When I was at university (many, many years ago!) I lived locally, so I didn’t experience the whole halls-of-residence thing; I never had to share a tiny kitchen, didn’t have to queue for the bathroom and didn’t have to worry about trying to cram everything I owned into a tiny single room. Back then (we’re talking early 2000’s), the height of interior sophistication was a poster of your favourite band, some photographs from home and a floor cushion or two; nowadays, there’s way more choice for anyone on a tight budget – today I’ve come up with five great tips for making your university room as stylish and cosy as possible.
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1. Choose some accessories
Deciding on accessories is one of the best things about styling a room; bedding is the biggest decision, and if you’ve got a small room (from what I remember, most rooms in a halls-of-residence are pretty teeny), it’s good to keep it fairly calm and neutral or the pattern will take over the whole space. Mix it up with some geometric cushions and throws, coloured lighting and candles, and an all-important clock to make sure you get to lectures on time.
2. Think about storage
Any small room needs careful thought when it comes to storage; wicker stacking baskets are great for books and magazines, wire baskets are perfect for accessories and kilner jars can be used for everything from your toothbrush to pens and pencils.
3. Consider some greenery
Even if you don’t have partcularly green fingers, adding plants to a room introduces a sense of calm (ideal for exam time!) and if you choose the right ones, helps to cleanse the air. If you’re notoriously bad at keeping plants alive, succulents and cactii need barely any attention and can survive even the harshest neglect!
4. Remember to clean!
Living in a small room has a few clear advantages; one being that it’s easy to keep clean. Whip a duster round, polish the surfaces and sweep the floor once a week, and you’ll find it easier to both study and relax. (Or, at least push stuff under the bed so you can’t see it…..)
5. Don’t forget the lighting
When you arrive in your new room, you’re already going to have a main overhead light, but adding a few lamps can completely change the atmosphere of the room. A good desk lamp is essential for late-night study sessions, and it’s always good to have a reading lamp and a few candles to dot around for those times y