The Dorm Room Diva: Three Tips to Make Your Living/Learning Space Fabulous

Ebony Says…

School is back in session, but thanks to COVID-19, it looks a little different this year. Whether you’re going back to campus, or learning from home, you deserve a great space to call your own. After all, this is where you’re going to be spending a good bit of your time.

Sure, you could be like everyone else and slap a poster on your wall and call it a day. But you are not like everyone else – you’re amazing. Shouldn’t your room be as marvelous as you are? Darn right! So, let’s get started. Here are three, simple tips to take your dorm room, or bedroom, from drab to absolutely fab.

Tip #1: Wrap it in Wallpaper

Let’s start with those four boring walls that surround your room (or two walls if you share a dorm room). They are your key to fabulosity. We’re going to take things to a whole other level with wallpaper.

I know what you’re thinking. But trust me – this isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper. Modern peel-and-stick wallpaper is just one big sticker, which makes it easy to put up and take down without any damage. And it comes in all kinds of fun patterns. There’s truly something for everyone. Not sure where to start? You can try Drop it Modern or Tempaper – they both have great options.

Once you have your wallpaper, you can apply it from ceiling to floor, or can go for a cozy, wrap-around feel by stopping your paper slightly below the middle of the wall. Are you working with cinderblock walls? No problem! They actually come in handy with peel-and-stick wallpaper because they make it easy to apply.

Pro Tip: Easily remove any bubbles by running over the wallpaper with a credit card.

Tip #2: Create an Inspiration Wall

What’s that, you ask? It’s the kind of wall that makes you feel motivated when you look at it. In a word, it makes you feel – inspired. It should be filled with things that make you want to take action. Looking at it should make you want to say, “Look out world, here I come!”

Photos, phrases, paintings, drawings – it’s all fair game. Whether it’s Keith Harring or your mother, feel inspired in your space by adding items to your walls that make you feel good. You can stick to a certain theme – or not. The main thing is to pick items that speak to you and make the space feel like yours.

To help you plan, you can venture down to your local HomeGoods or Target and take photos of things that you like. You can also create a folder on Pinterest where you can store ideas that inspire you. Then decide on a budget, create your plan and make it happen.

Pro Tip: If your artwork or picture frame is too heavy or difficult to hang, cut around the image you want to display and tape it to your wall with colorful or patterned tape. You can also use CommandTM Strips, but be aware they don’t work on all walls.

Tip #3: Decorate Your Desk

Yes, I said desk. If you’re going to be serious about studying, you’re going to need one. There will be no sitting on the sofa or bed to do your schoolwork. As fabulous as you may be, you still need to buckle down and get to work on occasion. This is school, after all.

To give your schoolwork the attention it deserves, you need a separate study space. But just because it’s a serious space doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Take some of that pizazz you put on your walls and use it as inspiration to jazz up your desk. Again, this is YOUR space, so decorate it with things that make you feel special.

Need some ideas? Get a cool light box and create phrases, buy a funky desk lamp or find a fabulous furry chair that speaks to your inner diva. Just don’t get too carried away. Remember, your desk still needs to be functional, so leave room for your laptop, paper, pens and whatever else you need.

Pro Tip: Do you get cold often? Buy a cute throw blanket and drape it over the back of your chair so you can easily grab it when it gets chilly.

The Wrap-Up

To sum it up, creating an awesome sleeping/learning space doesn’t have to be complicated. Remember, you’ll be spending a lot of time here, so you want this room to make you feel amazing. By using a little creativity to jazz up your walls and decorate your desk, you can create a space that reflects your true self.

Ebony Staten is a chic geek, interior stylist and founder of the trendy blog The Vogue Room. She strongly believes one’s killer sense of style must match their living space and she helps clients bring this out in their homes. Ebony’s nonprofit, The Vogue Room Foundation, provides a dorm room makeover to one minority, first-generation college student each year. Winston-Salem State University was the location of this year’s dorm room makeover.