Thursday, October 16, 2014

Decorating without Damaging!

A few weeks ago I posted about some smart storage solutions to keep your room organized. Now it's time to decorate. We all know Ludlow has some guidelines when it comes to how you chose to decorate your room, and the biggest one concerns preventing residents from damaging the integrity of the walls for future guests. So this week's challenge is to find some cheap, easy and cute ways to spice up your white walls without nails!

1) First up is Washi tape! Now if you've yet to jump on the washi tape band wagon or even worse, don't know what it is, let me enlighten you. Washi tape is a decorative japanese paper tape, kind of like mashing tape, that you can put on...well just about everything. The best part is it's totally removable! It's a great way to add some temporary patten to your room. The internet is full of a plethora of ways to utilize this great product but here are some of my favorites.  (You can find a great selection of tape here)

2) Paint chips! Not only are these colorful, but they're FREE! Home Depot has a plethora of colors and finishes to pick from and they're surprisingly versatile! Use them in their original square format or grab a hole punch and mix it up!

PS: If you ever have to buy Color-aid for a class, pick up some paint chips instead! There are actually more colors and finishes available, and they're sturdier making them easier to work with!

3) A great trick for personalizing large blank walls is utilizing SVA's DIC which has an awesome machine called the Zoomer which is basically a huge photocopier! It's an amazing resource for making large prints on the cheap. You can blow up some photos of you and your family and friends or some nice scenic shots to help create your own personal oasis. You can also order these from staples if you don't want to lug them around. The Library of Congress has a great digital database of some amazing photographs from throughout the years if you're interested in some vintage photos. 

Finally I'm gonna do a little plug for an upcoming event! Another great way to decorate is by DIYing some straw mobiles!  Come hang out in the community room and create some sweet decorations to help personalize your space!  - RA Charlotte

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