After you've elbowed your way to the extra-long twin sheets, the mainstream dorm-room design perks seem to end. Here are some original decorative ideas to avoid the dorm décor uniform:
Up against the wall : No, you can't paint your dorm room , but there are more creative loop holes than you might think. Rather than relying on that same old band poster, find an interesting coloring book, cut out the pages, then hang them as wallpaper. Grab a copy of "Between the Lines: A Coloring Book of Drawings by Contemporary Artists," and you could hang drawings by the likes of Sol LeWitt and Andy Warhol . Spend the $17 on the book at unicahome.com, and the proceeds will go toward decorating hospitals .
See the light : College dorm-room lighting is universally dismal. Counterbalance it by getting a few lamps with colored shades—reds and purples work best for a deep, calming light. Windows are another source of hard-to-control light—and dorm room ugliness. Hanging up some old dresses or other favorite garments as curtains can give a fun and unique style to the room and will help filter light. And getting sick of the design will never be an issue—just rotate out for another favorite piece from your wardrobe.
--Annie Greenberg, Tribune Newspapers