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
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.