So, obviously for most people school has started again and we have to work our bottoms off once more. Homework or working at home can be demanding and tiring, so it’s essential to have a workspace in which it’s easy to be productive and get stuff done. That’s why this blog post is going to show you easy tips and tricks to make your room or office ready for this workload, and how to style it in a way you can enjoy being productive. 🙂
My main ‘problem area‘ in my room is my desk, because even though I tidy and style it every single week – well, I try to 😉 – it gets messy pretty quickly. Last year, however, I found myself wandering stores and going through magazines looking for solutions, and in that process, I came up with some ideas that really helped me.
So, I’m going to walk you through styling tips and tricks, that can make your room more beautiful and more practical, within three categories:
- Little Extra’s
Even though messy desks create great flat lays, it’s not ideal when you’re trying to work. Having clear places to store certain things is of great importance in my lifestyle, simply because I can’t be bothered tidying every single day. I’d rather sit in my comfy chair and read a good book at the end of a tiring day.
So, first of all, storing things like paper clips, tape and drawing pins is important because these are the things you can never find when you need them – but tend to be quite essential. For this reason, I have purchased some jam pots to store these in. They’re the perfect size, look incredibly cute and are super cheap. 🙂 Sounds perfect, right?! 🙂
And, what do you actually need to take with you to school? Obviously some pens, pencils and an eraser. But, what’s far easier than storing everything in a small pencil case, is taking this super cute stationary kit with you, which comes in handy more often than you’d think. Just a pen, a pencil and a better eraser and you’ve got everything! 🙂
And storing important documents is something that people tend to forget or just simply ignore, but we’ve all been in the familiar situation in which the teacher hands out a piece of paper that you need to put away somewhere you can remember, because you’ll need it, like, five months later, and then when she tells you to bring it, it’s obviously gone.
That’s why it’s important to store these documents in an assigned spot. I, personally, have two places where a document like that could be. The first place is a simple stand with important cards, notes, notebooks and documents, and things I could probably use later, like a summary of something. The second place is for really important documents, and it’s a binder that I keep in a secure place. Things like my Cambridge Certificates, Medicine Statements – basically things that cannot or are hard to replace – are kept there, safely.
And then we’ve got other stuff, like dictionaries, calculators, pens, pencils, markers, post-it notes, etc. Because tidying these things after every single time I’ve used them is too much work for a generally unorganised person like me, I just keep these in an old shoe-box from ASOS. 🙂
And then there are lots of other things like electronics, magazines, wallets, etc etc etc. These things I store in boxes that I bought at Ikea, but you can buy them at many places. They’re pretty cheap and so convenient. I wouldn’t know what to do without them.
And for other things like makeup brushes or lipsticks, a simple pot or beaker can do the job. Don’t be afraid to be creative, yet give everything a clear purpose. That way, finding your documents and favourite lipsticks back will be much easier, and less stressful.
For me, a beautiful room makes me want to be there, and makes me want to even be productive there. So, I’ve got a few styling tips to make your room more beautiful, though keep in mind that this is also a matter of opinion, you might not like this as much.
First of all, I like to keep plants in my room. It gives a nice green touch, they are quite easy to maintain once you get used to giving them water, and they look adorable. They also give a hint of freshness and tend to make me more relaxed. If you are not too good with caring for plants, you can get some cacti, as they are a little harder to kill (it’s still possible though). If you are more careful and can maintain a bigger plant, go for something different. And, if you like the look of big plants but cannot maintain them well, you can always purchase a fake one.
Then, because I love looking at memories and things I’ve done in the past, both to inspire me and to make me happy, I keep pictures and souvenirs of certain events everywhere around my room. A picture from my first steps, a photo booth picture strip with my best friend ❤ , a wooden elephant that my father brought me from Thailand; it just means something to me, which is why it’s nice to keep it in eyesight while working.
Another thing that can make the room much more welcoming and stylish immediately, is good lighting. Don’t go for the whitest, brightest light in the world, instead opt for a more subtle, romantic tone. It might not be good for pictures (pfft) but it’s much nicer in the long run.
With simple, small decorations you can change a room immediately. Most of the times, it’s in the little details. So be creative! Buy a nice cushion for your comfy chair. Hang some nice things you found in the attic on a wall. Use an old stool as a little table. Paint a wall a different colour. Have a nice place for your favourite cup and candy jar. It’ll make such a difference.
Well, now that we’ve seen many ways in which we can incorporate cheap things or things we already own in our room decoration to make it look prettier and more welcoming, here’s a list of more styling tips to keep in mind if you want to try some things or you’re just very interested in these kinds of things. 🙂
- Have one cohesive colour theme.
- If you have a very small room with a low ceiling, try using lower furniture to fake the height.
- Display the things you love, in the centre or in the front, so that visitors cannot miss it.
- To make a room look bigger, use a mirror on the wall.
- Vary the materials; softer materials like wool go amazing with wood and iron: it’s just a matter of how you style it.
- Don’t overdo it on the matching.
- Gold and silver go beautifully together, contrary to popular belief.
- Pillows seem to often equal luxury in the human mind, so get lots of those (preferably mixed, not matchy).
- Sometimes, patterns in interior design, follow the rule of ‘more is more‘.
And unfortunately, that’s it for this week’s blog post. I hope I’ve helped you a little or inspired you, or at least entertained you for the time being. All the love, x. ❤