Decorating your dorm can feel like a lot of pressure.
Chances are this is your first time having a space to call your own — okay, or almost your own if you’re sharing– and you really want to make a statement. This is your time to show off your style and what makes you, well, you. A little overwhelmed? To make things easier, we put together a guide on how to decorate your dorm like a pro. Check our tips below to make the dorm of your dreams a reality.
1. Curate a Color Scheme
When you have limited room, everything counts. One easy way to tie your space together is to introduce a color scheme and stick with it. The minimalist in me says to choose more muted colors you won’t get tired of too quickly–but if wild patterns and neon hues are more your thing, definitely go for it! The main thing to keep in mind is that your dorm will be your home for the next year or so, so go with your gut when picking a color scheme.
2. Make the Bed
Sleeping will be a top priority, so show your bed some love. Think tons of comfy pillows for those blessed naps between classes and a patterned comforter to keep your space looking good when you don’t have time to make the bed in the morning. Your bed is one place in your dorm that is guaranteed to be just yours, so a little decor goes a long way.
3. Study in Style
Chances are you’ll be spending way more time at your desk than you’d like. When you’re deep into hour three of cramming for that midterm, it’s the little things that will help. Small accents on mugs or notebooks will keep your area looking cute but clutter-free, and some statement art will remind you that you will survive the struggle.
4. Make Space (and Time) For You
Studying is important and all, but so is a little self care. Designate a small corner of your space as your chill zone and fill it with things that make you feel good. Plush floor pillows, a rug, a good book or your beloved phone will really set the mood when you need to zen out during that long study sesh. Plus, compartmentalizing your dorm can make it feel that much bigger. Keep your textbooks for your desk, and nothing but good vibes for your hideout.