DO BETTER FURNISHED ROOMS MEAN BETTER GRADES?
College was always the opportunity to be fresh and different: new classes, new friends, new ideas, and most importantly for me, designing a new place to live. The place where you start and end your day is makes a tremendous difference in your collegiate experience and performance. Creating your own space to decorate to fit your likes and reflect your personality, to call your own, is important for success at college.
Here’s how to think out of the (dorm room) box:
Begin by selecting a color theme. Many dorm room walls are not allowed to be painted, so your expressions of color will have to be used elsewhere. I found a great company Casart Coverings that offers removable and reusable wall coverings. Check out the link.
Use color! Lots of it! The bed is usually the room’s focal point so find linens - sheets, pillow shams, decorative toss pillows, a throw, and a coverlet in a great pattern. Mix prints, stripes, designs, and add accents with textures or bold, wild colors. Color blocking is another great look that combines different solids in a geometric pattern. A headboard can easily be built out of wood, covered in batting and then a fabric of choice. Simply staple the fabric to the back of the board.
For curtains, you can use the same pattern used for the bed coverlet, or pick a different one with the same colors. I’ve often made curtains out of flat sheets. Curtains can be mounted using extension rods that use a spring system that fits inside almost any window frame so there’s no drilling or nails needed.
Getting out of bed for a 7:00AM class is painful enough without putting your feet down on a cold floor. An area rug or runner makes the experience a bit more pleasant by adding softness underfoot, and brightens a typically drab floor.
These suggestions are easy and inexpensive ways to individualize a dorm room or any room in your home. Remember to SHARE THEM WITH FRIENDS!
Any questions? I'd be happy to discuss your needs. No project is too small. Post a comment or ask a question, email: firstname.lastname@example.org