It's that time again. Time to get back into morning classes, meeting new professors, getting lost on campus a few times, and living in a new place. It can be stressful and overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. I don't know about you but one thing that calms me and makes me feel at home is having a place I can come home to that I LOVE. We know you've been pinning photos to your Pinterest board and we are here to help. Here are a few of the ways you can make your dorm room perfect & cozy for your fall semester. Let's go!
#1. Reading Corner
Having a reading corner is perfect for students who are studying for tests or catching up on their literature homework. Maybe you are the type of person who loves to snuggle up to a good book and escape reality for a bit with a good story. If so, you'd love a cozy reading corner. I love this one in particular because it has so much character with the unique details. Try getting a printed or vintage chair and spruce it up with some neutral pillows and blankets. Adding a side table, some plants and candles will only feel more warm and cozy and make those long study sessions a bit more enjoyable.
#2. Adding Pillows & Blankets
Adding texture to your bed is the oldest decor tip in the book. It not only breaks up the colors on your bed but it makes your bed look more luxurious. Doesn't this bed look like it's straight out of an Urban Outfitters catalogue? Whatever your taste may be you can find cute throw pillows and blankets just about anywhere. Try sticking to two contrasting colors. For example, if your bedspread is white (like in this photo) use cream and a blush pink to break it up. Adding colors, different fabrics, and textures will give you the coziest bed on your floor. Just get ready because all your friends will be asking to hang in your room!
#3. Decorate Wall Space With Thrifted Finds
One way you can stay on that college budget and still decorate that empty wall space is rummaging through your local thrift store. You'll be amazed at what you can find. For example, I love music and decorating with some old records is such an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your wall space. You can attach them with nails, (if your apartment allows), or drill some holes in them and hang them with command hooks. TIP: You can spray paint your command hooks to give them a bit more personality. Heck, you could spray paint the records too if you wanted!
#4. Adding Unique Pieces To Your Bedside Table
This goes along with tip #3, "Decorate Wall Space With Thrifted Finds." You can do the same for your bedside table. In fact, get funky with it. You can find cute candle holders and spray paint them for a totally new look, or a single coaster that can act as a ring tray, or even those plastic dinosaur toys. You can spray paint them and repurpose them for some table decoration. You'll know that no one else has the same decoration as you (something rare when you're in a college dorm) and it will remind your neighbors of your unique personality and creativity!
#5. Cozy & Organized Desk
Last, but most certainly not least, we know you'll need a place to study and do the bulk of your homework. Having a desk in college is so important and can really help make you the best student you can be. There are so many ways to make sure your desk is organized and *not boring*. I personally love decorating an empty space with plants. Tiny plants like the ones in the photo above can be found at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or Ikea for super cheap. We know you won't have time to water them, so go ahead and buy an artificial one. Organizing your space is important too-use an empty candle holder as a pen holder or old cereal box as a file folder. Throw in a cool table lamp, some polaroids of your friends and you and VIOLÀ, you have got the perfect desk!
We hope all these tips inspired you for your dorm decor needs and helped you to see that it can all be done on a college budget and sometimes with the things you already have. If you think your dorm room is the cutest and the coziest, feel free to tag us and show it off! We'd love to see how you designed it!
All Photos Courtesy of NAT MCPHERSON