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.
• 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.