With the start of the semester just around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to chat with Emma Beryl, a designer at Homepolish, to get some insider tips on how to decorate your dorm room. Here's how she suggests you should approach designing your new room—on a budget.
Start with a
Even though the floor plan you'll be working with may be small, there's no reason you can't add a splash of
Ruched Duvet Cover, $89
Medallion Comforter, $99
Storage baskets are the key to a clean space.
Because dorm rooms are so small
Metallic Woven Basket, $44
Play with the layout.
"Put things like shelves on the wall so you don’t have to take up your square footage on the floor," says Beryl. "Play around with it and make a new floor plan." Buy something lightweight and versatile, like this wall ladder, which would add a useful touch to any room."
Leaning Storage Rack, $149
Use a fabric pinboard for flawless photo hanging.
“I think it’s cool to bring
Personalized Framed Pinboard, $159
Switch up the lighting.
Most students aren't allowed to swap out their overhead lighting, but a simple way to create a better lit room is by adding a floor or desk lamp. Beryl recommends choosing a light with a warmer temperature as the tones can create a much more welcoming mood. This pineapple lamp adds the perfect amount of whimsy while still offering practical use.
Pineapple Lamp, $88
Upgrade your desk chair.
Odds are you'll be spending quite a bit of time studying and doing homework at your desk. You can easily make the spot more comfortable and chic by draping a faux fur blanket or rug over the back of your chair. Making every aspect of your room feel like home will help you get through those dreadful late night study sessions.
Shearling Rug, $79
Add a big rug to ground the space.
A rug instantly makes a bedroom
Serena Rug, $315
Use a balanced amount of wall art.
A rookie mistake is adding too much decor throughout a small space—there's no reason to have a piece of art or furniture in every nook and cranny of your room. "You need to give your eyes a place to rest," says Beryl. The wall art here is a good example of a well-balanced amount of decor that's not too overwhelming. Try sticking to two or three pieces of art and be sure to leave at least one wall completely free of frames.
Coco Chanel Wall Art, $12.50
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