On move-in day at college, all of the rooms start out looking the same: bland, generic and beige. The institution-provided desks, chairs and dressers are boring at best and scuffed and scratched at worst.
Creative Dorm Room
THE INSTITUTION-PROVIDED DESKS, CHAIRS AND DRESSERS
ARE BORING AT BEST AND SCUFFED AND SCRATCHED AT WORST.
• Purchase matching comforter sets for a
• Reversible comforters with a solid color on
one side and print on the other give students a
chance to change things up.
• Add some personality with decorative pillows.
• For flare, use mismatched sheets, perhaps a
solid red fitted with a black and white stripe
• Throw pillows and shams made from
pillowcases and sheets are a great way to
spruce things up.
• Retro patterns will coordinate and add pop to
• No-sew fringed pillows made with your new
school colors will show your school spirit.
• Toss in some pillows made from favorite
concert or sports team t-shirts to remember
• Twin flat sheets , drop cloths, decorative
towels and even tablecloths make easy no-
sew curtain panels
• Tie-backs can be made from all kinds of fun
materials including rope, bandanas, barrettes,
neckties, necklaces and ribbon. Be sure to use
adhesive-backed hooks that don’t damage
• Use patterns to create a focal point in your
•Hang curtains from ceiling to floor to create
the illusion of more space.
• Create a one-of-a-kind rug. Buy a drop cloth &
paint from your local hardware store & create
your own design.
• Use a colorful tapestry as a rug.
• Individual carpet squares come in a variety of
colors. If a spill happens, you just replace the
one square, not the entire carpet.
• Look for carpet remnants. They are usually
• Choose colors that disguise dirt and spills.
• Rugs are inexpensive and can be discarded at
the end of the year.
• Simple white Christmas lights can be used creatively
to add both light and glamour
• Heavy paper, such as wallpaper samples, can be used
to make chandeliers or individual lanterns
• Ribbon, fabric, bamboo and even paint chips can be
turned into lampshades.
• Hand paint or poke holes in old lampshades for a
• Add mirrors to reflect light
• Flameless candles can add a bit of drama
• Be careful of fire hazards
Personalize your room with removable wall art
• Faux wallpaper
• Cut-out designs like frames
• Sports team logos
• Greek letters
There are many designs available for purchase.
For something unique, have a custom decal
made or make your own with contact paper.
Whether you are looking for inspiration,
motivation or humor. No matter if you like
cool, eclectic, nerdy, classic or just plain weird
stuff, there's a poster for you.
Framed or unframed, color or black and white,
small or large, canvas or paper - posters are a
great way to spruce up a dorm room.
One or two meaningful posters are a time-
honored way to decorate a dorm room.
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