It’s a new season and you’re settling into your new dwelling. As the fatigue from packing and unpacking wears off, you’re probably wondering what’s next. Well, it’s time to decorate!
Budget, time, physical space, and, of course, your housing or lease agreement will have an impact on how much artist freedom you can exercise. We have come up with a few suggestions for college students and renters to help you make your mark on your new digs. Before getting started, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with your housing agreement and come up with a vision for your space. This will give you an idea of what pieces you could add to your space and help prevent you going over budget or violating any housing rules.
Art can be used to add a lot of intrigue to a room. A point to consider when buying art is: What is the narrative you want to tell? If art is not something you readily feel comfortable working with, it may be easier to explore what you’re interested in and how it connects to what your vision is for your new dwelling. Be creative! If you like to travel, hang vintage postcards. If you’re a theater aficionado, consider using posters or playbills from your favorite shows. Another option is to create your own art by experimenting with different mediums and techniques. If you’re in need of frames, stop by Boomerangs and pick up a few for your personal gallery.
Accents like pillows, throw blankets, and area rugs are another way to add a little pizzazz to a room. College students who live on campus, rejoice! Many of these pieces work with a general on-campus housing agreement. In a shared dorm room, area rugs can be used to pull everything together. As a bonding activity, head to Boomerangs with your roommates to pick out an area rug together. Turn a Friday night into a crafting party and make pillows; check out our DIY post, “Dress (Your Couch) to Impress,” for details on how to turn a $1 dress shirt into a decorative pillowcase! Lastly, throw blankets are one of our favorite multipurpose pieces. They’re decorative and functional. If you decide to watch television in a common room and need a little warmth, you can bring a throw blanket to share or enjoy solo.
As you’re adding to your home, definitely consider multipurpose pieces, as they can be great space savers. For example, Plaster and Disaster turned decorative bowls purchased from Boomerangs into planters. Learn how you can do that, too! Storage baskets are also great multipurpose pieces. – beautifully crafted and used to store clothing, books and magazines, and maybe your newly made pillows. Vases can also serve as interesting storage choices.
Pro-tip: Inventory at Boomerangs is constantly changing, so visit often to find those pieces that fit well with your vision for your space! In the comments below, share some of your favorite pieces for adding a little oomph to your living space.