Create a cosy nest with these 10 essentials this wintery semester. Not only do they add character and charm to a shoe-box room, but using cunning techniques they add warmth to wintery nights in too...
1. Try a throw
With heating bills a hot debate in the house, pardon the pun, why not invest in a throw? Try a chunky knit or a sumptuous fur and curl up with a cup of tea of an evening. Equally, they double as great extra duvets when friends inevitably come to crash on your floor.
2. Light up your room
For some extra sparkle, try fairy lights! A favourite amongst students across the country, these twinkly stars add a comforting glow to any bedroom. Experiment with different colours and shapes before winding them around bedposts or draping them over mirrors.
3. A beanbag for movie nights
For slouchy seating invest in a beanbag. They are a brilliant seating
alternative that don't take up too much space and can be dragged to
friend's rooms for movie nights. Grab one in a colour that pops or a print to
match your throw.
4. Invest in cosy cushions
Embrace the cushion! All shapes, sizes, materials and colours - the more the merrier. Not only do they make your bed look cosy and inviting, they also add colour and texture to an otherwise bland and small room. Go crazy with patterns and prints that contrast against your bedding.
5. Decorate your wall
Hide those boring, magnolia walls! Try posters collected from travels and university promoters - trust us, you'll be inundated or chalk boards covered in friends' scribbles. Equally, simply pin up postcards, photos and timetables to the wall.
6. Bask in storage glory
Baskets act as stylish storers. They look great in vibrant plastics or with ribbon tied around wicker handles, whilst serving a functional and practical purpose by hiding all those bits without a home. More can be more when making a room feel snug, so pile them high on floors and desks.
7. Perk up with plants
We know that remebering to feed and water yourself is hard enough, but pick up an easy-care plant for some added life to an otherwise lifeless room. Try one with bright sprouting buds or pot it in a fun vase. You never know, you may become quite the botanist.
8. Style it out with candles
Get rid of that fresh paint stench and make your room smell delicious. Try a scent that reminds you of home or a fun seasonal aroma. They can come in beautiful jars and the flickering flame adds a warm glow. But do be careful not to set any fire alarms off!
9. Protect your floors!
Hide that trodden, stained carpet with a charming rug. Get a bold colour or a pattern to revitalise your room and swap it up half way through term with cheap alternatives.
They look stylish when paired with matching cushions, plus they keep your toes toasty.
10. Display your favourites
Pin photos across walls, doors and boards, however save some special ones for ornate photo frames. It's good to dot them across ledges and tables throughout the room in contrasting shapes and materials to fill spots with important people.
Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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