Many of us are probably students, living in a dorm or with parents in a room that’s maybe not *entirely* how you want it. Or graduates with a job but not the *perfect* house yet. It can be very discouraging to live in a house and have a room that you don’t feel completely at home in.
When I just moved to Holland I didn’t know or care a lot about interiors. I liked my room to look nice but never really gave it that much effort or went out to actually look for homeware pieces I could use to spruce up my room. Then I met the world of blogging and thereby the world of interiors. Suddenly I became obsessed with homeware bit and pieces and adding all the pretty things to my room. At the same time unfortunately, I became less and less obsessed with my room.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the room in itself, it’s a nice size, has a huge closet and I am allowed to put anything up on the walls. The problem came more with the fact that I wanted everything to change. I want everything to be perfect from the get go. But obviously, I don’t have the time nor – which is way more important – money.
Another thing that bugged me is that the room has to be mostly practical. I live with my boyfriend and we both like to hurdle a little, so a lot of things need to be put away in one room. On top of that, the living room, where I spend most of my time when my father’s gone, can not be changed whatsoever. In no way does it look bad but it’s not me.
I can bet that I’m not the only one who feels this way. Whether you’re a student in a room that’s way too small and only fits a bed and a closet, or you’re someone who’s working but just doesn’t have the money yet to buy the house of your dreams. Here are some things that have helped me make my room – and the living room (slightly) – still feel like me.
Make a gallery wall
Personally I think making a gallery wall is one of the best ways to add personality to your room. Try to add personal pieces, from postcards, to photos to posters. What makes a gallery wall extra special is if the pieces you’re putting up aren’t general. Desenio is a very nice place to get posters but it’s also somewhere where everyone gets their posters. To add more personality into it maybe use old postcards you really like, or look for small businesses on etsy that do nice prints.
Photos are also a great way to add your own personal touch to the wall and remind you of all the memories you’ve made. I’ve recently been sent a photo on aluminium* from fotofabriek, which I think is the perfect addition to my gallery wall (which is in the making). It’s super good quality and every time I look at it reminds me of the amazing holiday I had in Spain – plus it has me wishing to be back where I can swim.
You can also experiment with lots of different types of frames if you’d like. I haven’t started looking into it but Desenio has loads, plus I bet if you look at some of your local thrift or normal stores there’s quite a selection to choose from as well.
Make your bed your comfiest place
Buy nice bedding, some cute cushions and make a fort. Your bed is most likely the centre piece of your room. Everyone has one, and you use it about a third of your day. So why not give it the attention it deserves?
Bedding is obviously the best place to start. There’s some amazing stores where you can get so many different sorts, types and patterns. Some of my favourite beddings come from Next, Urban Outfitters and H&M home. Or just plain old trusted IKEA. Search for something that screams YOU. Something that fits well in your room and that you won’t get sick of after a while. I’ve been eyeing up this sloth bedding from Urban Outfitters as I love white bedding because it goes with everything, and sloths are my favourite animals in the world.
Apart from the bedding there’s also pillows to think about. There’s obviously the standard pillows that come with the duvet but you can also add some more decorative cushions to really make your bed the comfiest place – beware though, after this your bed will look so comfortable you’ll never want to be anywhere else. Get some soft but pretty cushions that you can just throw on your bed and that make you want to burry your head in it.
Use every space available to you
And I don’t just mean for storage. If you have a windowsill, use it to put some plants on or display some photos. Or consider adding some shelves to your room, if there’s nothing hanging there anyway, might as well put that space to good use. Open shelves don’t then have to be used for something useful, you can put anything and everything you want on there without it having any use whatsoever. The eye needs something too right?
Or, if you have the room, consider adding some trinkets or beautiful books on your desk or bedside table. Anything to spruce the place up a little and makes you happy when you look at it.
Hide everything you don’t want to see
Of course there’s going to have to be things in your room that aren’t as pretty or that you’d rather not see every waking minute you spend in your room. So why would you? If there’s hideous things you have to live with, why not put them somewhere you can’t see them? (but are able to reach them easily)
Hiding things that don’t make you particularly happy will do a great deal to your happiness. Make sure that to the most extent, when you’re in your room, you’re actually looking at things you have fond memories of, or at least don’t make you vomit inside. So put away those uni books you don’t want to be reminded of during your holiday. All those ugly trinkets you don’t like but just HAVE to keep because someone gave it to you, hide it away in a closed box.
Instead showcase the things that are pretty to you and that you enjoy looking at.