Darling Dorm Decor
Going to college can be an overwhelming task. There are many emotions involved for the student and the parents. The best way to handle the endeavor is to make lists. I remember when I was going into my freshmen year. I turned to AOL chats to meet people in my school and ask for advise as to what to bring and meet some people before I got to my school. I didn’t know anyone from my high school graduating year that was going to my university and I was the oldest child and first grandchild going to college! Holy smokes, the pressure! What do I bring? What do I wear? How do I act?
You probably received a checklist from your school or you can find many online. I found a useful one at www.pbteen.com, click http://www.pbteen.com/shop/pbdorm/college-checklist/?cm_type=lnav to see the items that they recommend.How do you decorate your dorm room? Mostly likely your room at home has the decor you’ve had for a while, so take this opportunity to start fresh and go for a more grown up look but with all the colors you love. Make your space personal but remember not to bring things that are very valuable. Most, likely you will be eating, drinking and studying on your bed, so the best option is to purchase a durable and ultra washable duvet cover and removable blanket over your duvet. I would opt for several layers, because you may not have room for a sofa in your dorm room so when all your friends come over, they’ll be sitting on your bed. Also, several layers are smart for not only your clothing as temperatures change from your 8AM class to your 8PM group project meeting, but also in layering your decor on your bed. Remember you most likely have to share a space with someone that doesn’t care for the same room temperature, so you can either kick off layers of blankets or if your roomate is an eskimo, you can add layers.
The best advice I got from an older student at my college was to bring a mattress cover and an egg crate foam mattress topper. My suggestion is to spend the extra money on one that is ultra durable, thick and now they have memory foam options. Most of the time you will be running on little sleep as you will be either partying or studying to the wee hours of the morning. You need to make sure your sleep is ultra restful. Sleep is for breaks and long weekends at home!
The main decor items that will make your room really stand out on the dorm floor are your area rug, your bedding, your lighting and storage items. Storage items sound really boring but are key since there is limited space in your dorm room. You most likely will have less room then at home; sometimes half the space because you’ll mostly likely have a roomate. You want to do your storage ”homework” by going to the Container Store, Target or Walmart. My favorite storage item for dorm rooms is the plastic drawers that you can stack. You can fit all your toiletries in one and your dry food items in the other. Also, you’ll most likely get limited closet space so make sure you buy those thin hangers so you can maximize your closet hanging space.
Check out this helpful infographic from mint.com on how to decorate your dorm room:
The most frustrating thing if you love color is that you can’t paint your cinder block walls. They are cold and instutional looking. My recommendation is to buy some cool wall decals as shown in my Olioboard above! Also, select really fun and bright bedding! You can design your own bedding at http://www.pbteen.com/shop/pbdorm/featured-dorm-design-bed/?cm_re=12SumD2Dorm-_-Featured-_-BeddingTool. Even if you don’t buy all your bedding from Pottery Barn Teen, you can play around with mixing different colors and patterns to get inspiration for your room.
Another really important factor is to consider lighting! You may not get a ton of natural light in your room because your view maybe staring at another dorm building. This can make your feel drab and not able to stay awake all hours of the night when you have to pull an all nighter study session during mid-terms and finals. Buy some table lamps and even a hookable, overhead plug-in chandelier to add some elegance and flair to your dorm room! You can buy removable 3M hooks to hang pictures and clothing (hats, robes and jackets) on your walls.
Remember: 1) Include your favorite colors 2) Lighting, lighting, lighting 3) Washable and durable bedding 4) Splurge on a padded mattress cover and 5) Lots of multifunctioning storage containers!
For other great blogs on dorm room decor, please check my friends’ blog posts at:
Charisse of http://cmcdesignstudio.com/blog/
Kate of http://dabbleinchic.blogspot.com
Michelle of http://fashionhouseinteriors.net/blog/
Colette of http://frugal-finds.net/blog/
Julie of http://gosimplysavvy.com/blog/
Matthew of http://hlminteriordesign.com
Joanne of http://homestyling101.blogspot.ca/
Lynda of http://nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com
Antoinette of http://pushinteriors.blogspot.ca
Ana of http://whitelineninteriors.net/blog/
For more interior design ideas from me, check out my website at selmahammer.com, my twitter account @DesignerSelma and my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Selma-Hammer-Designs/167088703347770. Thanks so much for stopping by!