Transitioning out of your parent’s home and into a dormitory or apartment of your own is rough. But fear not, because among the pros of moving out is finally getting the opportunity to decorate however your heart desires.
At this point you may be wondering how a college student or young professional can even afford to decorate on such a tight budget. Here’s where my roommates and I can help you out.
Oftentimes in college, you’re sharing a living space with other students or friends. A great way to live stylishly and affordably is to split the design costs.
The first thing you will want to do is establish a budget. For example, when decoration my apartment, my roommates and I each contributed less than $300 for furniture, accessories and paint.
When combined, we were able to create a $1200 living room space that was both economical when the cost was split up and didn’t lack on style.
The next key step is to decide on a style or theme. From there you can select affordable pieces as a group and decide which items each person will buy.
In keeping with our personalities, my roommates and I decided on a punchy, chartreuse color on the walls matched it with modern black and white furniture pieces.
When designing shared spaces, the most important thing to remember is that everyone should have a say in the decision making process.
In the end, I think my roommates and I did a great job. We were able to seamlessly blend our personalities and our budgets to create an atypical, trendy college living room.
Bonus Tip: A great resource for inexpensive and contemporary furniture is Ikea. You can view their inventory online at www.ikea.com.
Want to know what my roommates think about the space? Read on because I asked them the hard-hitting questions about our living room.
What's your favorite part of our living room? I love the television! I also love the personal touches of our pictures on the bookcase shelves.
What were you responsible for buying?I was responsible for buying the bookshelf, picture frames and drapes in the living room and the dining room table, chairs and storage cabinet.
Do you think you'll reuse the stuff you bought in your own apartment or home in the future? I think I’ll reuse the dining room furniture in the future because they are pretty typical and necessary household items.
How would you describe the style of our living room? I’m not really sure what the style of our living room is. I definitely think the bright colors and animal print keeps it youthful and modern.
What's your favorite part of our living room? Our walls!
What were you responsible for buying? In the living room, I was responsible for the futon, the side tables and the coffee table.
Do you think you'll reuse the stuff you bought in your own apartment or home in the future? Hopefully not - hopefully I'll have the money to be able to upgrade and donate my old furniture to my sister who'll be starting college.
How would you describe the style of our living room? Contemporary, stylish, chic and fabulous.