You did it! You’re adulting so hard and finally have the first real place you can call your own. Whether you’re renting or owning, have roommates or live solo, having a place to call your own is a big deal. Decorating your space to reflect your vibe can feel overwhelming so we’ve put together 5 essential rules to help you get your decor game strong. Before you know it you’ll be going to the dentist every six months and find yourself going to bed at a reasonable hour.
Build a gallery wall
Hanging artwork on your walls is one of the easiest ways to add colour and impact to your space. Throughout the last couple of years other young people have started created magnificent art pieces that fit any style. Mixing up frames is a good way to give it an eclectic look. Try a gallery wall over your couch as a statement piece that ties the room together – it is even allowed to hang some personal pics as well, maybe one of your pics got a lot of likes on Instagram, why not get it printed? Your friends will be all like, “whoa, am I in an art gallery?” And you’ll be like, “dude, chill, it’s just my living room”.
Quick Tip: Not sure how many is too many? Start with 3-5 pieces and play around with scattering their placement on your wall. They don’t have to be aligned.
Make that bed
A made bed is essential to a clean and effortless bedroom. Keep it to simple colours and always go white with the bed sheet. Many guys tend to go for the darker colours on that sheet, but this will just make it look dirty actually – and remember, you want to keep those girls coming back right? Add a bedspread and a few colourful pillows to get that awesome hotel look; it will impress your guest!
Quick Tip: Wash your bed linen and sheets every two weeks. Nothing beats dropping into bed made with freshly washed sheets anyway.
Plant a plant
It is pretty much the trendiest thing you can do for your interior. Plants are also an inexpensive way to add warmth to a room. Many plants also help clean the air, fight colds and can balance your overall homeostasis.
Quick Tip: If you’re new to plants, or worry you have a “black thumb”- try a cactus! They are easy to find, come in great variety, and need very little care – basically lots of light and water once a week (some even less).
Less can be more
When it comes to creating a place that is functional and inviting, often the best mantra is “less is more”. This concept can be difficult to grasp, especially if you’ve ever wandered down the Ikea rabbit hole and ended up with a cart full of things-you-didn’t-know-you-needed-but-now-definitely-do. Think of it as, the fewer things I have everywhere, the less I have dust off.
Quick Tip: When setting up your new space, put any items you’re uncertain about in a box. To borrow the words of decluttering guru, Marie Kondo, does it spark joy in you? If not, toss it.
Above all: you do you
Just because you have your first “big boy/girl” place doesn’t mean you have to give up the unique, quirky style that makes you-you. Anyone can create an Instagramable space but if it doesn’t feel inherently “you” then you will never feel at home.
Quick Tip: Repurpose something you loved from your childhood bedroom as decor – a tiny figurine your grandma gave you or something fun you bought on the trip to Barcelona, it will be a great conversation piece and will always remind you of who you are.