Keep calm and decorate your student flat!

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 14:41

It’s soon time to think about coming back to university, and if you are moving from halls into your own house for the first time, you may be considering how to make it your own, to put your own personal touch on the property.

But before you go all out and splash money on art, cushions and other knick knacks, you first need to check what you are allowed and not allowed to do in your property.

For example, you may not be allowed to put nails in, or stick anything to the wall, so there’s not point shelling out on pictures if you can’t hang them up. Likewise, if you are thinking about changing the colour of the walls, or wallpapering, check with your landlord first.

You may not be able to have candles in your room, naked flames can be a hazard, so again, check your contract, or ask your letting agent. Although you can get some pretty realistic flameless candles now, so perhaps a safer alternative!

Rules established, now you can get creative! So how can you make a difference to your property without breaking the bank?

Your bed will probably take up most of your room, so that’s the thing to focus on in terms of decoration. Cushions, throws or toys could all add to the room, or even just a patterned duvet cover and pillow set can really bring the room to life.

Students and posters usually go together, but there are other options to decorate your walls if you are allowed. Think about framing postcards or photos, or you can even buy stick-on murals which you can peel on and off without damaging the walls.

Plants make all the difference to a room, and don’t have to cost the earth. If you’re not very good at remembering to water them, cacti could work for you.

You can buy storage boxes that look like a piece of art in themselves, and they’re functional at the same time. Rugs can protect the carpet and also make the place look more homely. Win win!

Adding your own soft lighting can really make a room look cosy, especially in the winter months. On the flip side, mirrors can make a room look larger.

Futons could be a great way to add some additional furniture into your room, as well as providing somewhere for friends to stay over if they need (or when your family comes to visit).

Hopefully plenty of ideas to get you thinking, let your imagination go wild, and set your inner Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen free!

If you want some advice on what you can and can’t do in your property, just drop me a line, or give me a call here.

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