Q: I'm moving to college next year. I want my dorm room to be cute, but I still want to be able to study there. What should I do?— Chelsea
A: The trick to making a dorm room cute with a serene study space is balancing style and organization. There are a lot of things you can do to create a cute sleep and study space in a snap.
Start with Color
Color is key. Choose a soothing bright tone that keeps you alert but isn't distracting, like a pale yellow, but not a bright neon yellow. Avoid colors that are too dark or warm. They'll make a dorm room feel smaller and can even make you feel a little sleepier too! You need to be awake to hit the books!
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Focus on Studies
Sleep is important, but you're going to college to learn so your study space is key. If your dorm provides you with a desk, outfit it with functional coordinating accessories like filing systems, magazine racks and bulletin boards. If you get to bring in your own desk, choose one with lots of cubbies and storage. The idea is to make sure all of your stuff is organized but within easy reach.
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Nothing makes studying harder than a dimly lit room. You should definitely have a good, bright desk lamp, but remember you won't just study at your desk, so consider other lighting too. Try a coordinating floor lamp placed near a comfy beanbag chair, and a light to go above your bed so you can stretch out and read.
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The Best Bed
Now that your desk is taken care of, it's time to decorate. The biggest item in your room will definitely be your bed, so pick linens that you love and that complement the color scheme you've chosen. Have some fun with pillows in different colors and textures to mix it up a little. And those are easy to change out when you want a new look.
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Add Some Flair
Finally, it's time to bring in some fun items that give the room some pop and make it feel like home. Frame an artsy poster, make a collage of all your favorite pics from high school, and set up a shelf with treasured items that are unique and interesting. And don't forget a mini-fridge stocked with snacks! You'll want to be prepared for when your new friends pop by for a study break.
Just remember: stay organized, add style and make sure your room is comfortable so it'll be the perfect place for work and play.Check out PBdorm »