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Whether you’re in a dorm or an off-campus apartment for the year, coming to Eugene for the school year means being able to decorate a new living space for yourself aside from your room at home. Personally, my off-campus apartment has served as the eye of the hurricane amidst the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic and online schooling. Your living space should be a place for you to seek comfort, relax, and cozy up in. It should also be a space to escape the overlap of school and daily life, with many of us attending class from our bedrooms nowadays. If you keep a few of these tips in mind when decorating (or redecorating) your space, you’re sure to be on your way towards having the perfect balanced living space!

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to decorating your living space is that little details add up. Even small pieces of decor, like postcards or small succulents, can add to the overall character of your room. Additionally, using gifts or other mementos and knick-knacks I’ve amassed as decor definitely helps my room feel more like my home away from home. I have a thin bookshelf in the corner of my room where I store my favorite books, photos, my jewelry, and my coffee mugs. These items, small apart, all come together to always warm my heart and my bedroom. If you keep in mind how each small detail you use works with the others in your room, you’ll have no problem decorating your space with tiny decor items!

Another decorating tip for any living space is to buy pieces of furniture or decor that are useful and functional. Jewelry holders, bed frames that double as extra room, and hanging desk storage are all examples of how you can incorporate functional storage items into the overall aesthetic of your room. Maximizing space is a must for most college apartments, but you want to do so in a way that doesn’t overwhelm or clutter your overall decor style. Keeping your space organized and sorted will go a long way, because you’ll be able to efficiently store more things in your room than before, without making your room look messy or unkempt. 

Decor is the very defining style of any living space. Going into the 2020s, I’m excited to see how interior design trends will shift with the times to come. For now, it seems like psychedelic designs, artsy furniture, and creative pieces are the trends to look out for in the coming months! However, when it comes to college living spaces, decor sometimes takes the backseat to functionality and practicality. But, with these tips, you’re sure to be on the right track to maximizing the functionality and the style of any space you’re in.

Hi! My name is Lauren Howard, I'm 21, and I'm from Palos Verdes, CA. I'm currently Junior the University of Oregon, and I'm majoring in Advertising. In my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix, thrifting, or vibing to one of my many Spotify playlists. A passionate storyteller and opinionated to a T, I'm excited to delve into some of my favorite topics, and learn from everyone here!
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