Can anyone quite believe we are already over halfway through the month of June?! I definitely can’t. There are now less than two weeks until I can move into my new Uni house share, and I’m more than a little excited to put my stamp on my new lodgings.
One of the only qualms I have with Uni living and lifestyle (obviously along with the awful sinking feeling of seeing an empty bank balance/purse all too often) is that when you rent, you are limited to what you can do with a room.
No paint colour change here I’m afraid, or any permanent wall fixtures. Therefore wall decals, white-tack and other clever décor ideas will be aplenty in my new room. Ultimately, I’d like my room to mimic mine at home with a very minimalistic feel to make it nice and easy to adapt when I’m bored, and when I move back out.
Had a snoop around my trusty Sass and Belle earlier in the week. Their whimsical designs and practical pieces are perfect for almost any Uni room.
I don’t want to overdo it with too many fussy additions to the room, I’m currently dithering between a plain paper lantern lampshade, or a floral one? Either way, I think they are gorgeous and add a nice Eastern touch to a room. I’m totally into soft and warm mood lighting at the moment.
While we’re on the subject, I found these little tealight lanterns in Ikea on Wednesday. Candles are such a nice alternative to lamps, and won’t add to your electricity bill. I always have candles in my room, and lighting them in these lanterns will cast a patterned glow in your room.
Blogger cliché alert, but I’m quite likely to stock up on bunting, garlands and/or these hanging decorations for my room.
I won’t be able to paint or wallpaper my Uni room, and these can easily be pinned or Blu-tacked to the wall to make the room look cosier. How sweet are these ones from Sass and Belle? And in true ‘blogger style’, I think the ‘Keep Calm’ one is a must!
If, like me, your room is a little on the smaller side, you can open up a room by cleverly placing mirrors in the room.
I might have a root around at some carboot sales for a full-length mirror with a gilt frame that I can just prop up against a wall to mock-double up the space in my room. Light colours will also help give the effect of maximum space, as will minimal clutter.
IKEA is great for those huge clear boxes that you can use to store shoes/Uni book/other miscellaneous belongings under beds and on top of wardrobes. Finally, use your window space well to bring light in: I won’t be able to do much to my curtains, but will probably add some hanging paper swans at the window which will look so cute.
I’m also thinking of looking for offcuts of fabric at our local market to sew my own scatter cushion covers. Nothing more cosy than a den of cushions on your bed! I’m feeling a very mismatched style on my bed, and then minimalistic everywhere else with some clashes of texture, pattern and colour.