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Is your Instagram feed full of interior designers and home improvement influencers? Do you double tap every perfect living room aesthetic and farmhouse kitchen you see? Maybe you even like sharing bits of your own life on the platform, and wish you could show off your home in your pictures. The good news? It’s easier than you might think to decorate an Instagram-worthy home. You don’t have to have a lot of design experience or a huge budget. With a few tips, tricks, and hacks, you can make your living space look awesome in photos. More importantly, you can create a home you love spending time in every day!

Clean Up the Clutter

One of the easiest ways to make your home look better is to clean it. When people see clutter in the background of your photos, it can be distracting, and they’ll spend less time looking at the actual subject.  Decluttering is a great way to give your home a more organized look, and it can also help you to lead a more minimalistic lifestyle. If you do decide to organize and get rid of things, however, make sure you do it responsibly. Consider donating things like:

  • Clothes
  • Toys
  • Electronics
  • Books
  • Furniture

If you’re trying to get rid of electronics, look up local e-cycling locations that can dispose of your items properly and safely. Responsible decluttering will give you a “clean slate” to decorate your home in a way that shows off your personality. 

Pick Your Aesthetic

Speaking of your personality, that’s exactly what your home decor should represent! It’s okay to follow some of the latest and greatest Instagram trends, including: 

  • Statement walls
  • Arched mirrors
  • Layered art
  • Round pedestal tables

If these things speak to you, use them! However, don’t let trends (that will likely come and go) influence you too much. If you don’t like something, you’ll end up regretting it once the trend has passed. Let’s face it, the shabby-chic look isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea forever. Instead, focus on creating an aesthetic that captures your personal sense of style. Find your inner interior designer by considering what inspires you, and the type of mood you want your home to evoke. When you do that, it won’t take long to develop a decor theme for your whole house. 

Small Changes Make a Big Difference

You don’t have to remodel or redecorate your entire home to get it Instagram-ready. If you’re on a tight budget or don’t have the time to make big changes in your decor, start small. You might be surprised by how different a room can look after it’s painted a different color, or even if you add different accents pillows, rugs, or blankets. Even things like updating the finishes and picking a few statement pieces can go a long way in making your home look completely different. You can “cheat” the look of specific rooms by utilizing natural lighting in each picture so every room looks as clean and clear as possible. While your photos need to be realistic, it’s also okay to do a few “staging” techniques when you specifically want your followers to focus on your decor. 

At the end of the day, however, it’s important to remember that you want to establish a home environment that’s comfortable to live in, not just one that looks good on social media. If you truly think about your needs and wants when it comes to home decor, that’s easy to accomplish. Have fun with this project, and give yourself the flexibility to make changes as your sense of style changes. The happier you are with your home, the more fun you’ll have sharing it on social media. 

Going to college marks the beginning of a new phase in your life, and what a better way to celebrate it than by decorating your student apartment? Besides the fact that it’s simply fun, decorating your new place can make you feel more comfortable, and if you do it right, it can also help you study better. So, here are a few tips that should help you make your student apartment more stylish. 

Show your colors

One of the best ways to make your apartment truly yours is to decorate it in your favorite colors. Whether you like lively, bold colors or a milder blueish palette, your choice of colors says a lot about you. Now, painting the walls is usually not allowed in college apartments, but there are plenty of other ways to add color to your room. For example, you can use removable decals and wall tapestries, you can find pillows and blankets in your favorite colors, and you can always introduce your colors through smaller, stylish accessories. After all, details matter, so even if you add only a few colorful items, they can still give your apartment a lot of character. 

Light it up

student girl
Although lighting is more about functionality, there are many ways in which you can use it to make your apartment more chic. For starters, not having lighting fixtures that match makes any room seem more eclectic and unique. Then, there are always string lights, which can be hung from pretty much anywhere. They are perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere after a lot of studying. Finally, if you get a lamp with a lampshade, you can poke holes in the lampshade and project any pattern you want all around the room. 

Choose the right furniture

When it comes to furniture, it should be both practical and comfortable. Therefore, make sure the chair that you use when studying is ergonomically correct and that your desk has plenty of room for everything you use while studying. Also, look for furniture that doubles as storage, since you can never have too much storage. Finally, for an extra boost of style, choose one or two comfortable sofas that you’ll enjoy sitting and sleeping on. The thing is, your furniture options might be limited by the size of your apartment and the items it comes with. However, this only means that you need to choose wisely.

Make a custom bookshelf

study desk
With a bit of creativity, you can turn anything into something else. For example, a small stepladder that you don’t really need can easily become a cute bookshelf that you definitely do need. You can personalize it by painting it in the above-mentioned colors, and you can also add some photos to it. This way, you’d have plenty of storage for your books, and you’d also have motivational photos when the exam period comes. 

Introduce a bit of homey comfort

Assuming that your college is far away from your hometown, it’s completely normal for you to miss your room at home and the comfort it provided you with. No matter how excited you are about your new college life, it still implies many new things you’d need to get used to. One way to make this transition easier is to make your student apartment more comfortable. You can do so with soft pillows, which you can bring from home, fuzzy rugs that you’ll enjoy walking on, and some throws that you can wrap yourself in while studying. It’ll make you feel more at home, and such accessories are never out of style. 

Add some greenery

student apartment
This tip might not sound very chic, but there’s much more to it than it might seem at first. For starters, plants purify the air, which can help you be more productive and energetic. Next, they give you an opportunity for personal expression – you can use them to introduce a pop of color into your student apartment, and you can always decorate the planters. Finally, they also provide you with something to care for, which might actually make you feel better if you have a pet at home that you miss.

 

Your student apartment will be your home for quite a while, so might as well make it feel like one. There’s no reason for it to be bland and barely practical when you can turn it into a chic resort that is just as stylish as it is functional. So, pay attention to the little details, introduce your favorite colors through accessories, and emphasize the visual appeal through light fixtures. Add some greenery, pick your furniture wisely, and you’ll be enjoying your new college life in no time.