Tips for Creating a Well Decorated Dorm Room?

Tips for Creating a Well Decorated Dorm Room?

Janel Laban
Aug 9, 2010

Q: Here's a bit of a challenge for the decorating-savvy readers of Apartment Therapy. Come the end of September, I'm headed to grad school - my first time living away from home, since my undergrad university was commuting-distance from my house, and thus my first experience with the joys of dorm architecture.

Thanks to a bit of internet detective work, and some helpful former residents, I've managed to scrounge up a few photos of the rooms in my allocated dorm block (shown above). Not terrible - but not great, either. As we all know, a girl's bedroom is her sanctuary (and her study, guest room, and, well, everything else, in this case), and I'd love to be able to spruce the place up to a slightly more sophisticated tune than simply papering over the wall with posters, especially since I'll be there for twelve months. But given the usual dorm restrictions (no nails, no painting; even the furniture is supplied!), the odd variations in wall colours, and so forth, I... well, I have no idea where to start.

Help me, Apartment-wan Kenobi! You're my only hope!

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