It might feel as though summer will never end, but it’ll be
time to head back to school before you know it. To help you and your brood with
this potentially difficult transition, we’ll be sharing our best tips for
hitting the schoolyard in style. First up: dormitory decor.
Post secondary digs are a big deal. Moving from high school
to university or college is a huge change, with some seriously new waters to
navigate – more challenging academic requirements, social responsibilities, and
independence – so making your new space as comfortable and relaxing as possible
should be a priority.
Before you start shopping, it’s important to first consider
the look you’d like to try out in your room. It’s easy to get overwhelmed
during this time; there’s bound to be a lot on your mind as you start preparing
for school, so make sure you have a good understanding of what you want before
you hit the stores. And not just, we need to get pillows and a duvet, but what
style you’d like. You’ll be more pleased with your purchases and it will be a
less stressful experience overall.
Unless you are exceptionally
lucky your room will be cramped, dated, and drab. Expect to see some
combination of cinder blocks, single beds, and small windows. Since you’ll be a
little limited when it comes to what you can do with your room, (not many
residences will let you drill holes in your walls or paint), focus your decor
ideas on the two main areas of your space: your bed and desk. These are the two
blank canvases that will help to shape the look of your room. They’re easily
customized and will have a big impact on the rest of your space.
To help give you some ideas you can take back to your room
we’ve found some beautiful dorms you can try and emulate. We hope these cute
spaces inspire you as much as they have us.
There are a few reasons why we love this style. The color combination is
excellent. It’s cute and fun without being overpowering. Remember, you’ll most
likely have a roommate who’ll be bringing their own sheets and decor ideas.
Deciding on a versatile palette is a good idea; you don’t want
your sides of the room to clash. The headboard is fantastic. It really softens
the space and makes it feel more homey. The prints are fabulous. They help hide
the cinder blocks and go well with the bedding. Plus, who doesn’t love an oar?!
It’s original and ad-oar-able, a win win.
Cute & Cohesive
– While it’s unlikely you’ll have a room like this (sorry!
) you can take some cues from what they’ve done here. Subtle
hues of pink, heightened by the bright pink pillows, create a sweet, cohesive
vibe throughout the entire side of the room. Also, having lots of pillows is a
great idea. Little throws make everything more comfortable, and having several
large pillows means you’ll have spares for when friends come to visit!
Your desk won’t be large, but you’ll have room for a computer and a few
accessories. We love the use of gold here, it adds a fun touch of class (and
goes with almost anything!). It’s also a really nice idea to have a cute plant
or some fresh cut flowers on your desk. They’ll help brighten up your room.
Image via M Pression
Aren't interested in buying flowers regularly or have the green thumb needed for most house plants? Try succulents!
Motivational Mantras & Sweet Snaps
- Again, you won't have a lot of space for anything other than a computer on your desk. But you aren't limited to just using your desk when it comes to decorating. We love the motivational posters and pictures that surround
this desk. These will help keep you on track as you’re working and add a little
more flare to your room.
We hope these dream dorms help as you start your back to
school shopping. Check back with us for more back to school tips – we’ll be
sharing several as August comes to an end.