Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dorm Room Design Day

When a reader, Tenia, e-mailed me asking if I would participate in "Dorm Room Design Day" I gladly said "yes"! However life has been c-c-c-razy (I know I say that a lot but it seems to never change) and I ran out of time to do an inspiration board. So...not wanting to be a complete party pooper I did pull together some inspiration for all those heading for dorm life. Starting with color...if you can paint your dorm room I say go for a bold color choice. You are young, free and in temporary housing, go BIG while it is fun.... Instead of boring bookshelves think outside the box for storage. A funky piece or painted piece like the one below would look great....
You will need a chair and I definitely say go for pattern....
Speaking of seating these poufs are cute and perfect for extra seating when friends are around...oh and let's not forget a fun rug....
I wish statement making headboards were around when I was in college. Tall and tufted makes me smile every time...
Dorms can feel so sterile...adding a little feminity never hurt....oh and lucite works great in a small space...
Don' t be distressed by a cramped room, good things come in small packages...
A gallery wall of favorite things can make home feel a little closer...
Or go for some large art, it doesn't have to be fancy to have style....

Thank you Tenia for asking me to be a part of Dorm Room Design Day. All the images here are from Domino. For more inspiration be sure to stop by these blogs all participating in DRDD...

6th Street Design School http://6thstreetdesignschool.blogspot.com/
Aesthetic Oiseau http://www.aestheticoiseau.com/
Caitlin Creer Interiors http://www.caitlincreer.com/
Design Darling http://mackenziehoran.blogspot.com/
Emily A Clark http://emilyaclark.blogspot.com/
High Heeled Foot in the Door http://high-heelfootinthedoor.blogspot.com/
I Suwanee http://www.isuwannee.com/
Kelly Green http://www.kellygreeninteriors.com/
Loft & Cottage http://loftandcottage.blogspot.com/
Matters of Style http://www.mattersofstyleblog.com/
My Favorite
and My Best http://www.myfavoriteandmybest.com/
Perfectly Taylor'd http://perfectlytaylord.blogspot.com/
Small Place Style http://smallplacestyle.blogspot.com/
Three Men and A Lady http://windhula.blogspot.com/
Visual Vamp http://visualvamp.blogspot.com/

15 comments:

I'maNolaGirl said...

The bookshelf substitue is fantastic! I love that bright color!! And that headboard - I'd love that in my room now. It's such a statement!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

ah ha! Now it makes sense, dorm design day, wondered why I was suddenly seeing so many posts on dorm rooms. They have certainly come a long way since I attended college, an entire industry seems to emerged around decorating and outfitting dorm rooms. Great images...Janell

JMW said...

If only my dorm room could have looked something like this! Unfortunately, it was a match box with a view. :) Great ideas!

Acquired Objects said...

Shame my dorm room never looked like that and forgive me but way to much PINK in all the rooms....lol. How fun designing a dorm room.

casey at loft and cottage said...

Great suggestions, Marianne, and inspiring images. Wasn't it fun to put yourself in a student's shoes for a bit?

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Fabulous job Marianne. My daughter sent me a text yesterday to say she got a corner dorm room so she will now have a bit more space. All such great ideas. Wish they could paint, & the bed is built in. But, where there is inspiration there is a way!! xx

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cupcake monkey said...

Great spaces!! I sure wish my dorm room looked as nice as these!!

paula said...

so fun! my college dorm was awful and my college apartment wasnt much better.

Shelby said...

Great pictures! I love them! :)

Sweet Nothings said...

where was this seven years ago!-omg, its been seven years since ive lived in a dorm!

Susie M said...

I don't think my daughter saw the floor of her dorm room until spring when she packed to go. lol The poufs are an outstanding idea for a dorm room. They are portable, multifunctional and can add some color and flair. It is amazing how much a little effort on decor can brighten up those dingy dorm rooms.

Anonymous said...

Are you serious? Have you ever seen an actual dorm room? Not only are there rules like not painting the walls, most universities have strict policies against bringing in additional furniture. Most importantly, dorm rooms in general are teeny tiny. These tips of yours are more appropriate for a first apartment, especially the studio variety.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I shopped at http://www.dormco.com/?Click=18851 for my dorm essentials. I bought my bedding needs, my refridgerator/freezer (an absolute must....TRUST me when I say you will need the freezer), and all of my bathroom essentials. It was fantastic since it all shipped to my house for $2.95. The first night of school my roommate and I shopped online together for the decorations, rugs, seating and furniture. Again we paid the same shipping and it was sent directly to our dorm. What a fantastic service, and one that this college senior will use to furnish her apartment after graduation : )

Double Glazing Worcester said...

Lovely stuffs, I also love the color its very girly. How I wish I ca have this at home.