When I found out I would be living in my own room for the year, I started planning in my head what I wanted my room to look like. I, like many of you I’m sure, turned to Pinterest, YouTube tutorials, Tumblr and other blogs to find some DIY inspiration. I knew I didn’t want to go out and spend a lot of money on decorations, so I went through what I had from living in the dorms the previous years. I am really happy with how my room turned out, so I figured I would share with you all a few decorating tips.
In pretty much every room, whether it’s in a dorm or in a cottage, there are lights. They are especially useful for brightening up a room. Chances are you have some stored at home or even if you do have to buy them, they are usually no more than $10! I hung up a set of twinkling lights across one wall of my room and another set of lights around my closet door. One cool way to add some more decoration is to hang the lights around photos on your wall. You could even use some laundry pins (paint them any color you want), or photo clips to hang photos in between. It’s a great way to put some of your favorite memories on display!
Instead of just printing out your photos at CVS or Walgreens and hanging them up right away, there are other ways you can frame them, as shown below. I went to Walmart and bought 2-3 sets of cardboard frames in silver, gold and white. I placed a picture I took myself, postcards and also photos I cut out from magazines, and glued the photo within the frame. This was another way to juxtapose pictures I had without frames and position them in different ways across my wall.
Another idea is if you have a Polaroid camera, you can take those Polaroids you took and make a mini-collage out of them on your walls, similar to how I did below. Fun fact: those Polaroids were postcards I found in Madrid when I studied abroad! Also, instead of just having a regular dry erase board as your calendar, which is totally fine to have too, you can also hang a wall calendar to add some more decoration to your room. Pretty much if you have white walls like I do, adding in pops of color here and there will make them stand out even more.
Lastly, in terms of DIY mini projects you can do, two examples are shown below of what I made myself. One is a mini-chalkboard that I painted and decorated with some gems. It’s useful too because I can write some of my favorite quotes or sayings down, which I usually switch up each month. Another fun idea is making collages, which I still love doing. You can make your collage however you want and in the end, you can hang it up as a display in your room!
I hope these give you some fun ideas the next time you want to decorate your room – thanks so much for reading! 🙂