It’s that time of year! Both eager and not-so-eager students are returning to their college dorm rooms to settle in for a new school year. Even students need a place to relax and recharge in between tackling new curricula and part-time jobs, right? Our visual environments affect how we feel, even how well we are able to face each new day. With tuition and books to pay for, few people have a huge budget for designing a dorm room. But there’s no reason a college dorm room can’t be just as inviting as a room in your own home, and it can be if you incorporate a few important items. Here are some ideas that might help.
Great bedding is the number one focal point in a small dorm room. Forget the boring, solid comforters and choose a colorful pattern that you love, like this beautiful set from World Market:
The bedding will help establish your color palette for the space. At that point, it’s easier to choose other items to coordinate – including pillows, rugs, and art. If your college dorm room is the typical square box, choose a round or square rug to best fit the space.
Of course, it’s essential that you create a great place to work and study. A spare parson’s desk and a colorful desk lamp are fresh additions to a small dorm room.
Storage is of utmost importance in a small space, and you need ideas for places to stash your books and stack your sweaters. Simple but sturdy bookcases (like the Expedit model from IKEA) and similar storage units that go vertical will help you maximize the space you have. Square and rectangular baskets from Michaels, The Container Store, or IKEA can corral smaller items and things you don’t want visible all the time. A corkboard or chalkboard will help you stay organized and keep your to-do tasks right in front of you.
Don’t forget to incorporate some playful art to draw your eye up, away from the often-messy floor. Art like this from Target on a canvas-wrapped frame is inexpensive and light-weight, making it perfect for a dorm room.
Finally, you will need to have a few cleaning supplies handy since your mother will no longer be cleaning your room! You might want to pick up a colorful dust buster to make your chores less dull:
If you keep your overall color scheme cohesive, your college dorm room can be a truly fabulous home away from home. Just choose wisely. There are lots of inexpensive options that can give you a designer look without blowing your budget!
What are your favorite ideas for making a college dorm room feel like something special?