Dorm rooms aren’t what they used to be.
Not that long ago (relatively speaking), college rooms had blah cinderblock walls, cold linoleum floors and blinds over the windows. Students would fancy up their living quarters with a ribcord bedspread and a blanket, maybe a throw pillow, possibly a die-hard green plant and some posters attached to the wall with sticky stuff that looked like light gray chewing gum. The height of college dorm living meant having a cube-shaped fridge rented from the campus life department or its equivalent, the most basic microwave on the market and maybe a four-cup coffee maker.
Now, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram are gorging on gorgeous rooms that put many a master bedroom to shame. Fluffy hassocks and throw rugs, luxurious comforters, midcentury-style sofas, custom window treatments and single-cup coffee makers are filling our social media feeds. Raised beds, once unusual, now are almost standard, providing extra storage space behind beautiful bedskirts that match the bedding above.
In case you think this is a girls-only trend, guys’ rooms are getting decidedly more design minded, too, albeit in a much more masculine vein.
This year, designing eyes are focused on a dorm room at Mississippi State University, designed by After Five Designs, based in Jackson with retail space in Oxford. Southern Living, Teen Vogue and Popsugar, among others, have posted about the cream and dusty teal room with accents referencing oh-so-current millennial pink. A variety of textures in the custom-made bedding, layers of blankets and sophisticated but youthful accessories highlight the space.
So, how about your dorm room? We want to see how you used your creativity and fashion sense in your own college space. Send us your photos in the comments to be added to the photo gallery. Be sure to include the school you’re attending and when you’ll graduate. We’re looking forward to seeing your designs!