Dorm rooms have several big responsibilities. They're meant to be your own personal hub for studying, working, relaxing, and socializing, but in a place often limited by square footage and decorating rules, it can be difficult to combine all of these aspects into one tiny room and keep it functional.
These tips will transform stuffy dorms into sanctuaries conducive to late-night study sessions and cozy enough for getting a good night's sleep.
1. Choose a Serene, Relaxing Theme
Colors can have a big impact on how a room feels, and more importantly, how you feel while being in it. Coordinate artwork, pillows, and bedding to craft a space that will instantly helping you decompress upon entering. If your dorm or apartment allows for painting, take advantage of this and choose a shade that brings you joy or a sense of calm.
2. Cozy Up Your Workspace
Just because long study hours take place at your desk doesn't mean it has to look and feel blah. Since so much time is spent in this area, take some time to add special touches and items that'll keep you focused and comfortable. Creating a desk space with functional items, like a lamp and organizational drawers, can be paired with personal touches like artwork, letter boards, or well-cushioned seating.
3. Pick Double-Duty Furniture Pieces
Dorm rooms aren't typically the most spacious housing situations. This means multipurpose furniture is key. A bookshelf can double as a TV stand and a shelving unit works wonders as a bedside table. Picking coordinating pieces and keeping them tidy will maintain a cohesive bedroom. To really liven up your room, take a page out of this dorm's book and add a plant or two for a calming touch of greenery.
4. Color Coordinate the Whole Space
Consistency is key to transforming a dorm from a replica of every other room in the hall to something that feels just like you. This college living situation has pretty bursts of pink on the walls, bed, and even the carpet to create a well-put-together theme. Too many colors or not settling on one theme can make things feel a little erratic and neither relaxing nor well organized.