You’re sitting in your room, and it just feels like there’s something… missing. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on room décor, and we don’t want you to! So we’ve compiled these great ideas for designing on a budget.
Let’s face it: When living on campus, space is limited. To take full advantage of the small space, your décor should be both beautiful and functional. Organizing your room is the perfect solution. You’d be surprised by how much a room improves by simply putting items in order. Utilize all the shelving space you have, and don’t be afraid of stacking and using corners… use all the space you can get! An ottoman or footstool with storage space inside may even be a good investment. Create “stations” for optimal organization: books & pencils in the study station,
Try this: Place your shoes in a nice bin or basket. This will keep your shoes organized and free up some of that much-needed space in the closet.
Rethink What You Have
You may not even need to leave your res hall to find the perfect thing to make your room shine. It just comes down to examining what you already have. Look around your room. Is there anything that you’re not currently using which could add some personality or serve a purpose? Try it out! Take photos out of albums and put them on the wall; Turn that old track t-shirt into a decorative pillow. The best thing about a DIY ethic is that you can customize your stuff to suit your personality.
Try this: Wash that can of black bean soup you had for lunch, decorate it with some construction paper or magazine photos, and you will have a brand new container for anything from pencils to kitchen utensils!
Try this, too!: Use that extra shoe holder for your toiletries.
Arrange (And Rearrange)
Sure, your furniture is laid out a certain way now, but you don’t have to keep it that way. Could you benefit from lofting your bed and utilizing the space beneath? Should your desk and dresser be pushed together to optimize table/shelf space? You can rearrange your furniture to the ideal areas for lighting, for space and for convenience. Think about what works best for you.
Try this: Loft your bed and use the extra space underneath for shelving, to store extra seating, or even for your mini-fridge.
Add a Splash of Color
If your room is looking like a whole lot of one thing, why not add some color? Buy a cheap pillow or throw rug. Hang up a poster or buy some art. Use contrasting colors or play with patterns. You can even put out some fresh flowers or another plant to really bring your room to life!
Try this: For inexpensive artwork, grab some colorful postcards and/or your favorite photos of family and friends, and hang them as a collage on your wall. You can frame them, edit them in Photoshop—whatever you’d like. It will add an interesting, colorful splash to your room.
What are your favorite decorating tips? Leave a comment and tell us! Hey, and now that your room looks great, why not enter the My Room Rocks! Room Design Contest? You have until October 18.