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).
Step 3: Add Some Curtains to Your Life...
Whether or not your room has a window, use curtains (or blinds) to help add character to your space. Curtains can help hide problem areas (blank walls, door-less closets, etc.) and provide a sense of privacy (around beds), while blinds will effectively keep unwanted sunshine at bay. Again, stick with your color-scheme that you've established in the first two steps. The more that the colors complement each other, the more visually pleasing the aesthetic will be.
Step 4: From the Window, to the Walls...
Empty wall space is the perfect medium for collages, pictures, paintings, and pretty much anything that can be (safely) hung up. Decorating wall space doesn't necessarily call for as much color-coordination as the previous steps do--so let loose! From the minimalist perspective to the completely-covered approach, there is no wrong way to personalize your side of the dorm room walls.