Add Personality to Your Dorm with Decorating Tips!

Written by: Paige Schnarr | July 17, 2023 for Umbra Design Stories


Moving into a college dorm can be an exciting but daunting task. You don’t want to overspend on unnecessary items, yet you also want your living space to reflect who you are. There are several ways to spruce up a college dorm without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to help make your living space feel like home. 


Start with the Basics
When it comes to making your dorm room feel like home, it is important to start with the basics. Think about what you need in terms of furniture and other necessities such as a desk, dresser, bedding, and curtains. It’s important to purchase items that will fit in your room since most college dorms have limited space. Once you have the basics covered, it’s time for the fun part - decorating!


Pick a Color Scheme & Theme
Choosing a color scheme or theme is the first step in designing your dorm room. Think about what colors or themes will make you feel calm and relaxed when studying, or energized and inspired when hanging out with friends. Pick between two to four colors to tie everything together, then pick items in those colors so everything flows nicely. If you need inspiration, try browsing through decor magazines for ideas.


Get Creative with Storage Solutions
A cluttered living space can make anyone feel overwhelmed, so storage solutions are key when decorating your dorm room. Invest in furniture pieces that have hidden storage compartments—like an ottoman with a secret compartment inside—so they double as both furniture and storage areas. Make sure to measure the dimensions of each piece before ordering because space is usually limited in these small rooms!


Decorating your college dorm doesn't have to be overwhelming; there are plenty of ways to bring out your style without breaking the bank or going overboard with decorations. Don't forget to have fun!


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