For a brand new college student, there is nothing that compares to the excitement of moving into their first dorm room. Every plain white wall and bare mattress screams of the fabulous potential for decorating freedom. However, being a college student can often bring along the burden of a shallow pocketbook. We know… you’re broke. It’s hard to decorate a real home away from home with limited funds. That’s why we are providing you with three inexpensive, easy decorating tips that will turn your dorm from drab to fabulous!
Tip #1: Bed curtains
Attach a rod to your bed frame and put up a sheer curtain around your bed. This will add a fort-like feel to your space and give you a little more privacy. This makes for a great study area and creates a space that feels all your own.
Tip #2: Fabric or carpet wall art
This is an easy one. Find an interestingly patterned piece of fabric or carpet and hang it on a bare wall. This not only adds color to an all white room, but also texture.
Tip #3: Wallpaper or fabric bookshelves
Take your shelf and cut your fabric to match its size. You can use wallpaper primer and paste or wood glue to attach the fabric to your shelf. Let it dry overnight and you’re set! This idea can be applied to bookshelves, shadow boxes, or decorative shelves. It adds a nice homey touch to the simplest pieces.
A few things to remember:
1. While decorating, remember: bright colors are a must. You’re already working with white walls. Pick some accent colors that will pop!
2. Coordinate colors with your roommate. You don’t want to show up with a lavender comforter and find out your roommate has picked out orange curtains.
Best of luck to our rising college students!