5 Ways to Personalize Your Dorm

Fun fact: I move into my dorm in less than a month. I can't believe that in a little over two weeks I finally get to move into my new home for the next year. My roommates and I are so excited, and for the past couple of months, I have been planning my living space. Today I am sharing some very exciting pieces of my room and our living room! 

It's pretty well know that I don't handle change too well, and this is the first time I have ever moved. I've lived in the same room for 18 years, so moving was a big change for me. I definitely knew that I wanted my dorm to feel really homey and to feel like me. I spent weeks (maybe months?) searching through Pinterest, looking at dorm rooms, so I could find the best ways to make my room feel a little more like home. (This kind of a pre-"dorm haul" haul. I'll have two posts featuring everything I got up next week.)

Monograms | Obviously if it's not moving, monogram it, and that includes your walls. This is probably the most basic thing in the entire world, but I honestly love seeing hanging monograms above beds in dorms. Etsy offers so many options for wooden monograms. You can basically get any size, font, and color you want to match your dorm. I have no idea where mine is from because my mom ordered it for me, but I am pretty sure it's 18 or 24 inches, and I got mine unpainted because I wasn't sure what color I wanted yet. I ended up spray painting it pink with paint I got from Michael's.

I basically monogrammed my entire room. Okay, that's a little exaggeration, but in addition to my wall monogram, I got my pillow shams and towels monogrammed at a local store. I am obsessed with my monogram, so I naturally tried to put it on everything. I am actually glad that I have my own room, so my roommates won't get annoyed with my obsession. ;)

Art & Photos | I've known for a while that I wanted a gallery wall in my room, but I thought our living space could use some decoration too. I ordered Evelyn Henson prints for my roommates and me based on where we lived and then a Tuscaloosa one obviously. I got Atlanta (three of us are from there!), Knoxville, and Tuscaloosa to hang in our living room. I know college students aren't made of money and neither am I, so I searched for free printables to hang up in my room. I absolutely love Chicfetti's prints, and Cathleen did a great post gathering some of her favorite prints. I just found ones that went with my color scheme and matched my personality. You can also make your own prints using programs like Photoshop, Canva, or Publisher. Just print them out, and you can find some cheap frames to hang them up.

I also wanted to be able to have an easy way to put up photos of me and my friends from home and add photos my new friends as the year went on. I spent some time going through photos and saving my favorites to print and put in my dorm.  I actually got this idea from Dorothy. I bought a new cork board to fit under my desk hutch, which was one of her must-haves for college, so I could fill it up with photos to look at while I study.

Area Rug | I got this idea from Abbey (who goes to Alabama too). I had never really thought about adding a rug to my room until I watched her dorm tour, and I knew that I had to have one as well. It just makes the room feel less like a dorm and more like an actual room. Again, this is something my mom ordered for me. She saw it on Wayfair, and it was exactly what I had been looking for since my room is going to be mostly navy, white, and gold. I am pretty sure I got the 5' x 7' one since my room is only 9' x 11'.

Headboard | I feel like everyone and their mothers has a headboard in their dorm room now, but again I am fully behind this. Again, I was inspired by Dorothy. Creating a headboard is another incredibly easy way to make a dorm feel less like a dorm and more like an actual room, and it's another fun way to incorporate your color scheme.

Decorative Pillows | As someone who has never had decorative pillows, I went a little overboard on buying pillows. I got this one from Hobby Lobby, this one from Target, and this one and this one from Stein Mart. I think decorative pillows help make a room showcase your personality more. I am not sure what I am going to do with all these pillows. One might go on my desk chair, and if all else fails, I will put some in our living room.

Definitely check out Brooke's video from last month too!
xx, jKm

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