Dorm Decor: Making the Most of a Small Space

posted Feb 16, 2011, 10:29 PM by College Gloss   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 12:05 PM by Stephany F. ]

One of the hardest aspects of living in a college dorm is adjusting to the size of the room. You will have
to make some compromises when decorating for a smaller room, but think of it as an opportunity to get
creative. Below are some tips on making the most of a small space:

Keep it Minimal

A small room can look even smaller if you have too many things cluttering up the space.  Keep it simple by getting rid of unnecessary items.  Throw away last semester's notes, sell back your old textbooks, and donate any old clothes you don't wear anymore.  Keep it lookin' clean by keeping small trinkets and random tidbits in shoeboxes or storage bins.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors help reflect light to make a room look larger, and add a decorative touch to any bare wall.  Plus, extra mirrors are definitely useful if you need to touch up and your roommate is hogging up the bathroom. Try hanging up a long mirror on a wall horizontally or search for a mirror with decorative edges.

Open Up Your Space

Try to keep your room as open as possible so that it will look larger.  Don't place any furniture in the middle of a walkway, keep chairs tucked in and resist turning your room into a maze.

Double Duty Storage

Invest in space saving furniture. Try an ottoman that doubles as a filing bin, or a television table
with storage compartments.  This way, you'll both get to store untidy books and papers out of the way while keeping your room furnished and clean.

Splash Some Color

Avoid dark colors, which can make the room look smaller. Instead try to incorporate either light shades or bright colors.  Add some colorful touches with fresh flowers or spring-inspired prints on your bedspread or curtains.

Were you able to make the most of a small space? Send your pictures to editor@collegegloss.com.

By: Anuli Akanegbu
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