• Ray
  • October 30th, 2017
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If you’re a first-time buyer, chances are you’ll be the proud owner of a mismatch of hand-me-down furniture. It may not be your décor of choice but, with a tight budget to play with, you make do with what you have.

 

However, while your furniture may be second hand, there’s no excuse for styling your home like student accommodation. Here, homeware retailer Oldrids and Downton shows us how to decorate your home like an adult:

 

Frame it

 

Art prints and posters can transform any space but how you hang them can seriously affect the impact they have. Reaching for your trusty Blu-Tack is a big no-no, as posters and prints stuck directly to a wall can look more cut-price pub than chic home.

 

Instead, invest in some poster frames. These will create a much smarter finish and protect your artwork from damage.

 

Be selective with trends

 

Nobody likes to be behind the times but following trends too closely could harm both your wallet and leave you with a jumble of items that trends forgot. To avoid collecting a mix of items that were once popular, try to invest in timeless pieces that won’t date easily.

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t follow trends — you just have to be smart with how you do it. Keep your major purchases, like sofas, dining tables and other furniture timeless, and inject accents of trends through a selection of cheaper accessories. That way, you won’t have to shell out a fortune each time you want to update a room’s décor.

 

Create fuller spaces

 

One of the tell-tale signs of student accommodation are large empty spaces. Created predominantly through a lack of furniture, they can often appear in the properties of first-time buyers too. However, you don’t need to rush out and stock up on furniture just yet —the way you arrange your space can have a big impact.

 

It’s tempting to push your furniture to the outskirts of the room. Obviously, it’s not practical to have all items in the centre of a room, but you do have some flexibility when it comes to sofas and tables. Rather than pushing your seating area flat against a wall, why not create a central arrangement? This will help your space appear fuller.

 

Light it up

 

As a student, many are more inclined to spend their loan on books, holidays and partying rather than decorative light fittings. An exposed bulb leaves your space looking unfinished though, as if you’re not quite done decorating.

 

Make sure all of your lights are dressed — even if it’s just with an inexpensive shade, it will look 100% better.

Originally posted 2016-06-29 19:15:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter