So you may be moving in tomorrow, or later in the week, but you really will be at Loughborough then! Are you excited? I definitely was, and it felt so good to know I was moving into the halls and could then start freshers week, but when faced with my room I felt a little deflated. Blank white walls, pale wood furniture, I was excited to move in, but the room didn’t feel mine.
So how do you make it feel a little more like home (and less plain and boring)? Here’s some ideas!
You’ve probably already got these, and bright red was my colour of choice, to liven up the room, though patterns or warm colours can help bring aspects of home, or just make the white walls not look as cold.
You will probably spend quite a bit of time in your room over the next year, and most people end up using their beds as impromptu seating, so you can also add some more homey touches with cushions and pillows.
These are not just Christmas decorations when you live away from home. Halls can have harsh lighting, so fairy lights can give off softer, coloured light, perfect for trying to get to sleep or mood lighting.
Posters and Photos
They can cover vast amounts of bare walls, and make a statement about who you are, perfect! You may not have thought about these, but that’s no worry, because poster sales are a uni speciality. Give it a couple weeks and one will pop up in the Union with a large selection (and they’re all quite cheap!). Photos can be reminders of home, or memories of your first year at uni, and with lots of photo developing companies offering free snaps, such as Snapfish, you can plaster them all over your room relatively cheaply!
Books and DVDs
Now in the age of Kindles and Netflix, you may not have any, but it always worth having a few favourite movies on a shelf for movie nights with your flatmates, or a good couple of books for any sleepless (non-uni work filled) nights. You never know you may find you have interests in common with your flatmates though your movie and book choices!
You may have other things that help your room feel more homey, but I hope these can be a starting point when you’re faced with a room that’s a blank canvas to make your own.