Moving to college can be the most exciting time for a young adult. Moving to a new city, making new friends, and most importantly having a space to call their own. Luckily, I moved with my best friend where I was able to make an extremely cute dorm with someone who understood what a budget meant.
The first step we took in designing our dorm room was picking a color theme. I highly recommend doing this because you might not agree with your roommate on all style pieces, but sticking to a color scheme can make the space tie together but still allowing each personal styles to be shown.
The second step we decided was matching comforters and blankets. This was something so simple that made our room look matched. We each went out and got different pillows and wall accessories, but the basic bedding kept the perfect amount of shared aesthetic to make the room come together. I believe that you can get away without matching bedding and still have a successful dorm room, but look how cute these colors turned out!
We chose to do a light blue and gray to keep the room neutral but also have pops of color throughout. With two different personalities, we both made out walls unique to our own style. My side consisted of New York City themed wall décor, where my roommate pulled together a style of Paris and Polaroids. The key thing to realize is a number of differences we had in our room, but simple colors made this a perfect dorm room.
The third step is to make your side all about you! Being on a budget, I bought a few posters from Hobby Lobby and then brought pictures and décor from home to give my side a homey feel. This is very easy to do on a budget especially when ordering posters from Amazon, allowing for amazing deals and fast delivery. The two accent pillows were bought from Etsy, giving my style of traveling and photography to pop. Each aspect of my side was something I loved and was fun to see every day.
Under my bed, I kept my laundry basket, along 3 plastic containers that had 3 drawers in each. This was perfect for clothes that could not fit in the shared closet between my roommate and I. I highly recommend buying these from Wal-Mart, and even though they are a PAIN to move they create so much storage it is worth it.
The fourth step includes getting the basics for the common area. This was actually the cheapest part of the dorm décor. We decided to design the bathroom are with unique glass bottles that we found at the dollar store. Everything pictured above including the bottles, mason jars, Q-tip holders, and more were found at the Dollar Tree or the Target dollar section. These simple pieces added a fun and colorful design to the bathroom areas and each piece only cost a dollar! Our makeup holders came from T.J. Maxx, and honestly we didn’t try to match these they were just so perfect we both grabbed them. In the entry way to our room, we grabbed the hanging clips from the sale online at Urban Outfitters.
We happened to get some friends to come live with us in our dorm room, which made it so fun and lively. You don’t have to get a pet to have fun, but this shared cubicle literally made life extremely easy. We were able to hold a bunch of random things in the boxes creating easy but cute storage spaces.
Creating a dorm room can be pricey but check the dollar sections, create a plan with your future roommate, and pick your perfect style and you will have the perfect dorm room in no time!