Tips on planning and decorating dormitories

Moving in to your student dorm could be a hectic process and requires a lot of planning. On the bright side, this is where you will be able to express yourself visually and to decorate a space that suits your taste and meets your needs. Decorating your dorm room in a healthy and planned manner will also enhance your psychological state of mind and academic performance; basically this room will become your home. The following are some tips based on my personal experience that can be helpful when decorating your dorm room.

  • Utilize natural light effectively. Place suitable furniture next to your window to enjoy a snack, meal, or a read while visually communicating with the outdoors. This will boost your energy and mood.
  • Choose your posters wisely. Most students get excited when it comes to decorating their walls or pinup boards. Choose what inspires you, and what reminds you of good memories. This could be your favorite city (New York backdrop in my case), pictures of family and friends, or your favorite artist.
  • Add greenery to your interior. Plants have a refreshing impact on the psychology of an individual.
  • Consider space hierarchy and definition, which is crucial for an organized lifestyle. Specify a place for storage, studying, sleeping, and dining in your room; even if it doesn’t exceed 15 sqm.
  • Keep your floor warm. A small carpet or rug is always a great idea to warm up the atmosphere and get you feeling cozier. In many cases, some tiles don’t look that great and just need covering.
  • Invest in your bed. A comfortable mattress, combination of pillows and a collection of throw-blankets are all essential to enjoying a good, healthy sleep.
  • Lighting comes in different forms. Other than natural light, you will need to enhance the lighting of the space. You can create different ambiances in one space by controlling artificial light. Use bright, powerful lights during studying (white light is known to keep you alert). For quieter ambiances, use softer lights as side lamps (yellow light is more soothing)
  • Last but not least, stick to your budget and do not overdo it. Remember that this is temporary accommodation and you will have to get rid of your furniture as soon as you are out. Therefore, create a prioritized list and spend wisely.
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