The Crescent

Dorm Decorating Tips

September 11, 2013

by Leah Abraham

Welcome back, Bruins! Whether this is your first year at George Fox University or0you’re returning to your home away from home, it’s easy to find your dorm room lacking a little color, creativity, or life. Here are a couple of ways you can make a difference0in your space:

Forget hanging Christmas lights on your wall this year. Try something bolder and brighter: marquees. Marquees are0great accents0that brighten0 up any room with0their vibrant vintage vibe. What’s more, marquees can easily be made with the help of some cardboard or Styrofoam, light bulbs, and a handful of other craft supplies. If you want to ditch the light bulbs, consider wrapping the cardboard or Styrofoam cutout with fabric.

Pencil Holders
Another easy (and cheap) way to spruce up your space is by using unconventional items to hold your writing utensils. These could be0old tea cans, decorated mason jars, or drink bottles. Want some bonus points for extra creativity? Try gluing0a cardboard toilet paper tube onto a flat surface and decorating0it.

Closet Curtains
A great way to open up the space in your bedroom, and still0have0easy access to your clothes hanging in the closet, is to take out your closet doors and0add curtains instead. Don’t shy away from getting creative with your curtains! Try draping burlap, or adding ribbons, or even playing with handprint art. Just remember not to tug on the curtains too hard.

Washi Tape
A decoration trend that is quickly becoming very popular is washi tape. Washi tape is a Japanese masking tape made from rice paper that comes in various0colors and patterns. Washi tape can easily make the blank spaces of the wall come to life. For example, tape the borders of bookshelves or doorways, or even spell out words0on the walls. Caution: make sure you test out a small strip of tape to see if0it leaves any residue on the wall. You don’t want to be fined by your RA at the end of the year.

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