It’s a new year, and maybe your room is in need of a new look. Tired of the same old drab designs of your plain painted walls? Here are a few suggestions on how to bring your room to life! The key is to make it a welcoming space that you enjoy spending time in – make it uniquely yours by decorating with things you love. Pictures of your friends and family, pets, places you want to travel, people who inspire you… If you are sharing a dorm room, make sure you talk with your roommate before making any major changes, to see if they are okay with it!
- Used calendars
If you have an old 2012 calendar that is used up, instead of throwing it away, cut out the pages and hang them on your walls. Most calendars have spectacular pictures that would make a great complement to your room.
- Hang some lights!
Holiday season may be over but the days are still short. Having an ambient glow to your room while you study late into the evening is really relaxing and creates a great atmosphere for your dorm.
- Hit up a thrift store
There are plenty of thrift shops in Point Grey or Kits. Ones like the Salvation Army or SPCA support good causes, too! Find cool things you can make handy objects out of; for instance, some glass mason jars can become great plant pots, and you can even decorate the bottoms of them with mineral fertilizer or coloured sands. Here’s a cool article on how to do it.
- Try a wall decal
Decals can be inexpensive or pricy, depending on where you look. Try sites likes Etsy or MagicWall. Having a theme to do with nature or animals can make your small room feel more exotic and interesting. You can also make handmade decals out of low-tack contact vinyl and some art supplies, or window stickers like you made in elementray school, but make sure you google how to remove decals properly so you avoid wrecking your room.
- Consider a plant
Believe it or not, plants have been found to help reduce stress in people confined to closed spaces. Maybe it’s the small bit of oxygen they release, or the connection they can make you feel with the outdoors. Or maybe people just like having something to look at and talk to without feeling like they are interacting with a totally inanimate object! Some popular plants to have in residence include aloe vera, cacti, bonsai trees, african violets, and herbs such as mint, basil, lemongrass, chamomile or lavender.