Today I’m finally sharing my apartment bedroom tour! I’ve had a few people ask me if and when this blog post would be going live, so I’m glad you all are as excited about room décor as I am. I really wanted to switch up my décor this year (I’m ready for something a little more sophisticated and a change in color scheme), but I ultimately decided to stay with my classic blue… It makes more sense to me to save the money now and wait to overhaul my decorations until I move into a more permanent apartment after graduation. But with that said, I still feel that my room is lacking a couple of pieces—that’s where you come in!
I thought I wanted to have a more “minimalist” bedroom this year, but it just feels so empty. However, I do usually go overkill with decorations… So that’s why I need your help. Throughout today’s post, I’m posing questions underlined and in bold to get your feedback on how I should finish the room. There’s four in total, so let me know what you think I should do in the comments at the end of this post. I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback!
Since I’m not living in a dorm this year, I had to furnish my own bedroom… Which meant, naturally, that I stole the bed and bedframe from my brother’s room, and I stole the navy chair from my other brother’s room. It was weird not automatically having the desk and dresser that usually comes in a dorm room, but I got a lil’ creative instead, using my Bed, Bath, & Beyond storage cart as a nightstand (I highly recommend the cart, by the way) and a metal rack as my dresser. After much deliberation, I decided to forgo a desk to prevent the room from feeling too squished (plus, there’s a built-in desk in the apartment common area).
1. Should I put something on this wall behind my bed??
This wall seems pretty blank… I still have these pom pom strands from last year’s bedroom, so I could hang five of them behind the bed to create the illusion of an extended headboard. OR I could make a framed picture display, like this one. Thoughts?
2. Should I make better use of the nifty ledge next to my bed?
I really like having this cool little shelf on the wall next to my bed. But I kind of feel like I’m not taking full advantage of it… Any fun ideas for what I should do with it? Or should I just leave it as-is?
3. Should I put something on the back wall between the door and the wall with my mirror?
Again, I could do something with the pom pom strands. Or I could do a collage of printed photos. Or I could do something totally different! I’m open to suggestions.
I was so proud of how my gallery wall turned out, thanks to a variety of Command products. Two of the pieces were made for me by my high school friend, I made the wooden mandala with a wood burning tool, the Puerto Rico heart flag was a gift, and the cute polka dot frame is from Pier One (the frame would make a super easy DIY project).
Love a good paint chip mural as cheap decorations! I decided to make it ombre this year, and I think it looks great on the cement support beam as a statement accent wall.
4. Should I get a small area rug for the center of the room?
I didn’t get a great pic of the empty space in the middle of the room, but I’m kinda thinking a rectangular rug coming diagonally from the bed would really tie the bedroom together. It would probably be a grey pattern/neutral colors so that I could use it in future apartments as well.
Is this baby orchid not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?? I love the way it looks on my adorable $15 elephant table!
I love displaying my collection of fancy Papyrus cards on a strand of string lights. If only you could see them in person… They’re so bedazzled and absolutely fabulous. The collection is probably my favorite decoration!
And then of course, there’s my closet. It’s ginormous—way more space than I need, especially since I brought so few clothes this year. But I’m certain I would be able to fit my entire closet from home into this space! Check out the pic below to see how deep the closet goes.
While my room gets amazing natural light during the day (although not-so-amazing light for my outfit-of-the-day videos), there are NO overhead lights in this room. Not one. It’s like a hotel room. So once the sun sets, this is about as bright as my bedroom gets… Hence the clip-on lamp in my blue study chair. It definitely incentivizes me to get work done early!
So what do you think of my room?? Cute? Does it need more decorations? Or would more be overkill? Would love to hear your thoughts. You can see how I styled all these same decorations in my sophomore year dorm room and my freshman year dorm room. You can also follow along on Pinterest for more décor ideas.
Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great Thursday! Thank goodness we’re almost to the end of the week.
Miles of smiles,