Ah, college dorms. Those cozy, cell-sized rooms that give you the independence you've longed for since high school, and the close quarters you've been avoiding since your last class field-trip. Thanks to their sparse interiors, dorm rooms offer students a blank slate, a veritable invitation to insert personality and pizzazz. Make sure that you and your future roommate are on the same design page, then read on for a breakdown of how to take your dorm from drab to fab!
Step 1: Choose your bedding wisely...
Let's be honest; if you're not fortunate enough to have a window in your dorm room, the beds will become the main focal point. Aside from sleeping, studying, and skipping class in the sack, it's likely that beds will also provide additional seating and storage. Suffice to say, picking the right bedding is a key move. The patterns, colors, and throw-pillow options are endless, so find a style that speaks to you (and rock it!).
Step 2: Take it to the floor!
Never underestimate the decorative power of an area rug! Once you have comfortably settled on a color-theme (thanks to having selected your bedding) reflect the trend in various accent pieces around the room--beginning with the floor. Not only will a rug look nice, but it will help keep your feet warm (if you have linoleum floors) and your floors clean (by catching dirt off of wandering shoes). Rugs will also help avoid excessive wear in high-traffic areas. If you don't know the dimensions of your room, hold off on this step until you can confirm the size of your living quarters (otherwise, err on the side of caution and buy smaller vs. larger).