Ideas for decorating a dorm room include gender-based, modern or graphics-based designs. The essentials of decorating a dorm room are selecting proper bedding and utilizing space.
"Girly" decor is very popular for young college women. Feminine pieces such as floral bedding, decorative mirrors and color-blocked accessories make up a feminine dorm room. Dorm rooms for males quite often include showcasing their interests with posters and memorabilia. Bedding in this case is often monochromatic or striped.
Modern decor is popular for dorm rooms. Quite often these designs feature bright color and bold patterns. Accessories within the room pull out the colors from the main bold print while maintaining clean lines. Another option is to apply a decal to the wall, such as a city scene, and keep the rest of the decor monochromatic or in black and white.
Space sharing is essential in a dorm room. Cubed bookcases are one way to create division within a shared area. Beds can also be encased in drapery to create a feeling of privacy. Likewise, every inch of space should be used wisely. Storage bins can be slid under the bed, and wall-mounted shelving provides additional space. Likewise, Men's Health recommends placing a bolster-style pillow on the bed with several smaller cushions, converting the bed into seating.