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The Insider: 7 Tips to Make a Dorm Room Look Larger

August 29, 2011 5:43 AM

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On-campus living is one of the great college experiences that all students should have. But moving from a cushy room at home to a shared room on campus may take some adjustment. To help with the transition, The Insider offers seven tips to make your room appear larger.

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These tips are courtesy of Emily O’Daniel, a Tulane senior majoring in marketing and finance who also is a style adviser for Dormify.com. The Rockville, Md., native says, “Decorating is more of a hobby for me than a future career plan. I would love to work in graphic design or public relations. Decorating is more of a way to express my creativity.”

Here are Emily’s tips:

1. Under-bed storage drawers: Store little objects that would otherwise create clutter in your room without taking up too much space.

2. Throw pillows: Your bed will look so much bigger and nicer.

3. Ottoman: Not only can this be used as storage, it can be used for seating and as a step stool!

4. Play off the height of the room: Place posters high on your wall. My roommate and I hung Christmas lights along the top of our room, which made it really cozy!

5. Patterned curtains: Use these to cover the opening to your closet and block the view of all your clothes. Even if your closet is organized, lots of clothes shoved into a small space looks cluttered.

6. Rug: Cover that plain dorm floor! If you put it between your bed and your roommate’s, the room will look so much wider.

7. Wall decals: Dress up your room!

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