Dorm Therapy

Before & After: The Dreamiest of Dreamy Dorm Rooms

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(Image credit: Kevin of Thou Swell)

Our good friend Kevin of Thou Swell is off to college (they grow up so fast) and has brought his signature eye for comfortable and stylish design to the most challenging of spaces: the freshman dorm. Take a look and try not to feel bad about the John Mayer poster and Walgreens string lights you put on your walls.

(Image credit: Kevin of Thou Swell)

From Kevin: As I started the design of my room, I really leaned into a warm, cozy aesthetic that would create a comfortable space as I transition into college life and keep me happy in the long Ithaca winters. The combination of warm-grey and tan is the predominate color palette, and I brought in a variety of patterns to the mix as well.

While I know the room will be small, I want to elevate the space by using it efficiently and adding details that will make the space more inviting. The curtains have a hand-drawn diamonds pattern which I ordered in grey, and the pillows on the bed have warm leather details that will bring another layer of interest to the bedding. Having stunning art prints in the room has one of the largest impacts on the space, especially since these three prints are 30×40 each! To hang the prints without damaging the wall, I used Command extra-large Command strips.

I’m so happy to have created a personal retreat for myself that has completely redefined my room and provided a comfortable ‘home’ for me here at college. Although I’ve had many late nights in the library or studio already, I’m always happy to head back to my dorm room!

Thank you, Kevin!

Re-edited from a post originally published 10.8.16-NT