Decorating a dorm room is one of the most exciting parts of moving into college. This is your chance to make this blank canvas your own! Be creative with your design choices while being conscious of not going over the top. Your dorm room is an extension of your personality so have fun with it!
Choose a theme for your room
First, envision the perfect dorm room and make a must have list of all the items you need inside. Think about how each item in the room will work together. Layout it out by drawing a quick sketch of your room. Be sure to draw your new dorm room and any potential furniture to scale before making any unfortunate buying decisions. Don’t forget that you are sticking to a cohesive theme throughout your dorm room. Aimlessly adding random decor and mixing up too many design choices will result in a cluttered and disconnected room. Remember to stay organized, make a plan and always measure!
Here are fun ways to easily enhance your dorm room’s look:
- Add color by hanging a spirited tapestry on your favorite wall.
- Be original and dangle your pictures on a string for a unique look.
- Get creative by arranging your personal photos into fun letters and standout shapes.
- Reflect with unique accent mirrors (a college must have!) to create the illusion of extra space.
- Add your finishing touches with expressive paintings and over the top pillows!
Your dorm room design is already starting to take shape!
Add a cozy rug.
The flooring in dorm rooms are basic and unpleasing. By adding a rug your nicely themed room goes from unfinished to perfection. Don’t forget dorm room floors are naturally very cold. Find a dorm room rug that keeps your feet warm and enhances your design theme! Adding a rug will pull together the entire room. Go ahead, kick off your shoes! By adding your favorite rug you’ve completed your flawless dorm room.
Creating your dorm room does not have to be stressful! Research and find the right items and piece them all together. Now that your dorm room is finally complete you can sit back and relax!
Choose your comforter. The ultimate dorm room essential.
Figuring out where to start can be a bit overwhelming! We suggest starting with your comforter because your bed will be the largest focal point of your new dorm room. Remember that your comforter is the main centerpiece therefore you must pick a comforter you truly love. Using your comforter for inspiration will allow you to easily choose a color palette and design direction. College is about finding yourself, so find a comforter that stands out! Love vibrant colors and modern design? Find a brighter, geometric comforter!
Organization is key!
Dorm rooms are tight and do not leave a lot of room for personal space. You need to stay organized! Doubling up on your storage is a great idea. If you find your storage units to be ugly decorate them. Paint your storage units so they match the theme of your dorm room. If you don’t want to paint them dress them up by wrapping colorful or patterned paper around them. Other students on your floor will commend you on your creativity (and maybe even be a little jealous)!