Your room is your space, and in college, it’s your only space. It’s where you start and end your day, and it’s your only place to have some true alone-time. We all know that our rooms affect our mood. Candles, oil diffusers, and succulents have gained popularity among the 20-something age group and are finding their way into our bedrooms. But why? What can you do to truly turn your room into your happy place? It isn’t about spending a lot of money on furniture or decorations. In fact, some of the things that can make your space the best cost nearly nothing. What truly influences your room is what you hear, smell, touch, and see while relaxing in it. 

What you hear…

Music is a mood-setter, and having some type of speaker in your room is a game-changer. Curate morning playlists that get you excited to start the day or calming playlists for when you’re relaxing in bed. I recommend the Wonderboom, a small, but mighty speaker with great sound quality. And if you’re someone who prefers to have noise while you sleep or study, fans and white noise machines are also options. 

What you smell…

Candles, oil diffusers, and incense are the key to a fresh smelling space. Oil diffusers come in all shapes and sizes, and all they require are some water and a few drops of an oil of your choice. I personally use this diffuser, and love to add oils like lavender, lilac, rose, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and peppermint. And if you’re off-campus, candles and incense are great for both lighting and scent purposes – just don’t forget to blow them out before you leave.

What you touch…

Your bed is the most essential aspect of your room, and investing in good bedding is everything. Opt for a fluffy down comforter and style it with a duvet. Investing in a comfortable mattress will also make a huge difference, check out Casper for some options. Fun throw blankets and decorative pillows can add color and comfort as well. Other than making your bed more comfortable, adding a rug can add warmth and personality to your room – not to mention it can cover those gross dorm room carpets we all hate.

What you see…

Less can be more when it comes to the decorative details: quality over quantity. Cluttered walls filled with posters of celeb crushes are a thing of the past, but having a few personalized items on your wall and around your room can make your space feel like home and bring it all together. Maybe that’s a print of your favorite band, a scratch-off map, string lights, fun mirrors, or photos from home. Don’t be afraid to get creative; you can get your photos printed in squares and create a wall collage, or browse sites like Etsy for cool handmade items. Himalayan salt lamps are also big right now and can add warm lighting for the evening hours. 

You are in charge of the space you create, and making your room a place where you feel happy and comfortable is important. Tricks like putting away ten items every morning or night, avoiding doing the bulk of your schoolwork in bed, and decluttering are physical acts that can translate into feeling better emotionally. We spend most of our time in our rooms, so if you are in a negative headspace and your room is only adding to that – it’s time to make a change. Ultimately, your room should be your happy space, and what you hear, smell, touch, and see, all contributeto making that a reality.

COVER PHOTO: Justin Haber 

Julia Liquori

About Julia Liquori

Julia Liquori is an English and Marketing major who wishes she could live at the beach all year long. She is a self-claimed extrovert who loves being around people, whether it’s at The Boot or in a workout class.