Don’t let the lazy days of summer pass you by without getting items for stylish dorm room designs now for your digs. For those gearing up for college, the time to start school is quickly approaching and will be here before you know it. Take advantage of the many sales going on for such items like sheet sets, refrigerators and even dustbusters from go-to places as Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. These would be practical and essential items that will enhance the quality of your dorm room living.
While shopping for things that you will need, don’t forget to think of ways to help personalize your space.
You can have all the things you want but it won’t feel like “home” without your personality put on it.
Here are a few stylish dorm room designs ideas to consider.
Start with an easy way to design your layout using the 3-D room layout on Design Your Own Dorm Room.
A decorating conversation can help break the ice with a new roommate. Since you’re sharing the space, share the design with your roommate to make sure you have similar ideas before starting.
You can purchase the items on this site while getting a sense of what they will look like in the room, but the variety of selections are rather sparse — just like most dorm rooms…
If you want to liven it up a bit, we’ve done the narrowed-down searches for dorm room visuals for you with tons of ideas via these specific links on sites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz as well as HGTV.
It’s hard to imagine how this space could look any better but there are some easy ways to make a dramatic difference by tackling the most expansive areas first.
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- Cover the floors with an easy to clean but decorative rug that complements the rest of the colors you’ll be using. You could even use an outdoor rug indoors. Go streamline with a solid or playful with a pattern.
- Add color to those institutional, blank walls with removable wallpaper. Be sure to use one that won’t damage the surface and is durable enough to be reused so you can change it around when you want. This keeps your space constantly fresh and new. You can even have re-decorating parties.
If you have a patterned wallpaper, you can even cut it in strips to use as stripes on the wall — either vertically or horizontally. Pillow slipcovers also add color. Outdoor fabric is pretty practical and can coordinate with wallpaper designs.
- While you’re at it, you can even add color to overlooked areas like those generic wooden drawer fronts and even a desktop work space with removable wallpaper.
- Divide the space into zones. Use open shelving if available as dividers. This doubles as valuable storage for books and other items.
- Use curtains to “sectionalize” and add warmth to what can be a sterile space. Curtains can also be used as a decorative accent on the underside of a bunk bed to soften, add privacy and conceal clutter.
A clever way to hang curtains without damaging the walls is use a lightweight scarf draped over a dowel that is adhered with removable hangers.
- Consider bringing your own lighting. These paper-lantern shades help soften that glaring, usually out-dated, and single overhead light. The shades would be placed higher on the ceiling than what is represented in this picture, which would most likely cause many soft but rude awakening head-bumps. Hey, but if it helps get you out of bed and to class, well, maybe that’s a good thing. 😉