Girls are known for being the most excited to decorate their first dorm room and usually have a vision of what they want it to look like before move-in day, but guys, this is an exciting time for you, too! You’re away from home in your very own space or sharing it with a friend who’s going through the same new experience. There’s no reason your space shouldn’t feel like home AND look cool, too. Here are a few tips to think about when moving into your new space:
Dorm Room Decor Ideas for Guys
1. Buy quality pieces you can reuse in your first apartment
By investing in a few quality pieces for your dorm that are going to be easily reused in your first apartment, you’re saving yourself money from having to buy replacements later, because they’ll uphold the everyday use. A few examples of pieces that are worth investing in are sleeper sofas, a comfortable desk chair for long study hours, a bright desk lamp, wall art to add a personal touch and a good quality area rug to bring the room together and create a more cozy space.
2. Make the best out of your small space by using multifunctional pieces
Small Spaces call for smart storage and furniture solutions. By getting two or more types of uses out of one item, you’re maximizing your space and creating a functional home. For example, a Storage Ottoman could be used as a coffee table, extra seating when your friends come over to hang, a place to kick your feet up while watching a movie or studying, and essential storage space – all-in-one! A twin sleeper sofa would be a comfy space to hang out but also a place to crash for a friend or sibling who is visiting for the weekend.
3. Make it look mature and masculine
This is your first home away from home, and you’re stepping into a new direction in life. You’re ready to move on into a more mature and masculine space, embrace it! This is a chance to create a space that reflects the new you.
4. Discover your personal style
Your dorm doesn’t have to be generic or boring; by discovering an interior style you can relate with, you’re creating a space you feel like is really yours. Take some style quizzes; Do you like a more clean and modern look? You’ll probably love a minimalist modern style. Do you like a warm cabin feel? You’ll probably be into rustic interiors. Brainstorm elements and aesthetics in interiors you really like – reclaimed wood, leather, earthy tones, clean lines, geometric patterns (the list could go on…) and then shop with your newly discovered style in mind.
Dorm Decor Tips for Girls
Let’s face it: dull dorm rooms are a thing of the past. In the age of Instagram aesthetics, dorms have transformed into hangout havens and backdrops for study selfies. This means there’s more freedom than ever when it comes to setting up your new space’s style. Let your dorm’s design reflect you and your intricate identity.
Starting college can be stressful enough so we took your first notes for you. Start with this short study guide on creating an insta-worthy dorm in just 4 simple steps.
Don’t worry; you’re going to ace it.
— 4 Steps to Styling a Dorm —
3 Dorm Room Styles to Get You Back-to-Cool
To kick off back-to-school season, Living Spaces created three fresh dorm room styles, catered to the tastes of three different types of college students. Check out the easy-to-copy styles below and their special DIY projects – plus helpful tips from Living Spaces designers Cha’queza Telp and Chelsea Savala to guide you along the way.
Dorm #1: Scandinavian
Neutral Scandinavian is all about soft, comfy and cozy, on repeat. In this dorm room, our designers incorporated a bed, dresser and desk with clean lines and tapered legs to give off a mid-century modern flair – and define the softer, cozier accents.
Luckily, our designers came up with a clever solution: the instant photo display. To make your own:
- Position 10 – 15 pushpins into a wall.
- Tie the end of a roll of twine around one.
- Loop the twine around each of the others, so that it creates a grid of intersecting lines.
- When you get to the final pushpin, use scissors to cut off the remaining twine.
- Tie the last bit of the twine you’ve used to the pushpin.
- Using binder clips or clothespins, arrange mini snapshots of friends, family and favorite memories along the twine.
Dorm #2: Monochromatic
One of the challenges in decorating a small space is how to keep things simple, versatile and inspired. Yet for the monochromatic modern dorm, our designers managed to do just that – by sticking to a clean color palette, pops of geometrics and cozy, distressed finishes.
DIY Dorm Room Decor: Record Wall
What You’ll Need:
- Mounting tape
For the monochromatic modern dorm, we wanted to incorporate statement art that would add visual interest to the walls – while also serving as an expression of personal hobbies/interest. A display of vinyl records was the perfect way to do this.
- Gather a few old vinyl records. In this dorm, we used nine to create three rows of three, but you can make the record wall as big or small as you want.
- Choose records based on the colors of their labels, and lay out the arrangement on the floor to plan where you want each color to be in the display.
- Then, use mounting tape to secure each record to the wall, and step back and marvel at your rockin’ style.
Dorm #3: Boho
Boho style embodies the fun, creative and free spirit, so our designers’ number-one priority in creating the look was to keep things light and airy. Simple steps, like swapping out a traditional desk chair for a rattan chair and incorporating (lots of) flowers went a long way in making this possible.
DIY Dorm Room Decor: Flower Wall
What You’ll Need:
- Faux flowers
- Mounting tape
Flowers were a big part of the process that went into creating the boho dorm, and for good reason! Breezy, natural and colorful, floral decor embodies the spirit of boho to a tee.
– Chelsea Savala, Visual Stylist
- Look for faux flowers at a craft store, and pick out 30-40 of your favorites.
- In our display, we used three main colors – orange, red and white – to keep a bright, warm motif, though you can use however many colors you wish!
- Lay them down on your floor for a “practice” layout, and then use mounting tape to apply them to your wall in a grid arrangement.
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