One of the most exciting aspects of moving into your own dorm or apartment is being able to live life your way. If you want to transform your room into a bohemian, incensed escape than hang up those tapestries and do it up. If the classic prep style is more you, then monogram away! Because the design and decor of your space can considerably affect your mood and happiness, it would be of benefit to you to choose the colors, styles, and decor that speak to you and reflect your personal taste. Besides, who doesn’t love shopping for cool and interesting things to decorate your room with?!
1) Urban Outfitters: From glowing sunset prints to unique elephant images- UO’s bedspreads and comforters are pretty much works of art. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous artsy styles and may have to grab a couple…or 3 or 4. Especially if your room is small, a statement comforter will bring some life into the area without overcrowding it by ways of hanging too much on the walls or stifling up the limited space with extra furniture and bulky items like lamps. Besides being a top destination for stylish bedding, Urban Outfitters has a great selection of trendy room accessories like jewelry stands, wall hooks, and over-the-door organizers.
(Top: Plum & Bow Painted Hills Duvet Cover $89.00, Terry Fan For DENY Reincarnate Duvet Cover $129.00. Bottom: Magical Thinking Marble Duvet Cover $99.00, Shannon Clark For DENY Love Under The Stars Duvet Cover $129.00.)
2) Target: Affordable and cute home accessories are hard to find, but luckily Target has a variety of artwork, stylish shelving, and functional wall decor that won’t break the bank. I especially love the multifunctional wall decor options that give you the option of writing notes (reminders for yourself and your roommates!) and post things like take-out menus, lists, and photos. Mirrors can illuminate a small room, making it seem larger and brighter. If a room has no windows, a wider mirror will reflect some light from lamps and overhead lights. A floor length mirror is a must as we all need to give our outfit a once-over before leaving for the day, but you can also look into decorative mirrors that double as a statement piece for the wall.
Another tip to make a small room appear more spacious is to insure that the draperies or curtains are in the same color family as the walls to avoid contrast. Using light colors and neutrals as wall colors visually open up a room as they are space expanders and provide a neutral background for furniture and wall decor, where you can really play up the colors, prints, and textures! A college necessity is the “boyfriend pillow,” or a pillow that supports your back as you study or read on your bed, or surf Netflix.
(Top: Multifunctional Wall Decor $29.99, Threshold™ Round Tiled Mirror $29.99. Bottom: Large Corner Shelf $39.99, Textured Bedrest $42.99)
Anthropologie: Beautiful products of high-quality with a bohemian flair mixed in can be found at Anthropologie. From one of a kind items (some products are discovered by buyers at Parisian flea markets) to floaty curtains to embroidered pillows from Peru- if you are looking for amazing statement pieces that you will treasure for years, Anthropologie will have unique finds that will catch your eye. Luxe items like sheepskin pillows and silk lampshades are available, but there are also affordable options that are in line with the same contemporary trendy style. Splurging on a couple stand-out decor items can really add to the depth and interest that your room conveys, and can really be a conversation piece! If you smile every time you look at a piece of art, it may just be worth it. You don’t want the same overdone Bob Marley and Keep Calm posters that everyone has, do you?
There are many economical ways to add a luxurious, upscale touch to your place. Choose quality materials like metals over plastics (check out the bronze desk organizer below), natural fabrics over synthetics (cotton bedding and cushions instead of polyester blends), and genuine wood instead of faux materials. Instead of loading up on many cheap accessories, consider that often the overall feel can look better with fewer pieces and thus, less clutter. You can also make DIY projects that are truly special, get ideas here. The possibilities are endless as far as creating your own accessories and adding a twist to furniture. Sift through thrift stores and flea markets to find awesome home goods and deals, such as wooden furniture that you can paint and make your own.
(Top: Codify Pencil Holder $48.00, Paper Clip Letter Holder $12.00. Bottom: Flutter Pattern Rug $78, Zocalo Embroidered Quilt $198.00.)
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