Walking into a new room with blank white walls can seem daunting. There are so many possibilities for decoration that can intimidate new tenants.
Moving into a new space always brings new opportunities for decorating. But finding inspiration and just the right décor can be a challenge for people who aren’t sure how to express their personal style and taste.
The Indiana Daily Student spoke with senior Hannah Froman about her decorating style, where she finds her decorating pieces and her best advice for other students on how to personalize their space.
Every season, there are new items to choose from. Keep an eye on sales and rotating selections throughout the year to keep adding pieces you like to your collection so you can create your perfect space. If you try to buy everything at once, you might have to settle on a piece you don’t necessarily like as much.
Looking at Froman’s room, it might be described as Bohemian-style, but she said she only likes to pick out things that match her style. Most of Froman’s decoration pieces come from stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, Target and other online stores. Shopping at a variety of places can help you find a variety of items to help spice up your room.
Rooms and even whole houses don’t have to have a specific theme, but it’s important to keep in mind what kinds of colors you are bringing in to make your space look more cohesive. Froman’s number one piece of advice is to pick a color theme and stick with it.
“I really like to keep earthy colors and things that have a natural feel,” Froman said. “I’m not into super bright things.”
Another way to add both life and color is to keep plants in your home and bedroom. They help liven up and brighten your room, making the whole space look more fresh.
Froman said she loves to use plants in her decoration because of what they can add to a room.
“I used to be horrible at keeping plants alive,” Froman said. “But now I’ve gotten the hang of it.”
Plants can be purchased from a variety of places, including year-round garden shops, Wal-Mart and Lowe’s. Buy houseplants to keep inside, and make sure to save the instructions from the store. That will ensure you know the correct way to care for each plant.
Another way to think about decorating is in terms of shapes. Froman said she likes to have a lot of different shapes in her room, including circle mirrors, square frames and angled or circular pieces.
Whatever your style, decorating can be easy if you focus on one decoration at a time. Take your time when setting up your room and think about the best place for each item, but don’t let that get in the way of your creativity.
“When I was putting my room together, I just started putting stuff on the walls,” Froman said. “I planned a little bit but it changed as I went on.”
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