|starting the decoration of my new student room|
When it comes to decorating your student room, I'm a "more is more" kinda gal, as with many aspects of my life. The chances are that most of my suggestions will appeal more to girls, but if you're a bunting kinda guy, by all means be my guest and whack some up. Once you've decorated your room and created a space you really like, you'll feel so much better. Here are my favourite ways of creating a stylish home from home - some you may have thought of before, other you may not have:
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2. Bunting - I made myself some out of an old pair of floral pyjama bottoms. Sure, when you look closely they're pretty badly done, but I saved a fair amount of money on buying some! Just cut out triangles of fabric and attach them to some string or ribbon... If you're extra lazy you could even use a stapler instead of sewing.
3. Posters - a great way to fill wall space. I also put up pretty tea towels, as some are just too nice to dry up pans with.
4. Photos - there's nothing quite like photos of home to make you smile. Stick them up individually, make a collage or display them in nice frames.
5. Pin boards - not only decorative but also practical for sticking up timetables and the like.
6. Magazine cut-outs - can't afford to buy posters? Rip out adverts and fashion pages you like from magazines instead.
7. Flags - another great way to fill up blank bare walls.
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9. Pegs - you can buy cheap pretty ones or just decorate plain ones with a bit of glitter and pens. If you attach them to a piece of string they're a great way of displaying photos/postcards/pieces of paper.
10. Whiteboard - useful for writing a to-do list or just a game of hangman. The choice is yours.
11. Display jewellery or sweets in pretty jars.
12. Pretty knick-knacks like dangly hearts and other interior bits and bobs - I have them hanging from just about everywhere possible.
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14. Flowers - whether real or fake, bought or picked, flowers are always an effective way of freshening up a room.
15. Cards - if you've had a birthday, don't throw all your cards away! The chances are a lot of them are rather pretty, and it's also nice to read back the messages at a later date.
16. Pretty stationary - pen tins, in-trays, boxes... Paperchase is your best friend.
17. Nice bedlinen - the bed in a student room can often take up most of the space, so picking your bedlinen wisely is crucial. Choose something you like (obviously), but I would recommend nothing too crazy or in-your-face - mad colours/patterns may just send your hangover over the edge.
18. Lanterns - I love paper lanterns. Whether they're solar powered or candle-lit, I like to have mine up even when they're not lit up.
19. Candles - not only will they leave your room smelling nice, candles will add a certain toastiness to a cold student room in the winter. Just make sure you're allowed to have them first! And on't burn your building down.
20. Books and folders - while they may not add much styleto your room, displaying chunky old library books will leave visitors thinking you are every inch the intellectual student, and if the books are out, you may just be prompted to actually do some of your work.
So there you have it! No more excuses for boring student bedrooms. The next step is just keeping it clean and tidy...
What are your favourite ways of decorating?