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Ten Tips for Decorating a Residence Hall Room

It’s back-to-school time for college-bound youngsters. Chances are if you’re a freshman, you may be inexperienced at residence hall life. Here are a few pointers on how to make the best of a small space.

Jack Gentul, dean of student services for New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, says that the best-looking, most functional residence hall rooms he’s seen typically feature one or more of the following 10 items.

Top Ten Decorating Tips:

• Photos of family and friends.

• Plants

• Fish: Some schools allow one ten-gallon tank per room.

• Posters and artwork. Check residence hall requirements for hanging items.

• Color-coordinate bedding, rugs, and accessories. If you can paint the walls, use lighter colors to make the room look larger.

• Consider an area rug.

• For artwork, create a collage atop a self-stick poster board using photographs, advertisement letters, magazine illustrations and more.

• Bubble lamps and/or fiber-optic lamps.

• Colored light bulbs to create mood.

• For a touch of home and wall art, hang high school memorabilia.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.