The dorm room is a right of passage in the world of decorating. Well not on a big scale but in the sense of organizational skills, personalization and doing more with less. It is also the first time starting with a blank slate where Mom & Dad aren’t the primary decision makers. So how does one end up with a chic looking dorm room when they have never even been there?
Photo of Western Michigan University dorm via Medievalists
Great bedding is the starting point. This is the biggest and most visible decorative surface. Even if there is a sitting & sleeping room keep the color scheme the same throughout. Start with the bed and let the colors carry over into the rest of the space.
Pick something colorful and fun. Here are a few which are easy to work with.
Photos via Crate & Barrel
Make your own color scheme with these limited color basics. Pair this black, gray and white with one other pop of solid color (red, orange, turquoise, purple or royal) for a masculine but personalized decor.
Photo via PBTeen
Or for a girl pick lipstick pink, lemon yellow or kelly green for that oh-so-prep vibe with this classic blue & white.
Photo via Garnet Hill
Need more color options? This hip tropical quilt allows for numerous color variations but pick only one or two to use and focus on.
Photo via PBTeen
Target and JcPenney have equally exciting bedding options as a basis for dorm room decor. Of course it is only August and a good percentage of you like my niece Emily (University of Montana) and nephew Charlie (WMU) will slip into cold winters so don’t forget the flannel sheets – which aren’t out in stores yet. No need to wait on the whole scheme just get an additional set of flannel sheets in a coordinating solid color. Garnet Hill & The Company Store always have fabulous ones in the fall.
The key for great dorm room decor is to Keep It Simple. Opt for a easy color scheme and focus on 2 maybe 3 colors. Repeat the main color or colors throughout the dorm room and minimize the accessories. Forget the oodles of unnecessary throw pillows and matchy odds and ends. Focus on a great set of bedding and the rest of the decor can fall easily into place. Head on over to HGTV for some more Decorating Tips for a Dorm Room.
Next week we’ll talk about what to do with those nasty dorm room walls.