How to Decorate a Dorm Room

Pick up some dorm room decorating ideas from interior designer Blanche Garcia in this Howcast video.

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So when you're away at college or if you're past that, and you have children at college or you know somebody that just needs some helpful hints, there's a couple of guidelines. Obviously, you're sharing a room with other people and so make sure that you have your own zone. Because even though you have to co-habit with people, you really want to make sure that you feel like you're your own person and you have your own space.

So have a different type of bedding for each side of the room. Make sure that if you're sharing a desk, keep it neat. A simple desk is easy, and also have little carry pods that you can have for your own stuff, so whether it's for toiletries or paperwork or things, pencils, erasers, stuff that you would normally use. But you're sharing space, like bathrooms and a desk, so make sure you have your own area and a little carry-on would be easy, that you can tuck into your closet.

Since you can't paint the walls in a dormitory, a lot of the decals that you find online have different graphics and designs, that you literally can peel and put right on the wall, and then take with you when you're done. It'll make a room feel warm and habitable, but at the same time you're not breaking the rules. And then lastly, I know it's easy to put posters all over the place, but just make sure that if you're sharing your space with somebody else you don't have two completely, different themes going on.

It'll make you feel like you're more in a home than you are in a dormitory. So talk a little bit with your partner and make sure that your artwork or color pallet that you're going after, at least makes sense to the both of you. So that it just feels like one cohesive room and it doesn't feel like you're walking into a big mess. At the end of the day, I think that it's going to make you feel like, even though you're away from home, that you really are home.

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