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By Angelica Niedermeyer

When moving into a college dorm or an apartment, plain walls and empty spaces can be hard to get inspiration from while decorating. However, with a couple statement pieces, it can change the whole look and feel.

In The Right Light

Lighting makes all the difference. From dainty fairy string lights and Edison bulb lights to night lights and lava lamps, lighting brightens the space and makes it more homey. Here are some examples of cool lights to add.

Through The Looking Glass

Mirrors can open up a small room, so adding a few won’t hurt to reflect the light and the rest of the room, making it look bigger. Mounting a body size mirror is perfect for ‘fit checks and selfies, while vanity mirrors are a must for getting ready. Even placing an accent mirror in a fun shape or design can be just what the room needs. 

Art Adds Personality

Nothing is sadder than a blank wall. Adding your favorite band’s posters, drawings, and paintings, can help your personality come through. Another idea can be to have a paint and sip night to then make your own art! Paint and sips can be hosted at home or be done at a venue. Red Bubble is also a great website for fun and vibey posters.

Go Outside To Come Inside

Plants bring in the natural color and feelings of being outside. A touch of greenery is not only aesthetically pleasing, but plants release oxygen and love to take in carbon dioxide. Talking to and taking care of plants can be super beneficial to the plants and to the plant caretaker. Another option is to buy fake plants or ivy like this. Here are some plants that are perfect for a new dorm or apartment.

  • Ferns
  • Cactus’
  • Succulents
Angelica is so excited to be the leader of this chapter as Campus Correspondent at Her Campus at Manhattan! Originally from the Jersey Shore, Angelica is a senior at Manhattan College studying communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in French. Angelica is also Features Editor of the campus newspaper The Quadrangle, Fashion and Beauty Editor of Lotus Magazine, and Secretary of Alpha Pi Phi Sorority. She currently interns at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the Brand and Customer Partnerships Department. You can hear Angelica hosting Soundtrack Sunshine, as she DJ’s for Manhattan College’s radio station WRCM. When she finds the time to breathe she likes to go for walks in Van Cortland Park, hang out at An Beal with friends, and watch her roomates dance at the basketball games. Angelica loves to write about anything from her deepest darkest feelings, trendiest clothes on sale, and hot button topics. She loves to share her experiences with all of you and hopes readers can take something from her insight. She encourages anyone with a story to tell to join Her Campus and take a chance on the best girl group in college! Happy reading :)