture.
As a student, you’ll need a nice desk for studying. But if the provided desk is unappealing, look for a more modern desk to replace it with. You can find some stylish and affordable desks at Ikea, or they’re often available secondhand on Facebook Marketplace. Just don’t damage anything that’s already there and if you decide to replace anything major, get permission first.
Use Removable Wallpaper
Removable wallpapers come in a whole range of designs, patterns and artistic styles, but most conveniently, they can be easily removed when you get bored of them and want to try out something new.
The Power of Pictures
If you’re not that keen on the colour of the walls, utilise the power of pictures instead. You may not be able to add additional hooks or nails to the walls, but you could try a product such as Command Strips instead. These clever little strips can hold pictures in place, yet still be removed safely and easily when you move out of your student apartment. Plus, you can use them to create an effective gallery wall display that will cover a good chunk of an ugly wall.
Harness the Power of Artificial Plants
A touch of fresh green can help lift the decor and a plant can hide a multitude of sins in the corner of a room. If you’re not green-fingered and don’t want to worry about watering plants, harness the power of artificial plants. The design and realism of artificial plants has improved hugely in recent years and you can get an array of artificial options that look as good as the real thing.
Use artificial palm-style plants in large pots or baskets in the corner of a room, add small succulents in pots to decorate a shelf or use hanging plants in macrame holders for an on trend addition to a living room.
Get a Luxurious Apartment
There are, unfortunately, sometimes limitations to how much and what you are allowed to do in terms of personalisation and redecoration within your student apartment. If you don’t want to adapt the decor to your tastes, look out for the luxurious student accommodation facilities that Collegiate has all over the country and around the top universities in the UK.
Their exclusive student apartments come with the assurance of security, privacy, entertainment and most importantly in regard to the objective here, excellent interior decor.
If you have more drastic remodelling projects in mind, keep them on hold till the time you get out of college and find a more long-term residence. As for now, feel free to customise even these few ideas or add more to the list, as long as they don’t cost too much or require serious renovations.
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