4 Ways To Go From Dorm Drab to Fab (Plus, Win $1000!)

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We love watching home remodeling and decorating shows, and we’re big on pinning stylish spaces on our Pinterest feed. But even with all the inspiration and know-how, we still need some help making our plain dorm room go from drab to fab.

Transforming your room can be one of the coolest parts of living in the dorm. But did you know that by being yourself and expressing your own, unique style, you could win a $1000 college scholarship? Pick up some decorating tips, then head to the end of this article to see how you could win big with OCM’s Room Goals contest!

 

Find a Fun Rug

While you may think it’s the bedding that draws everyone into a small space like a dorm room, it’s really the floor! But dorm rooms are notorious for dated linoleum or scratched up tiles. Say no more to cold feet and hideous floors by finding a stylish and practical rug.

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Because they are larger in size, they can really help tie in a look or theme. Like the vintage look? Go with a patterned, light colored rug. Need an explosion of color? Go bold with blue, purple, red, and black. Whatever your look, a rug is the perfect highlighting piece for your dorm room.

 

Incorporate Wall Art

Years of wear and tear can make a dorm room feel run down. And who wants to be reminded by old holes in the wall or tape marks that you’re not the first to live there? No way! Instead, make your room completely yours with wall art that is expressive.

One of the best ways to make wall art stand out is to mix up sizes and styles. Add a large, inspirational message canvas with smaller framed pictures of your friends at the beach. Hang your favorite movie poster with string lights. You can even make wall art functional by adding shelving underneath or using framed mirrors.

 

Add a Wall Tapestry

Tapestries are coming back big-time this year thanks to the boho look. Hippy styles are totally on trend, which means you’ll want to look out for mandalas and tie-dye in a mix of earthy and vibrant colors.

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Placement matters when it comes to tapestries. Our favorite location is across from windows where it will get natural light or serving as a makeshift headboard for the top of your bed. This will draw the eye to your personal space.

 

Experiment with Removable Wall Paper

Shhh… don’t tell anyone else, but the best, easiest, and cheapest way to completely make over your room is by using removable wall paper. It doesn’t take much time or effort, but by using wall paper on a focal wall (the largest blank space available), you can take a blank canvas and reimagine it completely.

Don’t be afraid to go big with your wallpaper. And play around with color or printed texture matched with your bedding. The best part is that if you don’t like it, it isn’t permanent. When you want a change or the semester ends, you simply remove it and start over again!

 

 

Don’t stop with just these four tips! Go for your own look and share it with OCM. One stylish dorm room will win its owner a $1,000 tuition credit and a ton of bragging rights. Want to learn how you can enter? Check out the Room Goals contest to see how you can enter your made-over dorm room here.

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