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Zen and tidy living is a priority for modern-day students

Zen and tidy living is a priority for modern-day students

Yes, we have to confess, we were surprised too…

‘Tidiness’ and ‘students’ aren’t generally two words that we would naturally connect together in a word game. It’s not so much that students are intrinsically messy, but, with so much fun to be had, cleaning doesn’t always make it high up on the to-do list.

Well, it certainly didn’t when we were at university – and honestly, it wasn’t that long ago… I’m a pretty tidy person (always have been – at the age of four, I was known to make my own bed without being asked to). However, while I didn’t live in a dirty pit at university, I definitely did forget about the
studcleaning. Other things – namely friends and fun, oh and studying of course – were on my mind.

But times are changing. According to a survey by Mystudenthalls.com, 55% of students like to keep their halls ‘calm, minimal, Zen and spotless’. Meanwhile, only 15% conform to the stereotype of a scruffy person surrounded by unwashed coffee mugs.

Admittedly, working is easier in a tidy space. And perhaps it’s because of whopping £9,000 tuition fees that students are taking things more seriously. With nights out in bars and clubs being so expensive as well, it’s no wonder that students are hanging out at home.

What they do splurge on, it seems, is their accommodation. According to the same research, 70% of those surveyed were prepared to spend money on decorating their rooms, with anything from fridges and sofas to silk sheets (whatever happened to a poly-cotton mix?).

Past generations might have preferred a sweaty dance floor to luxurious bedding, but today’s student is tidy, super diligent and an interiors whizz – goodness me, it’s a whole new world!


Hollywood Style to Your Home

Hollywood Style to Your Home

 Stylist Ashley Pratt on how to add a Hollywood touch to your home


Wes Anderson’s bold use of pink in The Grand Budapest Hotel was without a doubt a standout feature of the film.

1460074015709_InternfinalTo introduce this look in your home, try painting just a hallway or a powder room so as not to overwhelm.

Keep the shade crisp and clean and accessorise with black and brown furniture to smarten up the look. Anything white or pale in colour will give the space a doll’s house look.


The matching floral bedspread, curtains and desk chair were eye-catching in the film Midnight in Paris.

While this look can fell quite dowdy and old fashioned there are ways to modernise it.

Firstly stick to a monochrome floral with a large scale print. You can then add contrast through more graphic upholstery, solid blacks and a touch of gold for sophistication.


Production Designer Catherine Martin set the tone for The Great Gatsby with use of subtle textures, delicate fabrics and soft colours all of which were reflected in the art throughout the film.

Try this at home by mirroring the colours and textures of a favourite painting through your furniture and soft furnishings.

Artwork can bring a room to life, even more so when it enhances the rest of the features.


A home office can be one of the most important rooms in a house, especially when it is needed to spark creativity.

Try your hand at styling this space by giving it an industrial feel like that inThe Intern.

Start with a sleek desk, a bold rug and a statement pendant light. Add fresh flowers or plants, designer desk accessories and a sweet smelling candle to give the space a cosy, inspiring feel.


Taking inspiration from the homes of your favourite characters is a fun alternative form of inspiration but its important to be mindful that they are movie sets and recreating them in their entirety might feel too staged and overwhelming.

Instead pick and choose just a few of your favourite elements from a scene to bring the film to life in your own home.