It’s a new year and as you look around your rooms at university, whether it be in halls or a student house, you may feel somewhat uninspired. Megan Vincent-Pearsall gives you ideas about simple and affordable things which can make your house feel a little more homely.
Succulent © Waitrose Garden
A simple and effective way of sprucing up any of your rooms is to get a potted plant. Lots of indoor plants don’t need much attention, so if you’d like a plant that only needs watering when you remember about it, try a succulent or cactus. Pick up a plant from your local supermarket, like this delightful succulent from Waitrose for only £6.99.
An obvious but popular choice to make your home feel more comfortable is by adding some fairy lights, which can be hung on a bed frame, or around a picture or mirror. However, try getting a more colourful or personal set of lights like these happy face cloud lights for £10 or something unique like gin bottle fairy lights.
Rugs are a great way to instantly add colour and personality to any room with very little effort on your part. You can use rugs to add small splashes of colour to a neutral room; we found these rag rugs for only £5 at Ikea.
Teal Geo Throw © TK Maxx
Blankets and throws are a great way to make your sofa or bed a lot more interesting and cosy. Not only are they hugely practical for those cold nights throughout winter, but they brighten up a cream or brown sofa with bright colours. Take a look at the great range in TK Maxx, like this blue blanket for £16.99.
When you think of prints and art for your home, it is easy to assume that it would be expensive. However, this doesn’t need to be the case: you can buy a second-hand frame in a charity shop for about a pound! From here, either draw your own masterpiece or how about print out a picture such as this floral print from Etsy.
Alphabet Candles © Next
Candles are a simple way of making your student house feel more homely. Candles will instantly make you feel happier and more relaxed; light them during a movie night to set an atmosphere, or simply use them to fill the empty space on the mantle piece. These scented alphabet candles from Next are only £4 and can help you achieve a more personal touch to any room!