After an action-filled day at school or college, you set foot into your bedroom hoping for a chance to relax and unwind. But as soon as you enter, you heave a sigh of disappointment as you‘re greeted with an unappealing view of your room. Deep inside, you secretly wish your room could be more Pinterest-like and less of an adolescent mess.
Well, say no more! Bringing your bedroom to life isn’t as difficult as shooting for the stars. You don’t need to fork out diamonds for it. All it takes is some patience coupled with a dash of creativity. So, let’s begin!
#1. Reduce and reuse
This first step is painful but necessary. Before you begin adding decor to your room, you need to declutter by identifying and removing what’s unnecessary, otherwise, you’ll end up with more noise around you. Besides, decluttering is important as it leaves you more space for new decor while giving your room a fresh new look.
Now, you might have a piece of furniture or two that isn’t in its best state and doesn’t look fitting in your “new” room. Don’t bid it goodbye just yet! Here’s your chance to unleash your imagination and upcycle (giving discarded things a new life) your old stuff by splashing it with a fresh coat of paint, laying a nice piece of fabric over it, or simply turning it into something else (e.g. an old wastepaper basket can be made into a bedside table when turned upside down!).
#2. Create the illusion of space
Having a spacious room is a luxury that not many students have. Luckily, there is a way to create the illusion of space and make a room feel less cramped.
You can start by hanging a mirror on the wall. Though it can’t proclaim that you’re the fairest of all, this magical element can help reflect light and views of the outdoors or other rooms, thus creating the perception of more space. You can also incorporate lighter colours in your room by having white or beige sheets and curtains and light-toned wooden furniture. These colours reflect light and will make your room appear bigger.
If you need to, you can even repaint your walls a lighter colour (remember to acquire permission from your parents first!).
#3. Add greenery
Plants are the best form of decoration you could have in your room because they’re inexpensive, they can uplift the mood of your room and they’re good for your health.
Even within the four walls of your home, you’re still exposed to many toxic compounds from your home furnishings, fabric and stationery. But, there’s no need to get a fancy air purifier because besides generating oxygen for us to breathe, plants are also natural air purifiers. Plus, they help reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.
Before you scratch this off your list with the excuse that it’s too much work, caring for plants isn’t as troublesome as you may think. Many plants are in fact very easy to care for (e.g. the snake plant requires only very little sunlight or water) and it’d actually take hard work to kill it.
#4. Feature inspiring decor
Whether you plan to be a graphic designer or an engineer, it’s important to keep yourself motivated with decor that inspires you. But, there’s no need to spend lavishly on expensive paintings or sculptures for your bedroom.
Simply head over to the nearest Daiso or Mr. DIY and look for wall vinyl stickers with inspirational quotes or images that resonate with your personality and style. Stick them somewhere you’ll be able to see them from your workstation. Or, you can also frame your favourite quotes and place them on your work desk or bookshelf to motivate you.
#5. Go whimsical
Plain Jane doesn’t suit your style? If you already have plain and simple furniture, you can amp up your styling game by matching them with striking-coloured bedsheets, creating your own velvety headboards and adding mosaic-patterned rugs or pops of bright-coloured cushions. This will instantly bring your room to life.
Hanging up some fairy lights are also a great idea and since these twinkling beauties are in-trend right now, they don’t have to remain hidden til Christmas. Available in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, fairy lights will immediately make your room feel homier and more playful.
#6. String up your memories
One of the best ways to personalise your room is by adding photographs (and lots of them) to your wall!
These days, it’s easy to create a nostalgic photo wall with the help of an Instax camera, which lets you print photos instantly. All you need to do is pick your favourite Instax photos and clip them on a pinboard using a string and wooden pegs for a more rustic look. You can also hang your Instax photos directly on your wall by clipping them to strings of twinkling fairy lights.
See, redecorating doesn’t have to be extravagant or costly. Simply by removing clutter and adding a little detail to your space can make a whole lot of difference. Be sure to try out these tips to redecorate your room, and let us know how it goes!