Have you recently moved into your student flat? More than likely, you will be unimpressed by the drab decor and are dying to change it, but as a student, you may feel limited financially. You may have set yourself a decor budget but are struggling to find items that are affordable but also look great. Read these top tips which will help you stick to your design budget, while also creating a student flat you will love.
Just because you have a budget doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your student flat how you want. You may have seen a design you love on Pinterest or Instagram, which can easily be matched by simply shopping around for similar items.
If you’re looking to create a luxury feel in your apartment, you should take inspiration from RW Invest, who have several student properties available in the North West. They feature minimalist style furniture, which you can imitate by looking for similar items which will be more affordable online.
One of the best ways to stay within your budget is by looking for items like cushions, wall art, and ornaments in local charity shops or even car boot sales. Although try not to buy something just because it is cheap, instead make sure that it fits in with your design ideas.
You can also stay frugal online with sites like Amazon, where you can compare prices and reviews for everything from chairs and desks to lamps and picture frames. Sites like this are useful, as they allow you to find the cheapest but high-quality furnishings.
Another affordable way to decorate your student accommodation is by taking a hands-on approach with a little DIY. If you’re a creative student, you will find this an enjoyable task, whether you decide to paint your own artwork or walls (if you have permission to do so).
If you’re not the creative type, you can still have a go at decorating your walls. An easier task would be to collect your favourite pictures together and create a collage. This is extremely easy to make as all you need is a bit of string and blue tack or a cork board and some pins, where you can stick some great images of your family and friends for a personal touch. This will make you feel more at home, which is especially important if you’re a first time student who is away from home for the first time.
When it comes to decorating on a budget, the key thing to remember is that less is more. You may think just changing the colour of your cushions will not be enough to update your room, but you’d be surprised. Adding pops of your favourite colour in a minimalistic room will add character and will also create warmth in your flat.
If like most student flats you haven’t got much space, you should consider adding mirrors which should be placed near windows to enhance natural light. This will brighten up your apartment, making it feel airy and more spacious.
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