Arriving at university means total freedom when it comes to decking out your bedroom – within your landlord’s remits of course. But after hours of scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration, you can easily wind up feeling that nothing is really ‘you’.
Your room is a reflection of your personality – whether that’s a creative hermit who wants to curl up with a sketchbook or a social busy-body who’s almost never in their room, your bedroom should be a visual representation of this.
Having a room that’s arranged to match your personality allows you to remain balanced and relaxed, whether it’s through minimalist clarity, creative muse, harmonious energy flow or feng shui
Take our quiz to find out what you need in your bedroom, and how to get the right balance.
How much time to you spend in your room?
Do you consider yourself organised?
How do you spend time in your bedroom?
Do you enjoy tidying?
Does your landlord allow you to make changes to your room?
Quiz: How to decorate your room based on your personality
A creative catastrophe
You are curiously creative and favour the quirkier things in life. Never one for organised thinking, you're more likely to throw your clothes, keys and everything else in random corners of your room. While this looks like chaos to some people, you are used to thinking beyond the confines of rationality making you disposed to creative endeavours and a deeper perspective. Studies have concluded that creative thinkers thrive in 'messy' environments, including Kathleen Voh's research the University of Minnesota. Geniuses such as Einstein and Steve Jobs are known for having cluttered environments - so if this is your style prepare to whip out the contrasting tapestries, brightly coloured rugs, ambient lights, and perhaps some draws to ensure things don't get too out of hand!
Hey, Feng Shui
You're sensitive to different energies around you and need your room to be a place of peace and personal bliss. Chinese tradition has respected this notion for centuries through the art of Feng Shui; a concept that acknowledges energy flow in rooms and how physical objects distrupt its natural state. To create harmony in your room, your bed should be in the middle with symmetry on both sides. There should be natural light and plenty of air entering your room, with the corners of objects facing your bed. Your decor should be netural both in colour and design, and plants can restore harmony as long as they are not placed near the bed.
Minimal and maintained
You believe everything has a time and place - in a literal sense when it comes to your bedroom. You thrive when you know exactly where everything is and find it relaxing when you organise your space. Your room is tidy and sharp with no unnecessary items. All your objects have a home from your key bowl to your shoe rack, in just the same way compartmentalise your thoughts. Having sufficient storage is important for maintaining emotional balance, and there's nothing worse than mismatching furniture or clutter. You'll want to invest in a few minimalist boxes for all your bits and bobs (that you will obviously organise into categories), a desk organiser, shelves, draws - the works! This will help you to feel in control of your space and stop it from becoming messy.
An understated utopia
Your bedroom is exactly that for you - a room where you sleep. Yes, you get dressed and maybe do ~other things~ there as well - but essentially it's just a room to you. You're not invested in making it your cosy den, or too bothered if it gets messy from time to time - you're too busy living it up in the outside world to overly care! You should keep your room understated, even just a bed and beside tables with a lamp would suffice, as long as you have storage as well. Save money on lavish decoration for having fun outside - but don't forget to put those clothes away every once in a while!