How To Prettify your Bedroom

Do you ever sit in your room, have a look around and feel like you want to change something about it, but don’t exactly know what? Here are a few tips and ideas on how to make your room an even prettier, cosier and more personal place to live in.

(Don’t worry if you’re not the crafty kind of person or don’t have the magic touch for decorations, because – me neither. The following changes are things that anyone can do and require no special abilities whatsoever. xx)

Photos. The easiest step to make your room look special is to make it as personal as possible. And what better way would there be to do that than by decorating it with photos you took? I know it’s rare to actually print photos because you’ve got them all on your phone or laptop but it’s a wonderful experience and a much nicer memory than on your display. You can either just pin photos on your wall, put them in a frame (you can find beautiful frames at flea markets, get different old and new ones with several colours to create a vintage wall) or think of another alternative.

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Concert tickets. If you love concerts as much as I do, you might also have a collection of concert tickets which you could display on your walls to remind you of the good times you had when you saw your favourite bands or singers. Tickets from the cinema, a museum, a funfair or an exhibition would probably look really good as well!

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Basically, decorate your walls with anything that looks pretty: posters, postcards, autographs, confetti, drawings, maps whatever you like!

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A special idea would be to make a template and cut out little paper butterflies in different colours, they’re easily made and look lovely!

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Books. Don’t we all know the saying “A room without books is like a body without a soul” by Cicero? Personally, I couldn’t agree more to that, which is why I often catch myself buying books I don’t even intend to read just because they’ve got a nice cover and would look good on my bookshelf. Of course, that’s a bit silly and you probably shouldn’t do that because it’s a waste of money, but what you can do, is to sort the books you already have and put them somewhere where you can see them. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a bookcase, I have a friend whose shelf crashed because she had too many novels stored in it, so she piled them all on the floor and it looks even nicer than it did before. Books add so much atmosphere, so don’t hide them in cupboard where they’re not visible!

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Same goes for CDs. If you’ve got any, present them! Your visitors will most probably love to have a look at them or select one to listen to as well.

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Light up your world. (See what I did there? Hah, 1d af!) A room can often seem a bit comfortless if you turn on a very bright light, so in order to make your place more comfy and cosy, fairy lights are the way to go. (Tip: They look particularly nice draped around your bedstead or on your bookshelf).

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Apart from that, my friend gave me a very beautiful lamp for Christmas last year which I believe you could also build yourself if you take a barrel, remove the bottom, drill holes in it and put a light inside.

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Boxes and jars. In order to turn your room into the “happy place” you want it to be, it’s essential that you also have things around that mean a lot to you and always cheer you up. To store them in a practical and decorative way, you can employ vases, glasses, jars or boxes you can either buy or design yourself by using old shoe cartons or packages. For example, I’ve got a box for letters my friends wrote me, another one for magazines and a little jar where I put in tiny notes with happy memories written on them. Apart from that, box with biscuits or other treats could be a good idea since food is basically the key to happiness, isn’t it?

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Be creative. Always remember that anything can be art and can be used as decoration. There are no limits unless you make them!

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Guestbook. Guestbooks are usually only a thing at parties or special occasions, but why not have one in your room for your visitors to write in? I bet it’ll be fun to see what they’ve put down afterwards.

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Ideas: What To Do In Your Summer Holidays

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We all know how it is – it’s the summer holidays, most of your friends are away and you’re stuck at home, not having a clue how to spend the next weeks.

To prevent boredom, I created this little list of things to do when you don’t have to go to school/ uni/ work and don’t really know what to do with yourself – try it out, enjoy and add your own suggestions for activities in the comments if you like!

  • Read. Don’t we all love to sit down in our favourite armchair with a nice cuppa, getting lost in fictional worlds and forgetting about our own reality from time to time? Nevertheless, a lot of book lovers will know the struggle of coming home after a long and exhausting day, wanting to pick up a book, but then feeling too lazy and turning on the computer instead or even falling into bed immediately. That’s why you could now take the opportunity and catch up on all the books you wanted to read but never got around to, I’m sure you’ll rediscover your love for books and the magic they create in your head very soon.
  • Find new musicians you like. Discovering new music or listening to an album for the very first time is such a joyful thing, isn’t it? Ask your friends for recommendations, search tumblr or other platforms for artists that are similar to the ones you already like to listen to and then simply lie down and concentrate on nothing but the songs, you’ll feel incredibly relaxed and happy later on.
  • Write a poem. You can either write something for a friend and give it to them when you’re finished or just do it for yourself. Writing about your feelings might help to structure them and understand their meaning a bit better. And remember – a poem can be anything you want it to be, so it doesn’t have to rhyme, have a metre or any of the other characteristics you’ve learned about in English class – just let your mind run free and see what happens.
  • Try out new recipes. Cooking can be quite stressful if you have to do it in a hurry, but now that you’ve got the day to yourself, you might as well try to do the dish you always found so interesting but never dared to make! Just put on a nice playlist (which you can create before you start – another fun activity!) and give it a go, the worst thing that can happen is that you ruin it and have a funny story to tell your friends afterwards.
  • Collect your favourite quotes in a notebook. Put down all your favourite lyrics and quotes that inspire you and illustrate them, so that you can read through them whenever you feel like it.
  • Learn a new language. By that, I don’t necessarily mean visiting a language course since that can be quite pricey: you can easily teach yourself the basics by studying with special self-learning books or using apps like Duolingo on your phone. That way, you can educate yourself as well as impress everyone on your next holiday in a foreign country!
  • Draw something. Personally, I’m not talented at arts at all, but your lack of talent should never hinder you from giving it a whirl anyways! Perhaps you can start with copying something before sketching your own creation to get the hang of it. Plus, don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t look how you imagined it to look like at the first try, no one is born a master, innit?
  • Write letters. You might think I’m old-fashioned, but let’s be honest – there are not many things as beautiful and personal as a handwritten letter. Surprise your loved ones by writing them a little message, maybe telling them what you’re up to or even making a little list of things you like about them. This is so much nicer than sending a text message, they will be absolutely delighted and you will most probably make their day.
  • Rearrange your room. Are you unsatisfied with your room or do you like it but simply wanna make it even more of a home than it is already? Try to change the arrangement of your furniture, put some new posters on your walls or put the books on your shelf in a new order – the smallest things can make a huge difference. Also, don’t forget to tidy everything – you might even come across things you’ve completely forgotten you owned when doing so!
  • Search for DIY stuff on the internet. If you still completely run out of ideas, you can always have a look at Pinterest or YouTube to find some inspiration or maybe get instructions for a DIY item. The internet will never disappoint you!