The winter months can already be pretty grueling, making it tough to start yet another semester. During these times and going into a yet another spring dealing with COVID-19, it may be especially hard to stay positive and motivated.
Maybe you’re feeling a little discouraged or starting to feel weighed-down and uninspired. Maybe you’re simply tired of being in the same space that’s looking in need of a little pick-me-up. Your surroundings can have significant effects on your well-being. Here are six potential ways to decorate your space to improve mental health and comfort, whether you’re at home or on campus in an apartment or dorm.
Start by incorporating some sort of color scheme to easily combat the white or grey walls that many apartments and dorms often have. Although bright colors will certainly liven up the space, make sure to choose colors that you enjoy and find appealing. If calming neutrals are more your style, VALLEY says go for it. The most important thing is to choose colors that make you happy and your space feel like home.
This may come as a bit of a surprise but curtains are a quick and easy way to add color to a space while tying everything together. Windows may seem bold and “just there” with nothing to complement or frame them.
Introduce another visual element and pop of color by framing these bare windows. VALLEY suggests either a pair of sheer or textured white curtains to appear less bulky and allow for natural light to still shine through. Hang your curtains by using a tension rod to fit any window size and avoid wall damage.
Bring color to your space by indulging in some greenery. Plants have been found to promote health benefits such as reduced stress, improved mood, and enhanced cognition. Don’t worry if you already know you don’t have a green thumb, VALLEY recommends starting with smaller potted plants before moving on to bigger endeavors.
If you are unable to have soil inside your place, try air plants or even a fresh bouquet of flowers. If all else fails, never fear. Faux plants can still bring your space to life and give the desired effect of promoting a comfortable and happy environment by being cute and tasteful decor.
Rugs are another great opportunity to add color to a space while bringing the area together. If your color scheme already has a nice amount of color, try a neutral rug such as tan or white. On the other hand, if the color scheme is on the more neutral side, a pop of color will draw the eye. The pattern of the rug should depend on the other chosen decor. Make sure to not make the area too busy, balance it out to create a relaxing and productive space.
Throw Pillows and Blankets
The furniture that comes with apartments and dorms are often bland and boring. Couches are no exception. An easy way to make your couch give off a completely different vibe is by adding throw pillows and a blanket. They are easy to move around and changeup, which makes them extra fun to accessorize with. If you ever find yourself stuck with a drab couch or even an armchair, definitely try this out.
6. Gallery Walls
Lastly, cover up any of those blank walls with a gallery wall. Use polaroids, posters, magazines, anything to construct an eye-catching piece to design and decorate the space. Including pieces such as vinyl records, framed pictures or other 3D objects adds dimension and uniqueness to the space. Show off your personality by including some of your favorite things!
Rooms are the perfect way to find your own happiness whether you’re making big or small changes. If you changed your room using any of our steps, tag us on Instagram, @VALLEYmag, to show off your new room!