Dorm and Apartment Decorating on a Student Budget

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Welcome high school graduate or returning scholar to the fantastic world of college. Continuing your education in the institution of higher learning in hopes of making more money, acquiring universal knowledge and perhaps evening finding out whether you have what it takes to survive college life is an honor that should be fully recognized by all. But to make money you have to spend money, which is the first lesson you’ll come to terms with when paying for tuition, parking, books, and other expenses you may accrue. If you reside on campus or in an apartment close by, the first thing you may want to do is make your den as livable as possible while on a tight student budget.

A few tips to help you on your way to make your apartment or dorm just like home: If you can spare to loosen up the purse strings, try to invest in a bed or comfortable sofa or futon bed. Beds can be expensive, and sometimes you can only afford the mattress and boxspring, but it’s really not recommended to just leave them sitting on the floor. Moisture can develop under the mattress and boxspring, which can result in an unsanitary and nasty growth known as mold. Now unless you’re a biology student and you’re growing culture samples to fulfill your lab requirements, I advise against keeping your mattress on the floor and suggest that you buy a bed frame.

Sofa and futon beds are an option to buying beds. Easier to transport than a full on bed, these alternatives double as lounge chairs in the day, and beds at night (or between classes). Perfect for studying or playing video games, sofa and futon beds will give you your money’s worth, something that you’ll appreciate throughout your college career.

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Some Great Bedroom Decoration Ideas

Many bedrooms tend to get neglected. Get your minds out of the gutter, I’m talking about through decoration. My first apartment bedroom was so boring that it would put you to sleep no pun intended.

Many people honestly think that all you need is a bed, a bed stand, an alarm clock, and a dresser for your bedroom to be good to go. That’s awesome if you want your bedroom being as boring a hospital room.

We spend countless hours decorating our living areas, so why forget about the bedroom? And I will not accept the excuse that you don’t spend money or time with the bedroom because no one sees it but you. You know that’s not true or at least you know that you hope that’s not true.

There are a number of ideas out there for decorating your bedroom in many different ways. A contemporary bedroom looks clean, smooth, and is easy to obtain. Check out these ideas for contemporizing your apartment bedroom:

Black and White- This is common, but it looks really awesome. Do everything in black and white. It says sophistication, while creating a fun energy. A white bedspread with black pillows or black and white throws is the way to go. Plus, its hard to see drool on a black pillow. You might also decorate the wall with black and white photos of your friends in black frames. This is my favorite and a very sleek look.

Combine Some Styles- You might try decorating your room in a combination of contemporary and traditional. Add a flare of traditional with a floral printed pair of throw pillows or throw blanket on a bed with otherwise solid color. This leaves some flexibility with your wall decoration and table pieces. You could go contemporary with styled art, or you could go traditional with flowers and patterns. Remember…traditional is full of color and patterns and modern is a smooth solid color feel.

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Be Bold- You like to make statements? Well be bold in your design with vibrant color and many patterns. Have fun with all your decorating. Try bold, matching black and white patterns for the bedspread, wall paper, etc and off set these with vibrant colorful accessories. It will definitely make a statement.

Class and a Wooden Bed Frame- Add some class to your wood toned bed frame. Get a tan bedspread to offset the dark wood. Use dark throw pillow covers. Make sure to have a good combination of light and dark varying shades of brown and tan. Don’t go with black or white…these will not match your wooden bed frame.

The important thing to remember is that you should decorate how YOU want to. In the end this is your bedroom and you are the one who has to live in it, so you may as well love it. Good luck!

Small Apartment Decorating

When we have a small apartment there are a lot of things that we have to think trough earlier. Decorating that type of place is not as easy as a big apartment or a house where we can put everything in there and don’t even see changes. We have to be suer before each buy that it is the exact thing that we need and…that we have place to put it anywhere.

Each apartment has it’s own storage space and elements that can be put there without hurting family living space. That’s why it is better to measure everything at first place than just grab whatever comes into our mind in the shop. Usually the only thing to do in such situation is that we try to hide it in free space that has left. Probably we wouldn’t like what we saw.

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And home decorating is not only having all colors matched – it is also making the interior look more “soft”, not as a regular rectangular or square, make it comfortable, give impression of bigger space than it really is. It’s making the space we living in the space we would like to live in. That’s why it is important to make it wise and ask questions people who know something in this matter. Especially when the space is not as big as we wish it would be.

In small apartments we should think about maximizing the living space. Of course we should also remember about what function the room will have during the day and the night. In example if our living room is also our bedroom we can’t decide on removing all of the furniture just to have the bed at our disposal. It would be easier to place furniture when we would have each furniture separated.

If we have too much items and don’t want to show all of them we can build small paper wall or a screen in japanese style that would be fancy, elegant and could hide all our stuff. Of course, we can do the opposite thing and create an open space – destroy wall that is between our room and kitchen and make a space that would look visually bigger.


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