When students go to college for the first time, they suddenly have a chance to decorate their own space to their wants. While this is a lot of fun, all the options can be a little overwhelming. Do students want to depend on modern design? Minimalism? High-tech design?
Each of these designs has different appeal to different students. The first step to finding out which of these designs would work for you is to learn what each one is and how it is demonstrated in interior design.
Why Is Room Design Important?
We often underestimate the passive benefits of a well-designed room that fits the student’s personality and lifestyle. As this is where they will be spending most of their time while studying, writing essays or putting together a reading list thus it is important to feel comfortable while doing so. When a room has a well-organized study corner it becomes much easier to get academic work done faster while also having the necessary space to rest afterward.
What is Modern Design?
First, what type of design is modern design? While students might think that this is a trend of the most recent interior designs, it is actually a design style that was born at the turn of the 20th century.
Modern design takes its cue from German and Scandinavian design and as such tries to stay simple. In other words, it avoids unnecessary decor and detail. It doesn’t lend itself to taking up more room than is necessary.
How to Utilize Modern Design
Modern design is usually displayed through the use of natural materials or earthy tones. The goal here is for a student to not overindulge in their design choices but keep their environment warm and inviting.
It’s also important for students to use decor with clean lines rather than rounded edges and curves. The use of reflective surfaces – not only mirrors but decor items of chrome or glass – not only fit with modern design but can make a small room feel larger.
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is a design that is fairly recent – it can be traced back to around the 1960s. Recently, it has seen a drastic rise in popularity. This form of design depends on straight lines and not using more space than necessary. While this might sound like modern design, it depends on the “less is more” philosophy in a more contemporary way.
Many think that this means that minimalism has a more industrial or colder appearance than modern design. However, this isn’t exactly true.
How to Utilize Minimalism
The first rule of minimalism is to avoid anything that you don’t need. Much like modern design, it’s important to depend on straight, clean lines.
Where modern design depends on neutral tones, minimalism uses a monochromatic palette included whites, black, and grays. This is usually broken up by bright colors in the form of an accent such as a throw pillow or blanket or an art piece.
What is High-Tech Design?
While minimalism and modern design are rather similar, high-tech design is very different. First and foremost, it is dependent on what technology is used in the student’s space rather than depending on the color of the bedspread they use.
How to Utilize High-Tech Design
High-tech design is rather costly compared to the versatility of cost in minimalism and modern design. This is, of course, because the student is buying technology. This might include a computer with multiple screens on a dorm desk or it might go even further.
With devices such as the Amazon Echo, “smart” items, and more, student’s can choose a simple high-tech design or they can create their room into a space where technology helps them constantly.
When designing a room as a student, it’s important to consider what is important to you. Personal preference should be at the forefront of a student’s decor decisions. Minimalism, high-tech, and modern design are guidelines to create the room of your dreams rather than set rules you have to follow.