Living on your own is a sweet victory that you usually achieve when going off to college. Most college students start off their years with an itty-bitty dorm room that doesn’t have the space you want and desire to live comfortably. Student apartments are the perfect medium between being crammed in a tiny space with a nasty shared bathroom and selling your soul in order to pay rent and furnish a “big boy” apartment.
We know student apartments give a little more leeway on what you can and cannot do, decorating wise, not to mention you have three extra rooms to dress up, but that can get a bit pricy. We’re here with some tips and tricks on how to make your student apartment feel like home.
For The Bedroom
Your bedroom is the place you’ll be spending the majority of your time, no different from at home. You want this sacred area to radiate everything that makes you, you. If you’re anything like us, you probably value sleep more than you value your college education (don’t lie, you’ve thought about it), which makes your bed the most important part of your bedroom.
An easy way to spice up your bedding is to invest in a simple, solid colored comforter and accessorize it with throw pillows and blankets. The best thing about spending your money on interchangeable items like those are that they are…. Interchangeable. When you get tired of them, arrange them differently in another room or simply switch out a few to change the entire aesthetic of your room.
Making your bedroom cozy is really not as hard as it sounds. Hook up a record player or a bluetooth speaker and play some of your favorite music and light a candle. These two things not only add a decorative aspect to your space, but also are essential for relaxation.
For The Bathroom
Decorating a bathroom is what students struggle with the most. This may be your first time having a bathroom that you don’t have to share with anyone. It’s all yours. The easiest and first thing you should do to make your bathroom fun and exciting, is to focus your entire “theme” around your shower curtain. Besides the walls, it’s the largest blank space in the room and you have so many options, the sky’s the limit.
Now that you have your amazing curtain all hung up and ready, compliment it with a matching rug under your sink or maybe a toilet seat cover. Keep the color coordinating and you can’t go wrong.
You may have your own bathroom now, but that’s no excuse to leave stuff all over the counter when you’re done getting ready in the morning. Dress up your bathroom counter with an arrangement of jewelry, some candles, neatly organized items or even a vase with fresh flowers. You don’t want to cover up all that pretty with a lot of ugly.
For The Kitchen/Dining Room
More than likely, your student apartment will come furnished with all of your necessary kitchen appliances; refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, etc. and a dining table and chairs. Start off by buying a tablecloth or a table runner to cover your table. Not only does that make your dining area look presentable, but it’s also functional.
Kitchens can be overwhelming to students when they get their first apartment. Start off by getting towels that you can hang on the oven handle. These will stand out immediately, and add a touch of mama to your kitchen. Make sure you put food away in a pantry or the refrigerator. The less clutter, the better!
For The Living Room
Ahh, the living room. This is where the action happens…sports games, award shows and social gatherings, of course. This space is second most important to your bedroom. You want to make sure that it looks like you’re actually living in that room, hence the name. Throw down a nice area rug and toss some coordinating pillows and blankets on to the couch for the coziest of feels. Next, turn on that TV and get a snack. It’s time for the nitty-gritty.
Some rooms can be completely transformed by the simplest of things. Add some here, remove some there, and voila! You’ve got yourself a whole new space. Here’s a simple list of things that are easily found and could even be DIY projects for a lazy Sunday.
You can never go wrong with rugs. Rugs immediately make every room more cozy and relaxed. The thought that your bare feet don’t have to walk on cold floor, is music to the ears.
You can also never go wrong with wall art. Even your 12-year-old self knew this one. Remember all those Tiger Beat and J-14 posters you covered your walls with? Felt pretty homey, didn’t it?
Lastly, nothing makes a space feel like home better than photos of your most cherished loved ones. Frame and hang pictures of you and your parents, siblings, pets, significant other, best friends, anything that you make you the slightest bit homesick, add it!
Now that you’ve got your place all spiffed up and ready for company, sit back, relax and enjoy your student home.