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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.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.