So you’re finally adulting hard – moving to halls of residence, co-habiting with friends or living solo in your first flat. How do you make that very first place look amazing and reflect your personal style without spending a lot of money? Or you may be the parent of a young person who has finally flown the nest and you want to guide them in making the right choices for their own space. Either way, my five tips today will go a long way in creating a perfect abode for any young person and ensure their first flat feels like home.
First off, get some art on those walls! There is a wealth of affordable art these days from Society 6 (watch for free shipping deals!) to Desenio and you can get inexpensive frames from that big Swedish box retailer. Choose a couple of larger pieces for instant chic or consider printing off all those photos of your friends on your iPhone and displaying them gallery style.
Wall stickers and decals as well as removable wallpaper are also an easy and affordable option for renters to dress up walls and create a fun and inspiring space.
You can create a magical atmosphere no matter what a place looks like in the day time with some nice lighting. Consider stringing fairy lights across sheer curtains around the bed or trailing it around a mirror or along flat surfaces.
Mix Old and New
Incorporating some of the hand-me-downs you may have received from your parents or relatives is always a great way to furnish a first place but if the finish is not to your taste, then consider a little makeover! You can easily paint wood furniture with primer and wood paint in a fun new shade – just be sure to check with whomever gave you the piece to make sure they are happy with you changing it!
You may also want to incorporate a few things from home to give you a sense of belonging. Any place will feel more comfortable and more you when you surround yourself with items that make you happy. You certainly don’t have to start from scratch so be sure to incorporate a few comforts from mum and dad’s to settle in quickly!
Make Your Bed
Since the bed will often take up most of the real estate in halls or a studio, make sure you have made it up with some fresh bedding and cushions. You can find inexpensive duvet sets at your local supermarket, H&M and Primark. As a bonus, consider hanging an inexpensive printed throw behind the bed for instant style.
If your space is bijou, you can create a day bed from your mattress simply by propping up cushions against the longest wall.
And remember: Bedding should be washed every 2 weeks or so. We all know there’s just nothing better than getting into a bed with freshly washed sheets. Your mum will be proud.
And finally, don’t forget about storage, especially those pieces that do double-duty. Consider shelving that will act as room dividers as well as housing books, coffee tables that have hidden storage inside and ottomans that will create extra seating as well as a spot to stash away important papers.
How have you made your first place feel like home? We’d love to see your photos! Tweet us @OFLOakFurniture & we’ll feature our favourites.