When you’re moving out to college, you definitely experience an overwhelming feeling of excitement. At the same time, you know you’ll spend long hours preparing for classes and exams, meaning, your dorm will be one of your main spots while you’re in there.
Having a pleasant and comfortable place to stay is crucial, especially since sleep problems, homesickness, and other factors are likely to cause anxiety and depression in college students. Therefore, you’ll want to feel cozy and welcome in your new space.
So how can you make college feel like home? The answer is to think of your dorm as your own room: it’s somewhere you can unwind after a long study day, chat with your roommate, and of course, hit the books after some well-deserved spare time.
To make college feel like home, it needs to look like your personality. And you’ll be pleased to know that you can make it happen without blowing your groceries money. Here are some handy, inexpensive tips to inspire you.
Pictures, of course!
Though your loved ones might be far, you can bring them closer to you by decorating your room with all kinds of pictures. They can be selfies, portraits, or anything that reminds you of precious times. You don’t even have to pay a lot of money to have high-quality photos on your walls — there are super cheap options of custom canvas prints you can use to make your dorm look stylish, with a touch of you in it.
If you’re a more artsy kind of person, you should invest in personalized canvases, pop art, and floral patterns. What you display in your favorite place says a lot about who you are, so invest in designs that shape your personality.
Whether it is in pillow cases, canvases, or wall art, make sure there is inspiration everywhere you look. Fill your surroundings with motivating phrases and good vibes to keep you focused on your goals throughout the semester. Exams can be tough, but these little reminders will let you know you’re tougher.
Light it up
Give your dorm some glam during nighttime: string lights can be super cheap, and they come in various shapes to match your design goals. You can use them to make your wall art stand out even more.
You can also attach them to polaroid pictures and keep them on top of your study spot. This way, you can keep your memories close, even during busy cramming sessions.
Chill out with your friends after finals week with a dorm fiesta! Go into party mode with LED novelties for everyone: necklaces, hats, shot glasses, and countless other affordable ornaments that glow the night away.
Bare walls? No, thank you!
College students shall not live on pictures alone. There are countless other ways you can fill bland, colorless walls.
If you want a cool room decor but are too lazy to create anything intricate, wall tapestries have got you covered. Literally. They can cover large spaces, are inexpensive, and have pretty unique designs for all tastes. Mandalas are especially popular now, and are particularly appealing to those who want to bring some harmony into their place. The design options are pretty much limitless.
Additionally, you can boast the flag of your country or state on your walls. And why not one of your favorite team while you’re at it? Stay true to your roots, and wherever you are will feel like home.
These tips are especially crafted for when money is short. College students have their dollars counted, but the decorating process shouldn’t be any less fun. In fact, it should be the best part about moving. Can’t figure out your style? Don’t fret. You can always play with the options you have, which can be an important step to self-discovery.
Make your room decor one of the best bits of your college experience. It’s a worthwhile opportunity to get creative, so make it count!