College dorms; we’ve all heard the horror stories. Room mates from strange planets like West Virginia and Beverly Hills, bunk beds with oddly colored stains, and who could forget… *shudder* communal bathrooms... College a strange, scary place, but your dorm room doesn’t have to be!
These 10 tips will get you started on your new home!
1. Choose a theme. It could be a pattern, a color, or even your favorite celeb/animal/character, but you have to choose one and stick with it, or you run the risk of a disjointed and chaotic atmosphere. No one wants that. Also, if you are planning on picking a roommate, make sure to talk to them about your theme. You don’t have to agree, necessarily, but if she chooses neon yellow and you choose oxblood then it might feel overwhelming.
2. Decorate in stages. It’s hard to say exactly how much room you’ll have, so start with the basics. Comforters, desk lamps, and other practical items should come first. You never know what your room mate will show up with, so if you can’t plan beforehand, just deal with basics for the first few weeks. You can do without the flat screen TV and mini fridge for a month, right? You might even find that you don’t need those things after all.
3. You don’t have to buy everything new. Even if you don’t plan on keeping the same theme your current bedroom has, there might still be something useable in your room now. College is expensive, and a little thriftiness now could save you big bucks in a few years.
4. Bring something that reminds you of home. A stuffed animal, a scrapbook, or a box of old ticket stubs and birthday cards could add a touch of charm to the otherwise sterile environment. Taping up pictures might not be allowed, and picture frames take up valuable desk space but if you have a chance to use that kind of thing, do it. You might not believe iit now, but you will be surprised by how much you miss your family and friends after a while.
5. The best things in life are free. So are the best decorations! Homemade containers for things like pencils and jewelry not only provide cheap alternatives to store prices, but also offer chances to incorporate personal details and those memories of home mentioned earlier.
6. Windows are your friend. Every dorm I’ve ever seen includes a window; yours probably will too. Make that window the highlight of your room. Even if hanging curtains isn’t a possibility, dream catchers and window stickers can be changed to match the seasons or even just your mood. Just try not to block out the sunlight entirely!
7. Become a Space Engineer. It’s not rocket science, people – optimize the space you have, and you won’t have to worry about how small your dorm room is. Under the bed storage is handy, and some schools allow bed risers to make more room for it. Your closet isn’t just for clothes, either: use the floor for things that don’t need to be out in the open.
8. Keep it unique. Yes, that magazine cover room looks fantastic, but if it isn’t your style, then what’s the point? Make sure you aren’t just getting things that are trendy. You, yes YOU, should also like each and every component of your dorm. You will be stuck with it for a while, after all!
9. Go green. Plant life not only brightens your room considerably, but it also filters the air and adds some life to the room. Just make sure you don’t kill it; it’s bad for fungshue.
10. Change your mind often? Then buy most of your furniture in neutral colors like black and white. That way, no matter what your room theme ends up being, you will be able to keep most of your things from year to year (or month to month!).
Hopefully this helped! Anyone else have ideas? Comment below!