Going to college for the first time can be exciting. You can’t wait to meet new people from all over the country and even from the world. And you will live alone, independently and possibly far from family and friends. But no matter how independent and liberated you feel, sometimes you miss home, its amenities, and the people who made you feel safe. However, when you get to your bedroom, it’s also a blank canvas. Fortunately, there are ways to remind you of coming home and all the people you love by adding a few decorative and homey touches to your bedroom space. So if you’re missing out on getting home, here are eight ways to spice up your dwelling and make it feel right at home. #1 Scented fall scented candles bring back all kinds of memories. So what better way to spice up your bedroom than with a few candles? (As long as it is allowed inside your residence, of course). If you’re missing fall at home, along with the aromas of Grandma’s delicious cooking and the pumpkin patch you’re visiting with your family just before Halloween, don’t worry—there’s a candle for that! Check out Grandma’s Kitchen Candle that smells just like warm, fresh apple pie straight from the oven. Does your condo have a no-candle policy? Then use a reed diffuser instead. Pumpkin diffuser will make you feel like coming home carving pumpkins and drinking hot cider with your friends. #2 Find words and things that inspire and comfort you. It could be a quote from one of your favorite books or a picture that lifts spirits and brightens your day. Think of words that describe how you want your bedroom to feel and use them as inspiration for decorating. When humidifying your bedroom, it’s OK to get involved in the latest design trends and colors, but make sure that the general mood and ambiance brings you comfort and makes you feel at home too. Also, when doing this, make sure your rooms have a say in it as well. #3 Make a luxurious bed for deep sleep Source: fizkes / Shutterstock.com The average adult needs eight hours of sleep every night. But as a freshman college student, getting a good sleep is a real struggle. However, sleep is vital to your overall physical and mental health, helping you fight fatigue and illnesses, so getting a proper bed is essential for your bedroom. In other words, make your bed as comfortable as it was at home, with soft, breathable sheets and a comfortable pillow that holds your neck perfectly. If your college mattress is too hard and stiff, add a pillow top or an egg-foam coverlet to add some softness to your sleep. Finally, don’t forget to dress up your college dorm bed with decorative pillows and comfortable throws from your room at home. The melancholy will resist homesickness. #4 Add a Warm Floor to a Cold Floor Nothing says a sterile bedroom quite like concrete or linoleum floors. So, instead of jumping out of bed and landing on a cold floor every morning, roll out a rug or two. Keep a rug right under the bed to add a warm, soft layer to feet when crawling into bed each night. You can also add a thick, luxurious bath rug outside the shower as well. Find out if your roommate wants to step on a larger rug that provides a foundation for the space and makes you both feel more comfortable. #5 Decorating your walls with bedroom walls can be a little outdated. Fortunately, hanging pictures, art, and decor can really make a bedroom pop. But while it’s easy to throw in a poster or two and name it a day, try to make your wall space look more cool. Hang a flag from your state or country and some pictures of siblings and best friends. Decorate your walls with memories and things that remind you of home, along with some colorful decor to liven up the space. Do you hail from the New England coast? Download images of autumn leaves transforming in your favorite garden. Settling out of sunny California? Hang some macrame boho plant stands with succulents to remind you of home. #6 Get a comfy chair for more informal space Source: WichitS/Shutterstock.com Chances are, you’re sitting all day on a hard chair during classes. So when you return to your lodgings, give yourself a place to relax and unwind (this is not your bed). While it is essential to have an office chair that provides good lower back support when you need to study, set aside a corner of the room for relaxation. Find a comfortable chair that invites you to relax with reading material and listening to music to decompress and relax. Not sure where to find a chair around campus? Keep an eye out for tag sales and yard sales, or simply visit your local thrift store. If you have a chair from your room at home, even better! Put a throw on your arm or back to make the chair more welcoming to you, new friends and bedroom guests. #7 Use a light therapy alarm clock Once daylight saving time kicks in and the days get shorter, getting sunlight becomes more complicated—especially if you study all day. But instead of slipping into seasonal affective disorder, get a light therapy device that simulates a sunrise and helps you get out of bed each morning with bright eyes and a bushy tail. Capable of setting multiple timers, it can slowly wake you up in the morning and even greet you when you arrive at the dorm late at night after your study group. #8 Stream Music Songs can bring back a lot of memories and even relax after a long day. So, if you miss fall at home and your best friends, share a playlist on Spotify or whatever music streaming app you use and listen to wherever you want to relax or simply miss hanging out. Also consider making playlists for different activities, such as studying, partying, playing sports, or just relaxing in the garden.