What to Read Next

How to set up a stylish dorm room on a dime

Lia Grainger
Shine On
August 23, 2012

For many students, dorm room living is a surprisingly thrilling prospect. There are the new friends and roommates, the escape from mom and pop, and — at last —  a place to call their own.

Unfortunately, dorm rooms themselves are generally not the most spectacular of spaces, but there are a number of easy tips that students can follow to make the most of a limited space and an even more limited budget.

"Most dorm rooms are fairly small and plain. There's usually only space for a bed, a desk and a roommate," says Shelly Kiroff, senior vice president of home and electronics at Walmart. "The easiest way for students to create a fun and exciting dorm space is with colour. Bold colours, playful patterns and different textures can add flare and personality to any space."

Also see: Celebrities who live in modest homes

She suggests colourful bedding as a good place to start, after all, there's a good chance that bed will be taking up the majority of the room. Adding an area rug can also jazz things up.

"Look for colours and patterns that complement bedding and accents," says Kiroff.

She also recommends multipurpose items such as storage ottomans, which an be used as a seat, bedside table and storage unit.

Nate Nerkus of The Nate Nerkus Show points out that a daybed can also work as a couch is an elegant alternative to a futon. He says it's important to declutter and to designate a specific place where each belonging goes, that way it will be easy to keep everything tidy and organized.

Also see: Incredible homes made from shipping containers

Finally, there are some fun finishing touches that can really make the place feel like home.

"Buy fresh flowers from the supermarket or use a beautiful container to store your toothbrush," Nerkus tells O, The Oprah Magazine, while Kiroff recommends colourful toss cushions and softer reading lamps and task lights.

Last but not least, don't forget where you came from: a few small items from home can be a comforting reminder that a loving chat with your parents — and $50 loan for that weekend out with the girls — is always just a phone call away.

Watch the video below about how to make your futon more comfortable.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Military Mortgage Rates In 2016

Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Why You Should Pay Attention to Free Sample Sites

Sign up now for freebies so good you will feel guilty not paying for them! No credit card or purchase necessary.

Find Out Anything About Anyone. Enter Any Name.

A new site has made it easy to find out the truth about the people you already know and people you meet! Simply type in a name and select a state!

Shop Boutique Finds Up to 70% Off Here!

Discover the site millions of women visit everyday!

Hurry, Don't Be Late For This Very Important Deal!

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Exclusive Titles, Merchandise, Offers & Discounts. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Do NOT pay your insurance until you try this.

If you drive less than 55 miles/day OR have no DUI's you can get auto insurance for as low as $29/ Month! See if you qualify.

A Nutritious Bowl for About $0.50

You can get a nutritious bowl of cereal and milk for about $0.50 per serving. Click to save $1 off any two boxes of General Mills cereals.

Delta SkyMiles® Card

Earn 35,000 Miles with Platinum Delta Credit Card. Apply Today!