How To Make Your Dorm Room Feel More Homey

Your dorm room will soon become your home away from home for the next year.

A much smaller home away from home, actually. Looking at the box of concrete white walls and beige tiles, it’s hard to imagine that this room could turn into anything resembling your cozy oasis from home. Truthfully with a colorful tapestry and a few throw pillows, you’ll never remember you even left home.

Color: Leave the white and beige to the walls and floor. When shopping for your room décor look for colorful, cheerful things. Bright colors will lighten up a room and keep you feeling energized even through a long day. Since you can’t paint your dorm room’s walls, other colorful piece will have to do the work.

Keep things comfortable: Resting after long days of classes or hosting your study buddy for a study session is much better when you have a comfortable spot to retreat to. Fill your dorm room with lots of things to lounge around on, like a down comforter for your bed, body pillows, a comfy futon or chair, and a soft rug.

Lots of Lighting: Don’t strain your eyes or get the rainy day blues because of dim lighting in your room. Fill your room with freestanding lamps, table lamps on your desk, and night-lights for middle of the night runs to the bathroom. It’s also a good idea to bring along book lights or flashlights in case you’re up a little later than your roommate reading or doing homework.

Personalize It: Since you’re not home with you family and friends, bring them to you. Bring lots of pictures, letters, and memorably artifacts from home and hang them on your walls, or display them with great picture frames. As you make new memories in college, add new pictures to the collection. To make your room even more personal, hang up posters of your favorite movies, music and TV shows. Add monogram pillows or wall tapestries for that extra personal touch. With all your personality, just make sure you are sharing the space with your roommate.

Keep a collection of Entertainment: Sometimes college really isn’t all that exciting. I know, it’s not something you want to hear, but it’s the truth. For rainy Sundays or uneventful nights, keep a stock of your favorite movies, books, magazine, or a play list handy. You can either pop your headphones in and watch to escape for a while or invite friends over for a movie night or DIY dance party.

Have Snacks Handy: One of the biggest differences between college and living at home is the food. Besides just the quality, a perk of being at home is going into your fridge at any hour of the night to grab a snack. At college the dining hall closes after a certain time at night, so having a stockpile of snacks in your room is a necessary comfort.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.