Make Over your Dorm Room
In college, your room is no longer just a place to sleep. It is a sanctuary between frat parties, a vessel for contemplative thinking, and most importantly, your home away from home. Your dorm room is a reflection of your personality and taste. Finding the perfect room accents make all the difference in comfort and decoration. Attention to color, detail, and transforming functional necessities into embellished objects will convert your musty dorm room into a serene haven.
When you don't have a lot of room to work with, your bedding color and design can make a huge statement. Warm colors exude positive and creative thinking, cool colors convey a calming tone, and a black-and-white combinations display a mature and intelligent atmosphere. Add a soft throw for extra décor and added warmth in the winter. Pillows are also a great way to show personality and nice to have when your friends come visit you. For the late night crammer, a colorful lap desk is more functional.
Anything that can double as something else is cherished on a college campus. If it is functional and aesthetically appealing, it is perfect. Futons can be used for studying, lounging, watching your weekly shows, or playing video games and also double as another place to crash. Pick a neutral color that will go with anything, and then buy a futon cover to match your current theme. SureFit futon covers (www.surefit.net) are available in a variety of shades and fabrics, are machine washable, and extremely affordable. Futon covers allow you the freedom to change up your style and clean out the inevitable late night food stains.
When you have too much stuff and not enough space, smart storage is essential. Roll-out bins (www.containerstore.com) store your seasonal clothes effectively under your bed. A strategic footrest opens allowing extra storage for books and movies. Also, a standard shoe rack placed on a desk gives you another shelf for your school supplies.
Once your colors have been determined, you can pick coordinating accents for your desk and dresser. Woven tapestries are a cheap way to cover the wall or ceiling with a neutral design or contrasting color. If your style is feminine chic, look for jewelry holders that let you show off your exquisite taste. For the music junkie, posters are an easy way to cover the walls and highlight your music preferences. And for the book worm, when displayed correctly, books can be a great decoration. Stuff a few between picture frames, beneath your alarm clock, and neatly on a bookshelf.
Lastly, pictures of your family, friends, favorite places, and hobbies will complete your newly decorated oasis. Whether they are displayed in a scrapbook, collage, pinned on the wall, hung from a string, or inserted in a frame, pictures let us have a little piece of home with us wherever we are. Canvas art is a new take on your favorite vintage photos, transformed onto a custom canvas. Chic Canvas (www.chiccanvas.com) lets you upload any photo to be displayed onto a canvas. Canvas photos let you display your favorite pictures in a unique and special setting—whether on the wall or on the go—letting you take a bit of that new bedroom flair with you.