Decorating a house is not an easy task. It can lead to arguments, but it is inevitable to feel like at home. When you are a student, whether you have to go to a new city to study a degree or a master's degree or you join a mobility program such as Erasmus or Seneca, you will probably have your first opportunity to decorate a house and your study room. However, do you know how to decorate a study room to make the most of it and have the best study environment? We tell you how to do it in just 5 steps.
Top 5 best tips for decorating your study room
All students who have had the experience of living somewhere else, far from home, know how difficult it is to adapt yourself to this new environment, especially beginning, the first two weeks. This is because from one day to the next, without hardly noticing it, you are living in a house you have never been in before, it is not decorated or organized to your liking and it makes you feel somewhat uncomfortable. This is easily solved, here are 5 tips to decorate your study room that will help you to avoid this happening to you:
1. Make the room yours
The first piece of advice we give you is that as soon as you enter your new room you should remove everything that you didn't like at first and replace it with the memories and objects that you brought from your own home. Some examples are: Pictures of memories you have with your friends, partner, family or pet, which you will miss a lot... Many students who go to another country to do their Erasmus + programme decide to take a flag of their country signed by their friends as a souvenir. Once you have placed all the objects that you brought with you, you should start to organize the room to your liking, moving the furniture sideways (if it is not too heavy), changing the orientation of the bed, if you don't like the one that is there and finally trying to preserve all the customs that you had in your house (arrangement of clothes, backpacks, study material, etc.)
One of the most important factors that few students take into account is the lighting in your room and/or on the floor. The sun is life and you don't value it until you stop seeing it. Especially when moving to a country like Ireland or the UK, among others, it rains almost every day and the sky is overcast. It is very important that our room is as bright as possible, it will give you joy for your day to day. Also, it is very important that your study area is well oriented to the window. If possible, the light always should enter by your left side or in front of it. If your room doesn't have a suitable light, we recommend you to buy one and don't mind spending money on it, as it is essential.
3. Optimize the space
Study rooms are usually small, and therefore you will need to have everything very well organized to optimize the room space. Keeping everything tidy will give you the impression that the room is bigger, so you will no be overwhelmed by the small space. Some tricks we give you to optimize the space are the following:
- Don't leave spaces inside cupboards and drawers.
- Use the space under the bed to store boxes and suitcases.
- Take advantage of the doors to hang up hangers and put coats, towels, etc.
- Always place the furniture close to the wall to gain interior space.
4. Save on unnecessary expenses
If you are a student who is only going to stay in that apartment for a term or academic year we recommend you not to invest too much money in decorating your room. You will surely want to make the most of your experience in the city so, where you will be least is at home. Take care of the details, so that everything is in the best possible way but don't worry if you see your room too empty, it will only be for a short period of time. It's not worth spending too much. There are companies that we all know that have very nice decoration things at a very low prices. Our recommendation is to buy there the objects you need to decorate your study room.
5. Buy local souvenirs
One of the favourite activities for all students when moving to another country/city is buying souvenirs and local objects to give away to our friends and family when we come back home. Decorate your study room with these items, as soon as you leave that place you will take everything with you to remember the experience. This is also a way to feel like a member of the new city/country you have moved to, and to become familiar with its culture.
There are plenty of options for decorating your study room, but it's very important to take care of every detail to feel comfortable and create a good working environment. Regardless of your tastes, if you want to optimize your study hours you should have a room that is ordered, minimalist style and well lit. Use personal details that remind your friends and family. It is very useful when they are far away. Also, combine them with local memories. These details will help you to motivate yourself during the toughest study days. Remember, less is more, when you are decorating the room, don't spend too much on something that's going to be temporary. Keep it well organised and your personal memories will stand out even more, you'll feel the warmth wherever you are.
What other tips would you give for decorating your study room?
Leave your comments and you will help many people like you.