Dorm Room Decor: Create a Hip College Hangout

As the home columnist for Wacoan magazine, I’m psyched to share my insights and ideas about interior design and home decor each month. Here’s an excerpt from my current column, “Dorm Room Decor: Create a Hip College Hangout”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the article archive here.

When I was 18, I could not wait to get out of the small square bedroom I’d occupied my entire life and into my own space. My first pre-college summer I scoured flea markets and garage sales for funky finds and used all the money I had from my part-time job to raid Ikea for the coolest accessories a teenager could afford.

I rolled into my first dorm room like a rock star — in my mind, anyway — and had the whole place unpacked, decorated and decked-out to my liking within hours: bed made, posters hung, string lights artfully draped and plugged in. My summertime design planning had paid off, and while I was still stuck with beige walls and bland carpeting, as most dorm-dwellers are, I had done everything in my power to introduce color, pattern, texture and my personal style into this new space. I was home. And I loved every inch of my modest new domain.

I’m going to guess that not every teenager is as prepared, or as into interior design, as I was. But I do feel strongly that creating a fresh space that feels uniquely “them” can really help with the transition from family home to first dorm and set your freshman up for success.

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