By Alyssa Clough

Published on February 9, 2016

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Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

cheap sheets

Your bed is your sanctuary. Investing in nice sheets will make sliding into bed each night that much more enjoyable. Buy all the plush pillows, silk pillowcases, and luxurious throw blankets you want. You’ve always heard that your bed is the one place you’ll want to splurge–and it’s true. 

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Photography by BROOKE HOLM

empty walls

Wall space in your bedroom is the perfect opportunity to create a space that screams YOU. Whether it’s pictures of family or friends making amazing memories, quotes that speak to you, or prints that reflect your taste, get something on your walls!

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

too much clutter

We’re all guilty of going over the top and buying things we don’t really need—or worse, letting papers stack up. If something in your room is nonessential or looks messy, get rid of it. 

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Photography by LUKE EDWARD HALL

harsh lighting

Most rented apartments come clad with harsh, department store lighting. Change the lightbulbs if you can, or bring in floor and table lamps to warm up your space. It will feel more inviting and cozy. 

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Photography by SARA & RICH COMBS

no windows

Having no windows—or windows that don’t get a ton of natural light—is a bummer. While you can’t add windows to your bedroom (we wish), you can try to make the most of what you have. Hang your curtains correctly, maximize the amount of natural light you let in, and refer to the previous slide.

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Photography by @weworewhat

not enough closet space

“Too much is never enough” is a phrase that definitely applies to closet space. No matter how much we have, we always want more. And more often than not, we don’t have enough to begin with. Maximize the closet space you do have with these tricks and don’t be afraid to pull a Carrie from SATC and store your shoes (or other clothing) in odd places like kitchen cabinets or book shelves.

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK

doesn’t reflect your current life

Your room should be one giant reflection of you and your taste. If your bedroom is made up of a hodge podge of furniture, art that doesn’t resonate with you anymore, or bedding that feels SO two years ago, update it. Small changes can make a difference—and making big changes is always fun.