The new hit TV series Interior Design Masters continues on BBC2 on Wednesdays at 8pm. This week the design challenge for the remaining contestants is to restyle a student’s university room.
Styling a room at a University Hall of Residence can be tricky as you are often not allowed to change the furniture or paint the walls.
Here we give some top tips on getting the basics right:
Storage is key in a student’s room. Arriving at University with piles of clothes, sports kit, work, gadgets and accessories, a University room can soon feel cluttered. When styling a student bedroom, it can help to think of different zones and how the student will use the space.
Working 9 to 5?
We all know that a student’s schedule is not necessarily 9 to 5, but creating a good work space is vital. Allow some storage for A4 folders and ensure any shelves are strong enough to withstand the weight of course books.
A large work station or desk, with a comfortable chair should have ample space for any reference material, stationery and a thermos mug for keeping a coffee hot whilst working into the night!
Task lighting for the desk is really important and an Anglepoise-style lamp will be the most practical, with the ability to direct the light to where it’s needed. Use with a suitable bulb of sufficient lumens.
Don’t forget a space for headphones, chargers and gadgets that are easy to reach. A notice board for any reminders will help keep the student on track with their busy life at University. Family photos, postcards and images can also be a nice touch.
To help a student settle into their new life at University it’s important they feel happy and well. Creating a positive space in their student room – where they can literally work, rest and play can really make a difference to their time away from home.
Pot plants and particularly succulents are a fabulous way to add greenery to a room and improve a student’s sense of wellness. Not only are they easy to look after, succulents have air-cleansing qualities, reduce toxins and help with concentration whilst studying. The humidity of a room can be improved and they have been shown to make a student feel more energised and positive.
Time For Bed
Getting a good night’s sleep can really help a student manage their time at University.
When styling a student’s room, the bed should be made to feel like personal sanctuary so they can relax and unwind.
A mattress protector will ensure a clean start to University life, with some good quality bedlinen, pillows and a throw for relaxation or to snuggle up in during the colder months.
Some ambient lighting like fairy lights or an extra lamp will add some softness to the room and framed prints or photos of loved ones will make their student room feel like they’ve never left home!