Laken is an incoming freshman at Washington University in Saint Louis and, just this Sunday, moved into her new dorm on campus. She was greeted by a very typical sight: commercial grade carpeting, conspicuous vents, and standard issue furniture. The dorms are very nice by all accounts, but it's always a challenge to transform an impersonal space into a comfortable home for the next nine months.
Dorms and apartments are often severely lacking in storage, but also square footage. While you could probably use more room for clothes, you might also need a laundry room, office, or media library. From specific solutions to stylish hooks, here are 15 ways to customize your doors for maximum organization.
As a rising freshman, I had just come back from a four week stint in Europe. I'd left my heart there, and did not particularly relish the months ahead in the snow belt. This room encapsulates the romantic spirit that might have helped to transport the young gamine in me.
What is it about those Scandinavians? Just when we think we've caught up, they manage to put some new twist on effortless cool. Inspired by their modern-but-not-too-minimal decor, we've put together a dorm room with clean lines, a simple color palette, and just enough texture to keep things interesting — a designy look at a less than designer price.
Here's a room with a little bit of everything: a little pattern, a little texture, a little old, a little new. It's a cheerful look, with a bit of a vintage feel, that will keep your dorm room happy, and your wallet, too.
During the summer before freshman year, I carefully picked out the perfect accessories for my soon-to-be dorm room in San Diego, from a really cute duvet to an "Endless Summer" poster (I dreamed of being a surfer girl). Then I met my roommate. Her idea of sophisticated decor was plastering photos of nude or nearly nude fashion models on every available inch of wall space.
My inspiration for this Dorm Style roundup was the casual, laid-back cool of Los Angeles. In fact, I found so many pieces to fit this style that I coudn't resist creating two inspiration boards, each at a different price point. So no matter your budget, there's something here for you.
It's that time of year again, when hopeful young students start back to school, and hopeful young freshmen start planning how to decorate their dorm room on a budget. Apartment Therapy is here to help, with our annual roundups of dorm style inspiration. First up: a patriotic room with a vintage feel.