Dorms can go from grim to glamorous
08/18/2007 8:02 AM
08/18/2007 8:03 AM
When you get your first look at a dorm room, your instinct might be to run away.
You’ll probably have four grim walls, most likely concrete block painted in a color suggesting that you’ve been involuntarily committed; two twin beds that might give off the faintest air of mustiness; and a set of battered desks and chairs.
And from this, you’re expected to concoct a cozy little nest that’s so alluring you never want to return to Mom and Dad’s?
“Pretty much it’s a nightmare when you first walk into a dorm room,” says Jeff Gawronski of the online retailer DormBuys.com, which offers everything from space-saving gadgets to combination packs of bedding or cleaning supplies for the college student who wants it all selected, collected and ready to go.
Even so, prettifying a dorm room can be a daunting task.
Fortunately, hundreds of thousands of students have done it before.
Lexington decorator Beth Harper, aka “The Lone Rearranger,” says the key to dorm décor is covering up the room features you don’t like and making a very small space seem more open and inviting.
The solution: color, fabric and light. “You definitely want to do color in everything possible,” she said.
Here are some tips:
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