A great way to add detail to your room is with specialized pillows. It is an easy way to make a big impact.
Attached is a link to a site where you can learn how to customize your own pillows.
The area under your bed can be a valuable place for additional storage. Bed risers can be purchased for under $10 at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. They will make space available to place drawers, where you can keep extra belongings.
Tip: If you have a twin-sized bed, purchase a full or queen-sized comforter and it will conceal the storage area.
My current project is focused on creating a warm and inviting space in my apartment living room. With four girls, it is important to incorporate everyone into the design. After all, each room should tell the story of the people who live there.
I will achieve this by creating a picture wall behind the couch that adds interest and scale to the room.
Holiday lights are not just for the holiday season! They can add spectacular drama to your space. Hung by small adhesive hooks, strings of lights can provide ambient light.
Just make sure that you use surge protectors in your dorm room.
Covering your walls with artwork is a great way of spicing up bland walls.
For example, photo boards make a great addition to your room. Not only do they add color and interest, but they connect you to important people and places. They can be made from cork board or can be covered with material that coordinates with your room, as seen below (picture 1).
Another option is to buy pre-made canvases, or paint your own! This, too, can be seen below (picture 2). Tapestries are also very popular.
Curtains complete a room and make it feel inviting. Pick a color fabric that compliments your bedding. If you used fabric on your closet, coordinate your curtains with them. This will give a unified feel and carry the color around the room.
Below you will see several different examples of window treatments. Curtain rods may be made from PVC pipe for only a few dollars (as seen in pictures 2-6). If your window is very large, PVC pipe makes it affordable to customize your curtains.
When working with cinderblock (as seen in pictures 2-3), run a 2×4 inch board up the wall to the desired height. Mount a rod bracket to the board and hang your curtain rod from that.
If you do not have doors on your closet, you will want to add curtains to make the room look nicer. Tension rods can be purchased for under $10 at Walmart and Target. Ready-made curtains will make the transition easier, but a custom look can be achieved by making curtains from table covers or bedsheets. Using iron-on adhesive tape to complete a rod pocket will make custom curtains a snap!
When it comes to storage, accessorize your closet with hanging shoe-holders and organizational compartments. If you have a shelf in your closet, use bins to separate your items.
Carpeting will ground your space and will make your room look warmer. It will not only be more pleasant to walk on, but it will make the room more welcoming. Large remnants can be purchased for low prices at Lowes, Home Depot, or other carpeting warehouses.