For incoming college freshmen, a lot of questions surround outfitting a small dorm room.
But as challenging as decorating a new space can be, the process doesn’t have to empty your bank account.
Interior designer Alison Crawford-Roane said she always starts decorating by choosing a fabric color or a pillow she loves and building from there.
Because dorm rooms have minimal lighting, Roane likes to go heavy with lighting fixtures and fabrics in bright colors when decorating to create a homey feel. “It’s a bedroom more than it is a dorm room,” she said.
Roane starts at places such as Home Goods and the online site Mama Cheaps before going to Target or IKEA – even though she likes their products, too. Home Goods and Mama Cheaps have the highest quality products at the cheapest price, she said.
Here are nine cost-efficient decor suggestions for adding personality and utility to your dorm room this fall.