While some students may struggle to creatively decorate their apartments on a budget, others turn to principles of creativity and design.
Before decorating, one suggestion students may turn to is choosing a color scheme or theme for the space. According to HGTV.com, color schemes play an important role in decorating.
Colors are classified into categories including soothing, dramatic, vibrant and classic. Soothing colors include naturals like greens, blues and browns. For a dramatic look, shimmering metallics like black or regal purple could be used.
Another idea is to create a photo collage. Instead of buying expensive artwork from the store, students can rent a digital camera from the school and take a series of pictures with a central theme.
After the pictures are complete, print them at a local store and create a collage on the wall.
Inexpensive frames for these pictures can be found at local stores and thrift shops.
Vintage frames work well with collages. Sometimes collages can be done without any frames. In fact, many apartments do not allow tenants to put holes in the wall; in this case, bulletin boards work nicely.
In addition, thrift store or decorations can be painted or incorporated into a room for a vintage look. Do it yourself (DIY) bloggers and magazines like Better Homes and Gardens show tutorials online.
For more ideas and inspiration students may visit sites like Pinterest, where people all over the world post pictures of home decor ideas.
In Rexburg, craft stores, thrift stores and hardware stores are places where students may find inexpensive decorating splies.
“One thing I learned from interior design is how powerful repetition and a strong line is for your eye to follow,” said Lauren Whiting, a junior studying interior design. “You can use pictures to create a line or paint a wall.”