Allow us to indulge in a bit of a stereotype: By and large, women are much more interested in decorating than men are. Sure, it's a generalization, and it doesn't always hold true (for either gender), but it's typically a pretty safe conclusion to jump to. So with that in mind, let's look at how young ladies -- or design-minded guys -- can add style to a dorm room without breaking the bank.
One of the best ways to decorate on a budget is to accessorize. For a relatively low cost, you can make a design statement. Think of your dorm room as a simple pair of jeans, and the items in your room as apparel accessories. There are many styles you can create; it all depends on what you choose. If you want a sophisticated look, you can wear a sweater and heels with your jeans. If you want a more casual look, just go with a T-shirt and ballet flats. The same principle applies to decorating: Invest in small, inexpensive touches to get the look you want. And, when you're ready to change things up, you can redecorate on the cheap by once again focusing on small items. Here are a few accessories you can look for when decorating your dorm room:
- Picture frames
- Candles and candle holders
- Organizational baskets
- Decorative pillows
- Lamps and lampshades, string lights or paper lanterns
- Wall décor, such as stick-on decals or inexpensive artwork
Many of these items can be found at relatively inexpensive retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target and IKEA. If you're looking for something more unique, browse yard sales and furniture consignment shops.
Those are our tips for women. To find out how guys should decorate on a budget, see the next page.