When I wrote my first CF dorm room article, I was still anticipating moving into my single at school. Now I’m (almost) all moved in, and I’ve been getting loads of decor ideas and inspiration from my neighbors and new friends!
Over the next few weeks we’ll talk about even more decor ideas, so keep checking back! Every dorm room varies in layout and style, but everyone‘s got photos and posters of some sort in theirs. Simply putting them up with Sticky Tack isn’t very aesthetically pleasing (especially not to you, since you read CF! ), but it can be difficult thinking of inexpensive, creative ways to display your family, friends, and vacation snapshots.
I’m personally a big fan of matte photos – I feel that they look more chic and sophisticated. I’m personally a big fan of matte photos – I feel that they look more chic and sophisticated.
If you’re pressed for time (like I was the night before I left for school), go to your local convenience store like CVS, Rite Aid, or Walgreens. Mix up 2-D and 3-D elements for texture by putting some photos in frames, and leaving some the way they are.
If you want a more eclectic, bohemian feel, the frames can be mismatched, otherwise, choose that can be easily hung up. This is an easy way to arrange photos that are a mix of landscape and portrait, and could make an adorable faux headboard!
For a homey feel, get some twine or similarly thick string, some clothespins, and clip your photos up ! You can even create an interesting collage by alternating photos and quotes, words, or even clipping these to Christmas lights (just use cool LED lights, or keep your photos away from the bulbs to avoid a potential fire hazard)!
Take some inspiration from Banana Republic’s recent storefront displays and cover an entire section of wall in photos ! This requires a bit of work to make sure the pictures are all evenly spaced, but when done right, this looks so cool.
This requires a bit of work to make sure the pictures are all evenly spaced, but when done right, this looks so cool. This adds visual interest, drawing the eye up and making the room seem larger.
To buy posters for room, check out the standard stores like Target, Wal-Mart, and Bed Bath and Beyond. For unique posters, try Etsy, AllPosters, or even local movie theaters!
Have an image you want to blow up and stick on your wall like Lindsay Lohan’s poster of Stu Wolff in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen?
Try The Rasterbator (funny name, awesome tool), which divides your photo into 8.5″ x 11″ segments, which you can then print and arrange as you see fit.
Simply place the lighter-colored ones in one pile and the darker-colored ones in another, keeping them relatively separate when you hang them up. Basically that means to have clear, clean-cut lines that the eye can easily follow, with even spacing in between.
Basically that means to have clear, clean-cut lines that the eye can easily follow, with even spacing in between. Collect things from around your house and at garage sales with distinctive traits, like a campaign sign , retired license plates , or even cardboard cutouts .