It's hard to believe it was eleven years ago that we MoS girls moved into our college dorm rooms. Pardon the cliche, but it sort of feels like yesterday. At UVa, I was lucky enough to move into the "old dorms" (Lefevre!) which are classic on the outside and a bit spartan on the inside. Cinderblock walls and the like. And I was a bit less design-inclined than I am now. Yes, there were Dave Matthews posters involved (*cringe*)! But c'mon, it was Charlottesville, and it was 1999...
Have you seen the dorm room inspiration of Maximilian Sinstenden that was featured in New York Magazine last year? No surprises that he was a protege of Bunny Williams. Any good dorm room design discussion should probably start with a spin around his room. Yes, it safe to say that Max is definitely a maximalist (heh) but there's no denying it's maximalism done right. And it also helps not to have a roommate to get in your way.
Today, however, MoS Charlotte and I have put together a little bit of inspiration for those of you who aren't inclined to roll up on move-in day with paint rollers, nine boxes of wall art, and 826 Italian silk ties. There is a happy medium between buying out Bed, Bath & Beyond or going a bit overboard on the trad like our dear friend Maxy.
Here's MoS Charlotte's take on a sophisticated, fresh dorm room based on a soothing green and blue color scheme. She had to divide it into two pictures to get everything in! I wish I'd had this inspiration when I was entering college.
Storage Sofa, Pillows, Honeycomb Bedding, Macbeth Striped Magnet Board, Ikat Bowl, Vintage Map Calendar, Lamp, Elephant Hamper, Jonathan Adler Bookends
Curtains, Monogrammed Towels, Lucite Desk Chair, Dash and Albert Rug, Drawer Knobs, Octopus Plates, Storage Boxes, Mirror
Bohemian Medallion Duvet Cover - College is not clean. Have you ever seen a fraternity basement in the daytime? Get a duvet so you can wash it. Ideally more than once a semester. But let's not get too ambitious...
Coat Rack - You'll need it! Those closets are SMALL for one person, but having to share with someone else is the greatest lesson in compromise you will ever learn.
Rug- Something under your feet other than cold linoleum is essential! And don't spend a fortune because you'll definitely want to chuck it at the end of the year.
Dorm Fridge- In an ideal world, this holds your "healthy snacks" that will tide you over when you can't make it to the dining hall. In the real world, this holds very cheap beer, or perhaps a box of Franzia if you are feeling particularly flush one week.
Clip Lamp/Task Lamp - While ostensibly colleges try to match you with a roommate based on whether you are a night person or a morning person, we all know that when mom is looking over your shoulder, no one's going to admit their preferred bedtime is 3am. Thus task lighting is key to maintaining harmony when one roommate loves turning in at 10pm after watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie (not making this up, folks) and other other likes to stay up late
downloading songs on Napster and instant messaging while eating Cup 'o Noodles studying.
We hope you enjoyed dorm room design day! Any ideas from our readers for college-bound students?