Leah Reed Foster, University of Georgia '15, is a college rep for American Made Dorm. She wrote today's column. Heading off to college can be a scary thing. You leave behind your friends and family and are thrown into a new environment. Even worse, you’re forced to share a shoebox with a potential stranger. And how are you supposed to make this concrete box feel like something you can call home? Well, I found that making my dorm room cozy and comfortable helped me to help me cope with all of these new changes. Here are a few tips to help make your dorm room feel like home:
- Pick bedding fabrics and colors you love. I know this sounds a little self-explanatory, but the fabric you choose sets the tone for the whole room. You can choose to go with muted colors for a more serene feel, or pick vibrant colors and make your room bright and fun. Which ever route you choose, make sure you absolutely love it!
- You don’t have to match your roommate. I know a lot of girls feel like they have to select matching comforters or duvet covers. However, you can each show your own personality while still color-coordinating. One of you may select a fun print, and the other may select a solid to compliment the pattern.
- Curtains and Rugs make all the difference. When I walked into my dorm room for the first time, I was appalled that someone expected me to live in a cement block. However, adding curtains and a rug really warmed up the space. The fabric provides a contrast and softens harshness of the floor and walls. It also can add a pop of color to break up the beige walls and floor. Curtains also help block out that early morning sun on Saturday mornings!
- Pictures…lots and lots of pictures. Pictures remind you family and friends from home. Soon you’ll be adding new pictures of friends whom you meet at school that become like family.