Spruce Up Your Personal Space

College has begun again for some, and for others, it is rapidly approaching. Schoolwork and extracurricular activities will soon take over the majority of the day for students. However, students also spend an ample amount of time in their room – doing homework or even just hanging out. It’s helpful if a dorm space conjures a sense of productivity and emotional well-being. Whether you’re living in the dorm this year, or are looking to make a few changes to your current household décor, you can try these tips for decorating.

1. Add Some Nature

One quick and easy way you can make your space more inviting – whether it be an office desk, a dorm room, or your living room – is to add a plant.

Plants and trees are common ways of making the human race feel more at home. Even if you live in an urban area, you’ll most likely find that the streets are lined with shrubs and greenery. It gives a place dimension and adds a finishing touch.

Aesthetically, the leafy texture of most plants adds an interesting element to a room. Subtle and natural colors of plants have a calming effect on the body, and brighter colors provoke a feeling of energy and power.

Although having a plant or two is a good idea, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind when looking for a plant for your space:


Are you able to spend a hefty amount of money on a large tree for the living area, or are you only okay with purchasing a small desk plant?

Commitment Level

Artificial plants can be quite costly, and real plants require regular care. How much are you willing to commit to the plant?


It takes an eye for design to be able to match the colors of the plant to the wall, furniture, and art that already exist in the room. Green plants are a safe bet if you’re not sure about suitable color combinations.

2. Photos

Many households are lined with photos. They add a unique and personal element by telling the stories of the space’s inhabitants. Photos are snapshots of where you’ve been and who you’ve spent time with. By putting them up, people can view your stories without you having to say a word.

Options for Photo Display

-Tape + Wall: You can go the traditional college student route and simply tape your photos to a wall or a piece of furniture that can accommodate them.

-Collage on poster board: If you’re worried about ruining walls or furniture, you can always affix your photos to a poster board and then attach the poster board to your wall with a wall-safe adhesive.

-Frames: There are a variety of frames available in stores and online to suit every taste. Look for bargains at your local thrift store if you don’t have a large budget for decorating.

-Digital frame: This is much like a regular frame except that you have digital photos rotate like a slideshow.

3. Artwork

Your personal tastes will come to play here in deciding exactly which pieces you’d like to display. The most important factor in this decision is evaluating the emotions that are conjured every time you view the artwork.

How do you feel?

If the piece is an emotional burden, consider replacing it with a more upbeat and motivational piece. Remember to try and evoke the emotion you’d most like to feel on a regular basis.

Have any other ideas?

If you have anything to add to this list, feel free to post your ideas in the comments section below.

For Extra Design Inspiration: Check out Ikea’s design catalogue since they are always filled with creative interior design ideas.


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