When you live in a residence hall, you’ll probably want to make it feel like home. One of the best ways to do that is to decorate your space. Here’s some tips to maximize the space while still showcasing your unique style. 

When you first begin decorating, it might be best to consider what kind of mood you want your room to convey. If you want your room to make you happy, you might consider decorating with warm colors, such as reds and yellows. If you would rather make your room a calming space, you might consider cooler colors like blues, greens, and grays, which may even help you sleep.

One of the easiest ways to save space in a small room is to opt for furniture that can double as storage. Items like ottomans can be comfortable seating while also doubling as great storage options.

Don’t leave the walls blank! Bring pictures of anything that brings you joy, like family, friends, or your pets. You can also hang posters of your favorite bands or movies, or display your favorite artwork. 

Another important aspect to decorating is the lighting within a room. Lighting can have huge impacts on our moods and behaviors, so it’s important to understand how light affects you. Natural lighting is great for productivity, so you might want to open the blinds/curtains during the day to let in the light. Likewise, warm lighting can create a more comfortable atmosphere, which can be achieved by stringing warm-toned fairy lights along your wall. 

You can also decorate using organizational tools. Whiteboards and large wall calendars are great spaces to jot down project due dates or important reminders, but they can also be a fantastic outlet to express your creativity. 

Overall, however you choose to decorate your room, you’ll need to ensure it adheres to WOU Housing’s regulations. WOU wants you to have a safe, productive, and enjoyable year, and that all starts with your living arrangements.