Back to school is a wild time of year. Schedules get thrown into disarray, nerves are at maximum capacity, and the whirlwind of exertion proceeds well into the holiday season. There is one exception to the harried back-to-school horde, however, and that is the college student, thrilled at the opportunity to decorate a brand new dorm room. Whether you’re a returning student bent on incorporating new trends into your interior dorm design or a freshman with a flair for decorating, making a small indistinct dorm room into a living space full of personality and warmth is worth every bit of effort.
Start with a color pallet of 3-5 colors, including one light neutral and one dark neutral. Once you've committed to a color scheme, many of your design elements will fall flawlessly in place.
Regardless of whether or not your room is carpeted, consider a flashy throw rug to anchor your space with a bit of frivolity. Busy patterns will mask all the inevitable blemishes your rug will acquire and are a great way to incorporate more than one color from your palette.
Put effort into dressing your windows. An easy drape in a complementary color can transform a wall from drab to show-stopping. Fun details like valances or decorative ties can elevate a basic curtain to an almost ostentatious level.