With walls that can't be painted, uninspiring furniture that can't be swapped out, and small square footage, dorm room decorating brings up a few more issues than the average bedroom. To help you make the most of your university quarters, I've enlisted some tips from interior designer Taniya Nayak, who you may recognize from HGTV's Destination Design and Designed to Sell series. Here's her advice for spicing up that boring dorm room:
- Love to have friends over but don’t have enough seats? Create a day bed! Turn your twin bed with the long side against the wall. Load it up with pillows upright to serve as the back of the day bed. Have fun with textures, colors, and prints.
- Furniture can be expensive! Back-to-school season also means end-of-Summer sales. I’m talking about patio furniture friends! I love outdoor wooden folding furniture for a dorm room. It’s lightweight, durable, colorful, and really practical. Check out adirondack chairs, small bistro sets, benches, and more.
- Dorm desks and beds can be SO generic! Personalize it using electrical tape. Make zigzags, stripes, or crisscrosses. It's a great way to get a cool look that will last all year and is completely removable when it’s time to go.
- Vertical storage that doubles as art!? 3M makes hooks that stick to the wall and pull right off without damaging the paint. Hang your purses, baseball hats, framed photos, and your favorite necklaces.
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- One of the few ways to add a pop of color to your dorm room is through your bedding. Mix and match sheets. If you are color challenged, go monochromatic with black and white but boost it up with your sheets and throw pillows in your favorite color like fuschia, yellow, teal, you name it!
- Feeling a little homesick? Make your room feel more homey by adding an area rug. Get a nice, soft, plush one that feels soft between your toes.
- Candles are a big no-no in the dorms. If you love the soft ambiance of candlelight, pick up a few battery-operated LED candles. They last a long time and will flicker through the night without burnin’ down the house.
- Turn those blah boring walls into a true focal point by creating your own textured wallpaper. Pick up a bunch of woven placemats (HomeGoods has great ones on the cheap!) and mount them to the walls in a grid using double stick tape.
- Clothesline and clothes pins are a fun way to show off your photos. Run the line against a wall and start clipping the photos with the pins.
- Think outside the box. Use chunky candleholders as speaker stands for your iPod.
Want some more decorating advice from Taniya? Check out her six affordable tips for a décor makeover. Thanks to HomeGoods for sharing the photo of Taniya's hip surfer chick dorm room decorating project!