DIY dorm updates: How to spruce up your university halls

Transform a depressing university bedroom into a thing of beauty with our top decorating tips

It’s nearly university term time, but before you wave them off to their cell-like dorm room, think about the ways to make their space more liveable. From cushions to fairy lights we’ve come up with some simple ideas to bring personality and colour to their university living space.

1. Fairy lights
Use fairy lights to brighten up the space - it will make the room feel warmer and more welcoming. The bright lights work well for creating an atmosphere or adding a feminine feel; either way their new friends will love them and it’s a great way to make a room feel cosy.

white bedroom with bed and pillows

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2. Photo frames
Use photos of friends and family to decorate the surfaces in your child's university room. It will add a personal touch and can be of great comfort if they ever feel a little homesick.

white room with wall quote and pictures

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3. Pin boards
Having a pin board enables your kids to display photographs, posters and various memories from their time at university. Whether it be train tickets, concert tickets, freshers wristbands or memories from a night out, it’s a great way to personalise their space. Can't nail anything to the wall? Stand a fabric pin board against the wall behind their desk - that way they won't get fined for any damages when they leave!

study room with pink wallpaper and white table

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4. Utilise the uni books!
Textbooks will be a large part of their time at uni, so use them as a form of decoration to help make the room look more sophisticated and inviting. Having books on show can also be a great conversation starter for new friends and housemates.

white bedroom with carpet flooring and book shelf

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5. Invest in new bed linen

Buying new bed linen can be an easy way to make a university room look more co-ordinated and stylish. As much as you may want to force them to take their trusty childhood covers, new sophisticated, pretty linen can make all the difference.

girl's bedroom with pink pillows and bedside table

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6. Cushions
Ok, so maybe your 18 year old music loving son might not be a big fan of cushions, but a selection of colour-coordinated designs can add a warm, welcoming look to any room.

pink walled bedroom with bed and cushions

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