5 Area Rugs That Are Perfect for College

When your alarm goes off for your early morning class, you’ll want your feet to land on a nice warm rug and not a cold floor. While some of the newer dorms are carpeted, many still have tile floors so consider bringing a dorm rug. It will also add pattern and interest to your room. Dorm rugs also do a great job at camouflaging spills and dirt. Here are five rugs that would be great for your dorm room or college apartment.

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Pattern

It’s smart to choose a bright color or fun pattern for your dorm rug, so you don’t have to worry about friends spilling. Patterns help hide stains.

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Plush

The soft feeling of a plush rug can make a cold dorm room feel warm. Choose a dorm rug that’s shag or has high pile.

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Low Maintenance

Consider a polypropylene rug, which is the easiest to clean as well as the most stain resistant.

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Theme

Use a rug to create a theme for your room. It can be modern or traditional, a color palette or design that inspires the rest of your décor. A dorm rug is an opportunity to add a statement to your room.

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Dark Color

A dark color will help hide the fact that you haven’t vacuumed … since last semester. It will also ground your room, and provide a great sense of contrast.

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College Style for Guys

When it comes to college style for guys, “tricking out” the dorm room is the number-one goal. This is the place to cram for exams, hang out with friends, and blow off steam. College style for guys needs three things:

Dorm Guys
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Convenience

For most guys their bed is mainly just a place to crash, so when choosing the décor, the simpler, the better. Look for low-key designs in bedding, especially in colors like blue, grey, and brown tones. You’ll also want to invest in a good mattress protector to keep the bed safe from spills.

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Comfort

After a marathon day of classes, guys need a relaxing place to crash before hitting the books again. Futons are a great option because of their versatility. We’re sure you’ll appreciate one covered in a soft microsuede fabric with beefy cushions to sink into. If the room is super tight on space, a twin sleeper is a chair that converts into a twin-size bed—the perfect spot for your best bud to sleep when he comes to visit.

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Hi-tech Toys

Of course the reason you go to college is to study and get a stellar education, but everyone needs some downtime. A media console that organizes your TV, PS4 and games will keep things together and organized. Just remember to keep it to a dull roar so that the R.A. doesn’t show up at your door and pull the plug.

Heading off to college is a big milestone in life, and a sweet room will make it better. Make sure to grab all of the items you need to get your college style for guys.

College Style for Girls

Going off to college is full of decisions. You’ve got to choose the right school, the right major and (most importantly) the best dorm décor! College style for girls is all about personality and panache. Here are four things to pack to make your room the best dressed on the floor.

College style for girls
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A Beautiful Bed

Dorm rooms and college apartments are small, and that means your comforter will set the tone for the room. Keep things feeling light by going with pastels, or be bold and choose a shade like turquoise or hot pink. Make sure you coordinate with your roommate, so the bedroom doesn’t turn into the clash of the tartan plaids.

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Artwork

You’re probably not allowed to paint the room, so bring lots of posters, pictures and textiles to cover ugly dorm walls. Pictures will help you put your personality on display. And Command Hooks or 3M picture hanging tape will let you hang things safely without getting fined later for nail holes.

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Rug

Dorm floors are cold, so make your room warmer by packing a large rug. Choose something colorful that will hide the stains that are bound to happen! You can also select a pattern to bring a little drama to the floor, or a neutral that works with your and your roommate’s style.

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Storage

A beautiful dorm room doesn’t look so beautiful if it’s cluttered and messy. Storage at school can be a challenge, with small closets and one dresser that you’re expected to share. You’ll need to bring under-the-bed storage solutions so you can put things away. Get bins that match your bedding, or bring a storage ottoman that allows you to put up your feet or host a group of friends, all while you hide your shoe collection. Remember, your storage options will probably be visible, so choose something cute.

The most important thing to remember when considering college style for girls is to have fun. College is full of amazing memories; create a spot that will make them even better.

Back-2-School: Eclectic Attitude

Let’s face it. Most of us haven’t been inside a dorm room for… well, let’s just say a number of years. So how can you make sure your daughter doesn’t commit a freshman faux pas before classes even start? Well, we went straight to the source for the latest in dorm decorating: Jessica, a savvy sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Here are some of the must-have items decking out her dorm:

  • Gigantic wall stickers are very trendy—the big dots, the cute words, the glitter stars, etc.
  • Polka dots show up at one point or another in everyone’s room, or wonderfully obnoxious busy patterns in outrageous colors. Basically, you walk into someone’s room and it should visually punch you in the face
  • A cute vintage poster is absolutely necessary—Audrey Hepburn or the iconic 1945 V-Day photograph of a sailor and nurse smooching in Times Square

Jessica also mentioned that a lot of girls in her dorm take the high-end and trendy advertisements from magazines like Vogue and Elle, and make their own collage over the year until they have a wall of high-gloss lace and couture.

Mini fridges and microwaves are still required basics, but it seems like each girl aspires for a little more. As Jessica so aptly put it, “I think room decor develops with credit status, so check back in a few years.”