A dorm room is more than just a utilitarian place to live while attending college. The dorm room serves as the home away from home and should be a pretty and pleasant place to enjoy spending time in whether studying, relaxing or entertaining.
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An attractive abode gives one a pleasurable nest to escape to.
Making the dorm room attractive can be exciting, fun and an enjoyable experience. Planning the room can help new roommates bond and combine unique tastes that will complement each other.
You may not have the same tastes as a roommate but it will help to agree on a color palette to choose decor from.
Each roommate can shop using the color palette and emailing photos of favorite finds in order to make final choices.
- A new bedding set for your dorm bed will lend to a peaceful night's sleep and add pretty decor to the room. Purchase a comforter set with matching pillow sham. Find out from your college if the beds are standard twin or extra long before you purchase sheets.
Dress the windows to make the room your own.
Make sure that you and your roommate agree on the choice of window treatments and that the window decor will coordinate with the bedding that you both choose.
- Use a tension rod inside the window frame to hang curtains or a pretty valance.
- Using Command hooks on either side of the top of the window, drape fabric in a swag effect from hook to hook to create a draping affect across the window top.
- Hang curtains or a valance using curtain rings attached to the top (these easily just clip on). Place decorative Command hooks on wall above the window in even intervals. Then hang the curtains using the rings to hang on the hooks so that the curtains drape down to flank the window on either side or cover the window and use a tie back to pull the curtain to the side for different decorative affect.
- Use a decorative curtain rod to hang curtains placing the rods ends to rest on Command hooks placed on the outside upper corners above the top of the window. This will give you the option to close the curtain or open them over the windows.
Decorate the walls.
Use 3M Command Brand picture hangers and hooks to hang decorative touches on the walls without worry of damage to the surfaces.
- Adorn the walls with fabric covered bulletin boards that you can use to post notes and photos.
- Hang pocket books on clear hooks as wall art.
- Many collect hats; instead of hiding them away in a closet, use hooks to hang the hats to decorate the walls.
- Clear hooks on the wall will present pretty necklaces as works of art.
Furnishings and accessories to add the final touch will make the room a beautiful abode.
Make sure accessories that both you and your roommate choose are in the colors agreed upon and approved by each other before buying and placing them in the room.
- If you are lucky enough to have the room area, consider getting a futon to have an extra place to relax on or to give a place for friends and family visiting to bunk.
- Add an area rug on top of the dorm room flooring. Depending on the dorm room layout you may want to use two small ones in front of each bed or use one larger rug in the center of the room to tie in both of the beds' adornment.
- Small storage ottomans are great to place in front of the bed or futon. Perfect to hold files in and to throw the feet onto as well. Place a tray on top to use as a coffee table.
- Decorate the bed with long bed pillows and toss pillows to turn it into a space to entertain and sit back in outside of sleeping hours.
- Extra large floor pillows and bean bag chairs are perfect to stack up in a corner to provide extra seating for friends visiting.
- Add accent lamps for reading by the bed and desk.
A lovely dorm room will serve as a place that you will look forward to coming home to. This is your first step to adulthood and living on your own. No longer will you be tied by your parents decor decisions. It is time to act like a grown-up. Be responsible in your studies as you negotiate the path to taking care of yourself and your own home.
Use the college experience to its fullest and never be afraid to dance!
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