My University Room Tour

university room tour
I've been wanting to do a room tour for a while now but with less than 2 months left in student accommodation (!!!) before I move into my new house I thought I better get my butt into gear and actually do it! I wanted to make it a bit more fun for you guys to read so I've made it semi-interactive, meaning that if you hover over each image you should be able to see annotations of where certain items are from. If you're on a mobile or touchscreen device you'll have to click each image to be able to see them. Scroll to the end of the post for a few quick tips and tricks that I've picked up this year on turning your bedroom into somewhere that feels homely and relaxing! I hope you have as much fun reading this as I did making it :)

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I started shopping for homeware items a year before I started university. I had no idea if I'd even get into the uni that I wanted to go to (I did, yay!) but I was adamant that I wanted my bedroom to feel as cosy as possible if I did move away as my bedroom at home had never really felt very "me". I was quite young when I chose how I wanted it to be decorated and I never had much money to put into making it fit my tastes so I saw moving away as an opportunity to start afresh! I was quite nervous at the thought of leaving the comfort of my family home and I knew that to avoid excessive homesickness I was going to have to be able to create a space that felt like it belonged to me as soon as I arrived at university. I currently live in private halls in Leeds, which means it's not run by my university, so I'm quite lucky that it's fairly modern compared to some student accommodation that I've seen. However, we still have to abide by the same boring rules - no posters on walls, no candles (I broke this one but I've never lit them so it's fine, right?) and all of the furniture is fixed so no moving it around! This limits what you can do with your bedroom but I think I've managed to create a space that I'm happy with :) Now that you've had a peek into my bedroom you've probably noticed a few things:

1) I like patterns. A lot. If they're geometric then even better.
My love for patterns is something I knew I wanted to channel into my university bedroom and so when I found this duvet cover from Home Sense I immediately knew that it had to be mine! I love the colour of it - it's warm and comforting but also bright and zingy and probably as close to orange as you can get in a bedroom without it being an eyesore. I bought the rest of the items in my room (cushions, throws, decorative items etc.) to match either the colour of the duvet or the geometric pattern. There's A LOT of places that sell home items and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes so I think it's really important to decide on a dominant colour or have an image in your head of what you want before you start shopping. This helps to eliminate stress and makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable!

2) I'm a soft furnishings hoarder - I think cushions and cosy blankets are SO important.
When you've moved to a new city and everything is new and unfamiliar it's nice to return to your bedroom at night and feel like it's yours. One of the easiest ways of achieving this, in my opinion, is by making it seem super inviting. I have way more cushions than I could ever possibly need but I like to curl up at night in the middle of them and feel snuggly. They're also great when you have friends over as it means they'll always have somewhere comfy to sit. People always seem to gravitate towards my bedroom at uni and I always get comments about how homely my room feels so it's also a good way of making friends (or luring them in, whichever way you want to look at it.) *shifty eyes emoji*

3) I'm torn between wanting a minimal style and something that's busy and interesting!
I'm still not sure whether I want a super minimalistic pinterest style bedroom or a room that is oozing with decorative items and patterns and arty inspiration but I think I've managed to find a happy medium between the two. I like to call it Organised Clutter. And I think organisation is key in a university room! There's never much storage space and so finding a home for everything is really important in order to keep everything clean and tidy! There's nothing worse than coming home after a full day at uni with loads of work to do and having to spend three hours tidying your room before you can even sit down at your desk - trust me, I've been there. Ikea's storage boxes are a godsend for underneath your bed and it's a good idea to get pots and little boxes to put all of your smaller items in like makeup and pens. On the other hand, I think it's a good idea to have lots of little items that make you happy and make your room look more lived in. I have a lot of artwork from my talented friends and funny photographs on display but they're mostly confined to my pin board, which means that I have one big area of happy things to look at if I'm ever feeling down. 10/10, would recommend! :)

Above all I think that having fun with decorating your room is what will make it reflect your own personal style the most! I still buy things for my room regularly even now as this is the stuff that I'll probably be taking with me through my time at uni and maybe even beyond. It's easy to get bored with your surroundings so switching things up a bit can keep it feeling fresh and exciting! I hope that you've enjoyed this post and expect an updated room tour (or maybe even a house tour eee) when I move in July! :)

Love, Hails.

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  1. Ah, I love this post so, so much :) It's a little worrying that one of the main reasons I'm excited to start university in September is to decorate a new room... and like you, I've already planned it out too much hahaha.
    I love your desk set up and pin board in particular, it looks so good and has offered tons of inspiration :) Can't wait to see your updated room tour too! X

    www.farawaylucy.com

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    1. I was the same too, decorating is definitely the best thing on the first day - it's also a good thing to bond over as everyone always seems to be looking for pins for their pin boards and blutack haha! Thank you so much :) I hope that your move to uni goes smoothly and I'd love to see some pics when you move in! xxx

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  2. Really love this post. I must say I've not bothered overly with my room at uni this year (thats awful isn't it?), but moving into a little house next year makes me super excited and I have started picking things up but seeing your bits has given me ideas on where to go! :)

    I feel your pain between minimalism and having lots of cute bits - the daily struggle! Also, love the rollover on the photos & actually weirdly jealous of your curtains as my room at uni has those gross office-style blinds - ew.

    :) X Alice

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    1. I don't think it's awful! I think it's kinda hard to care when your accommodation is typical uni accommodation, it's not very inspiring, is it? All those ugly curtains and weird coloured wooden items haha :') I'd love to see pics when you move in!!! xxx

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  3. I love your room so much! It looks a lot tidier than mine ever was at uni.. I found it so hard to keep such a small space tidy - I had way too much stuff! Geometric patterns are my favourite too along with florals xx

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    1. Trust me, my room is not like this all the time haha! My boyfriend suggested doing a picture rollover of how it looks tidied and how it looks messy... The horror haha! xxx

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  4. What a lovely dorm room! The patterns and colours are all so bright and beautiful, presumably making it feeling very comfortable and homely. This was also a very lovely read xx

    megan // meganpedicini.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Where did you get your cushions from?! I love them! xx

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  6. I love your geometric bedding! I'm going to uni after the summer and I'm just hoping the rooms are alright lol. I wil defo be putting potted cacti on my window sill. - Becky x

    http://adaintyfawn.blogspot.co.uk/

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