Good­bye mom and dad, hello to my new pad!

Home sweet dorm. Ex­pert ad­vice on how to make the most of your new cin­derblock palace

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - Work/education - JU­LIA FURLAN Metro World News in NYC

So you’ve left the nest and your child­hood bed­room is poised to be­come a glo­ri­fied stor­age closet for your fam­ily’s things. In­te­rior de­signer Ta­mara Dun­ner says the best way to make your new, tiny dorm room space feel like home is to dec­o­rate with care — with an eye to­ward colour, pat­tern and style. What ad­vice do you give to col­lege stu­dents who want to make their new home a lit­tle brighter? I think it’s im­por­tant when you’re mov­ing or re­lo­cat­ing to bring some things from home. Bring your pic­ture frames with pho­tos of all your friends. They don’t have to be stan­dard black pic­ture frames; if you’re more tra­di­tional, you can do a white­washed fin­ish. What should stu­dents pri­or­i­tize? It’s your first home away from home; it should be a se­cure place for you to come af­ter school where you feel com­fort­able. It’s al­ways hard that first year, so you want to em­pha­size that you want to per­son­al­ize your own lit­tle cave, your own lit­tle place. How about the walls? You can get posters, but I know they (usu­ally) won’t let you stick nails in the walls in the dorm. You can get light pic­ture frames from Ikea or even take post­cards and hang them on the wall. You can get Christ­mas lights to make it a lit­tle bit more funky.


Be­tween study­ing, so­cial­iz­ing and start­ing your new life, it’s im­por­tant to have a space to sit back and chill out.

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