Make the most of your living space

You’re sitting at your desk blankly staring at the utterly dull look of your room. Nothing seems to appeal to you, not even the picture of your favorite recording artist on the wall. And the cost of decorating goes beyond your college student budget.

But there is a way to redecorate your apartment for a small amount of money, all it takes is time and patience.

Chaquita Watson, a 20-year-old junior psychology student from Brooklyn, N.Y. decorated her bedroom for about $300. Watson said she shopped at stores like Kirkland’s, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s to achieve a look she calls “New York Parisian.”

Stores like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s usually have a variety of home décor for cheap prices. TJ Maxx has twin sheet sets starting at $14.99 and extra long sheet sets for dorm room beds for about $24.99. To add flair to your bed, accent it with throw pillows or colorful sheets. TJ Maxx also has peacock feather candleholders that price for $12.99.

Target has a special section dedicated to dorm room shopping. The price of bed sheets ranges from about $11.99 to $49.99. Shoppers can choose from bed sheets with contrasting stripes or one-toned sheets with vibrant colors such as fuchsia, tangerine or lemon. The sheets are also offered in white, blue, sand and merlot. You can add flamboyance to your newly decorated bed with the addition of faux-mink or crocheted denim accent pillows.

To add a little bit of uniqueness to your room, you can also find a rosy red beanbag lounger at Target for about $29.99. It is a great accessory for any room and functional for reading, watching TV or just relaxing.

Target also has great deals on bath coordinates. You can mix and match bathroom rugs, towels, shower curtains or counter accessories for the ultimate look you are trying to achieve.

To accentuate your walls, you can choose from a wide selection of shelves, clocks or picture frames.

If mixing and matching colors does not interest you, you can go for a themed room just as Kayona Jones did.

Jones, a 19-year-old sophomore nursing student from Melbourne, decorated her room in an Asian theme. She shopped at stores like Linens N’ Things, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Pier 1 Imports. Jones chose the Asian style mixed with a bit of intimacy “to be different,” and admits that her favorite part of her room is her bed.

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