Decorating My Bedroom With a Minimalist, Industrial Feel

The inside of a home tells many stories. It represents people, whether, through pictures on the walls, an antique rug passed down for generations or even a simple coffee table. Decor, at its heart, shows the memories and style of a home and the people living there. Decor is foremost a snapshot in time, where style can change, but where it all comes together to reflect a family.

minimalist bedroom layout

Decor creates and sustains memories. My grandfather and my grandmother bought a house three years before he passed away. Even though I am miles away, I can close my mind and picture every piece of furniture in her living room. Two dark green couches from the late 1980s with gold and red threaded through the fabric set off the space. These are where my cousins and I would sit at Christmas time. Heavy dark wood side tables proudly display my grandfather’s picture and two lamps my grandmother received from her mother, A hexagonal wooden coffee table that my grandmother brought with her from the Bahamas rests in the center of the room, immovable. Two white and blue-striped side chairs stand against the wall, and I can recall my brother and father sitting in them, sharing authentic moments of laughter and joy. All these positive memories help sustain the few memories I have my grandfather. I remember him in this place. I can remember past his hospice bed that was set up in the very same living room, and I can feel his presence in these pieces that meant something to him and continue to mean something to me.

Decor resembles the style of a family. Every home in America features one element that is unique to the family that lives there. For some, it could be a dramatic paint color, while for others, it could be the beloved couch where everyone gathers for movie night. It could be as simple as the family portrait hanging in the front hall. Every family is different, but each one uses decor to express themselves. Traditional or modern, cozy or bold, big or small – all these adjectives that society uses to describe decor actually depict what a family values most in their home. Before critics dismiss the value of investing in pieces for one’s house, they must realize the importance of a family committing to their vision for their place in this world.



Decor is a snapshot in time. It captures a moment in a family’s life unlike anything else. Tastes and styles change, but a personality of a family comes through in decor choices. When my brother and I were young, the family room was filled to the brim with our toys. Our father had a brown corduroy recliner that squeaked and groaned every time he rocked in it. My mother sat on our green leather sofa, watching us play. The old television set perched on a black stand that my parents bought at a warehouse store on clearance. The bright white walls contrasted with the gray tile, and I can still remember the ugly old blue shag rug lying in front of the fireplace. Here and there, a few decorative pieces proudly displayed our Swedish heritage from my mom’s side of the family and our baby pictures adorned the walls. Now, my brother and I have long since moved out when we were looking for area rugs in Worcester MA.

My parents were left with a lot of open space in their house. My father is medically retired, and my mother is a part-time registered nurse, so they both spend a good amount of time at home. The house has modernized. A Danish-modern entertainment center that my mom saved up for stores the flat screen television and various DVDs. The green leather couch is still there and features bright blue throw pillows, although my mother has said that she plans to give it away soon. My dad’s recliner is now brown leather, and it never squeaks or groans. Along with my mother’s purchases of more Swedish decorative pieces, my dad has even incorporated his metal sculptures into space, projects of his retirement and his creativity. New pictures of Michael and me weave throughout the space, but the baby pictures are still there too. All these details of decor tell a story. Earlier, we were a young family where the kids were at the heart and saving money was a necessity. Now, my parents are putting more importance on their personal tastes, but my brother and I are still represented in the space, even though we are many miles and states away.

Decorating My Home For Mental Health

white home decor

Décor is one of the most exciting and mentally important parts of college, in my opinion. Both of the times I moved into college, I was so excited to move in just so I could decorate my room. I constantly find myself redecorating my room just to keep it new and exciting. I also believe that décor plays a strong role in mental health. I have found that by filling your room with things that make you happy, your mental health will be much stronger. College is stressful enough on its own, so having happy things surrounding you is an important and easy way to keep your mental health up. I simply printed out pictures and hung them up around my room, and I always find myself looking at them and laughing at the story behind them. Anytime I am stressed or upset, I just look around my room and reminisce on the memories with my friends, and it helps me to feel better.

How Interior Design Impacts Mood

However, you have to be careful to not over-decorate your room. Having an overly decorated room can make you feel overwhelmed, and can result in additional stress. When I first moved into college, I brought more decorations than I had room for, so when I put them all up, there was no empty space on my walls, and it was just too overwhelming, so I had to take some decorations down. One of my favorite things to do is decorate my living room for each season and holiday. In the fall, my roommates and I bought strings of leaves to hang around our windows, and a fall vase to fill with a bouquet of orange flowers and leaves. For Halloween, we decorated with paper skeletons, pumpkins, and ghosts. For Christmas, we replaced the leaves around the windows with snowflakes, and the fallen vase with snowmen, and a Christmas tree. Overall, décor is important because it can help to improve mental health, and also keeps my room new and exciting. Dorm rooms tend to be very bland and plain, but with the décor I have, my mental health is great and my room is exciting!

Home decor matters because it is what gives anything character. Every time that I have moved into a new place, the first thing I do is decorate so I know where to place my furniture. Before my grandmother passed away, that is how we spent our time, decorating. She even let me paint one of her extra bedrooms and decorate the entire thing. She always told me that without the decor, you don’t have a room, it is only wasted space. Now every time my friends move, they ask me to help them decorate and it has become an art to me. Decor brings the warm, cozy, homey feeling. Without blank walls and floors, I don’t feel at home.