Recently, I was searching for decorating inspiration for our new place when I happened upon some pictures of my old dorm room. The cheaply decked out space, complete with a hot pink comforter and mini blue lights could hardly qualify as inspiring (unless you’re a 5-year-old girl), but for me it was a hilarious trip down memory lane. It was also fitting timing as I happened to be on Pottery Barn’s website and stumbled upon their PBdorm section. Of course, their selection was far superior to what I had available in college so naturally I wish I could go back in time and decorate my dorm with things like gold dots and furry beanbags. Despite the fact that I would use many of their dorm pieces to decorate with now, it made me realize how much my style has also changed (from hot pink everything to modern-rustic). My methodology for decorating, however, has not. Here are some of my methods for decorating a small space, be it a dorm room or an apartment-
Have a neutral comforter and update your bedding by switching out pillow cases and bedding // In college, my version of neutral was hot pink. Nowadays, I prefer things to be a little more on the crisp and clean side, with a healthy dose of gold and stripes, of course.
Opt for storage that is both chic and functional // While plastic bins sure can hold a lot, they can also be an eye-sore (who would have guessed?!). Instead, I would opt for a trunk, since it can pull triple duty as a storage, table, and bench.
Add personality with small updates // This is definitely an example of “a little goes a long way”. A few picture frames, pinboards, a fun clock or statue, a plant, or a cool book-end are all ways to pack a major punch without spending a lot of cash. Or you could always just do what I did in college and simply decorate with cut-out pictures of your favorite boy band (Hi N’sync)….I mean, this is such a good decorating idea I almost feel like I should bring it back (because let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to stare at JT all day?!).
Do you have any embarrassing dorm room style stories? Also, if you had a chance to do a dorm do-over, what would you do differently?
This post is sponsored by PBdorm. All opinions are my own.