Recently I ran across several articles describing how to decorate a small room. There are great tips for anyone who may be down-sizing, but also someone heading off to college, looking for a way to make that tiny dorm room appear a little bigger.
Here are some tips that I think would help with dorm-room decorating.
- Color: a monochromatic color scheme makes the most of a small space. That may not sound too exciting as you plan your room, but you can introduce different textures in varying shades of your chosen color. Or purchase a couple of fun and colorful pillows to give the room a little pop but keep your linens a pale soft color. Remember that lighter colors will increase the brightness in the room.
- Another way to add a bit of color is with colorful desk accessories. Keeping everything in the same color family (shades of blue and lavender or oranges and reds) will add a bright spot but not overwhelm.
- Vertical Space: keep the eyes moving up. Hmmmm… How to do this in a dorm room? Traditionally designers use curtains that are hung close to the ceiling. Hanging curtains may not be possible in a dorm room so why not try hanging simple art/posters vertically up the wall on either side of the window? Black and white photographs or full length mirrors would work. IKEA would be a great source for any of these ideas.
- Floor: A long runner down the middle with a vertical design (not horizontal) will cause the eye to travel toward the back wall. Another trick on the eye!
Hope these ideas are helpful and inspiring. Best of luck!