Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Top Marks for Style ; New Students Need Smart New Spaces to Study and Socialise. GABRIELLE FAGAN Checks out Campus Chic

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Top Marks for Style ; New Students Need Smart New Spaces to Study and Socialise. GABRIELLE FAGAN Checks out Campus Chic

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IT probably seems as though the years have flown - only a short while ago your little one was starting school and now that same youngster is leaving for college and looking forward to living independently.

Although your pocket and your heart may already have taken a battering as they excitedly prepare to leave the nest, you still have to perform one important last parental duty before you say goodbye - settling them into their new room.

"While moving into student accommodation is one of the most exciting life experiences, leaving home comforts behind as they step into a stark, empty room can be a bit of a reality check," says Claire Hornby, creative stylist at Barker & Stonehouse.

"Of course, primarily it's about turning it into an attractive place to relax and study, but quickly ensuring it's a real haven can really help settle a youngster's first day nerves, as well as making parents feel better about the parting."

You'll pass the parental test with flying colours if you leave them happily ensconced in a room that's so well kitted out, other students will flock to it...

STRIKE A LIGHT OVERHEAD lights alone strip a room of atmosphere, so lamps are an essential.

A plug socket and extension lead can be handy in case there's a shortage of wall sockets, but ensure it's not overloaded and check it's permitted.

What could be more appropriate than a red wooden pencil lamp? This one is Pounds 45, by designer Ben de Lisi for Debenhams (www.debenhams.com).

SPRAY STYLE GIVE old wooden box files and desk tidies a new lease of life by spray painting them.

PlastiKote Twist & Spray Paint, Pounds 8.79 a can, comes in over 40 colours and finishes and is available from Hobbycraft, The Range, Wilkinsons and independent DIY stores (www.plastikote.com or call 0844 736 2235).

Alternatively, raid Ikea for purse-friendly decor, which has Kassett magazine files, Pounds 3. …

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