A New Chapter - 6 simple tips to make your student house feel like home.

A new term is on the horizion, meaning countless young people will be leaving the comfort of home for the first time.

Whether you're heading off to start a new chapter in a new city, returning to start the term in new digs, or simply trying to make the most of a space you have to work with, we've got some tips & tricks to make your student house feel like home. 

Not just for students; these clever ideas can be easily applied to any room you have at home to really put your stamp on the space.

Add Plants & Greenery

Houseplants not only look great to add a splash of fresh green colour to any room, but they can also help to improve the air quality too. Living plants have been proven to boost your mood, productivity, concentration, and creativity too. If you’re not naturally green-fingered then choose low maintenance plants like cacti or succulents. 

Faux greenery is a great way to get the look with none of the effort - Fake it 'til you make it with a lovely green artifical plant. 

A cute well chosen plant pot will complete the look -  pick your pot here!

Don't forget about lighting

The ideal room has just the right mixture of ambient, task and accent lighting. A beautiful bedside lamp, or a stylish desk lamp can help establish zones within your room, even in a really small space

Hang them, drape them, pin them – fairy lights are incredibly versatile and can create pockets of atmosphere within your room, providing ambience when you turn the mains lights out. 

Artwork to Admire

Framed pictures and prints are one of the easiest ways to inject colour and style into your space in an instant. 

If you’re worried about leaving marks on the walls make sure you use special low tac adhesive strips. An easy way to avoid this worry is to make good use of the shelves in your room - theres always a couple of shelves!  A few well chosen prints in frames displayed cleverly can make the world of difference. Add interest with a small mirror and a trailing houseplant.

Check out some of our favourites here.

Keepsakes & Photos

You'll make more friends in the next few weeks than at any other time in your life, but you'll occasionally miss the friends and family you've temporarily left behind. 

Choose a few of your favourite snaps and take them with you; even if you never take them out of the box! Alternatively, tac photos to your walls and surround yourself with loved ones, just imagine how many more you can add over the course of the year! 

Coordinate your colours

A colour scheme can really help to tie a small room together. Complimentary bedding, cushions, throws, artwork and accessories can ensure that a room looks considered and stylish -  so pick a colour scheme and run with it!

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Blues and greens are tranquil colours which sooth and help you relax around stressful revision periods. Pink can be cosy and romantic and happy yellow shades can be a mood lifter - personally, i just adore these rust shades. Have fun with it, the space is yours!

It's all in the details.

Finally, it’s time to think about all the little items that are sure to make your new digs feel like a home away from home. Boring bits like a laundry basket are essential, but buy a cool recycled bag that will look fun in your room and make trips to the laundry room a breeze. I was given a doorstop as a gift from a friend before I went away to university - perfect to keep your bedroom door ajar in those crucial first few days when you're making friends. An open door is well… an open door, and that speaks for itself. Check out this cool door wedge.

Hopefully, with these tips in mind, your new lodgings will feel like home in no time at all. Have the best year!

Kate x

August 04, 2022 — Michael Cole