Decorating When You Still Live at Home

With statistics showing that more of us than ever are staying at home and living with our parents longer, it’s not surprising that people are wanting to put more a stamp on the spaces they call home.

I personally still live at home with my parents as I’m saving to buy my own home. I’m very fortunate that my parents don’t charge me dig money, and so without the pressures of paying rent every month I can put money aside and still have some spending money to enjoy my 20’s.

Even so, the cost of a house deposit is no small thing, and it’s still going to take some time before I’m ready to fly the nest. In the mean time, I’ve set about making my bedroom as much of a personal haven as I can, decorating it and styling it in a way that is functional and pleasing to me.

It’s my home for now, why wouldn’t I want it to be somewhere I want to spend time?

Get Permission

Sweet Dreams Artwork above Bed

The first thing you should do before you whack out the paint brushes and hammering things into walls is ask your parents or the homeowners permission about what you can and cannot do. As irritating as it is to admit, your bedroom is still a room in their house, and they do still have the final say over what major changes you can make to a space. Unfortunately.

For example, my Dad has a thing about putting things on walls and so, despite the fact that it would allow me to maximise the space in my room, I’m not allowed to put up any floating shelves.

I’ve managed to get around it with pictures etc by using those Command Hanging Strips. You do have to be very careful when removing them or they will still damage the paint work, but that is still easier to fix than a hole in the wall. Image via

Start Small

LaRedoute Pink Linen Bedding

I know the temptation is to go all in guns blazing, throwing Dulux at the walls and ripping up the carpet with abandon, but just hold your horses. All that’s likely to happen with that tactic is you make rush decisions, spend a lot of money, and then end up hating it and having to change it all again anyway. 

My advice to you would be to take it slow. Start small, and just change one little thing at a time.

Still sleep with your cringey, childhood bedding? Why not embrace the treat yo’ self mentalitly and purchase some luxury bed linen in a fabric and colour you love. Go bougie and surround yourself in cotton and linen from companies such as H&M, DUSK and IKEA. Image via LaRedoute

Get Creative with Your Space

West Elm Small Desk

As we grow older our childhood bedroom has to take on more and more roles in our lives beyond being the place where we sleep. My bedroom also doubles as an office/ work space, my personal living space, and a dressing room.

Much as we’d like it to, unless you’re very lucky, our bedroom space doesn’t tend to grow as its responsibilities do, and so we need to get creative with our use of the space.

Through the use of cushions and blankets my bed doubles up as my place to coorie in and watch TV. My desk, subtly tucked into a nook between my drawers and parent’s bookcase, doubles as a vanity and dressing table. 

In getting creative with what your things can do, you can really maximise all that your space can do for you. Image via West Elm

Add Some Green Things

Green Plants in a Bedrom

I can’t for the life of me remember where, but I once read that a general rule in Interior Design is that if you feel like something is missing, it’s probably green.

Bringing the outdoors in can be a great way to improve your well being and enhance your living space. There’s plenty of advice online about which plants will thrive best in your bedroom and how to keep them alive.

If, however, you’re like me and seem to have the green fingers of death, you can still achieve the look with fake greenery. IKEA has a great range of ‘fairly’ realistic looking greens and flowers to choose from. I have a fake trailing ivy in a basket hanging above my bed, and it’s probably my favourite design detail in my bedroom. Image via


West Elm Bedroom

Declutter. Declutter. Please, for the love of God, declutter.

If you are anything like me, you have lived in the same bedroom your entire life. For me, that’s 23 years of shite accumulated in one room. It’s a lot. Especially if you’re a bit of a sentimental hoarder like me.

At the start of this year I made a concious decision to start sorting through my stuff and declutter, clean and clear my personal space. A mass clear out in January sparked comments from my parents such as “have you got anything left?” and “another bin bag?!”.

Yes, and yes. I actually still have a long way to go in clearing out my bedroom, but after that first major incident my bedroom has already become a much nicer place to spend my time.

Think about it, can you really grow and evolve into the strong and wonderful adult you want to become surrounded by everything that made you as a child?

Image via West Elm

The most important thing to remember when decorating your space when you live at home is this: it may not be where you want to be forever, but its where you are for now. Make it your home as much as your parents, and make it a place you want to be.

I’m curious as to how many of you guys still live at home and if so, how do you make it feel like it’s as much your home as your parents as you’ve grown up? Come chat with me on Instagram.


Feature Image via The Everygirl

Decorating Your Space When You Still Live at Home with your Parents