There is the bed, the desk, but I find that the game change for any small space ultimately lies in what you do with the most expansive parts of the room: the walls and the floor. Say good bye to the bread and butter of any Spartan dorm room: the unforgiving cinder block walls and the ever so unwelcoming linoleum floors or equally uninviting tightly woven brown carpet. Instead, say hello to geometrically patterned wallpaper (both removable and stick-on) that infuses a “my first apartment after college” vibe and a pearly white, fuzzy throw rug practically engineered for those 3 AM physics cram sessions. These are the finishing touches that will go the extra mile and make your room ready for the Zillow market.
Haha, You Thought
The. Ultimate. Transformer. If there was one thing I’d say to get, it would be this adhesive wallpaper by Tempaper. Your room goes from Meh to A111111111111 in a mere 1 hour of setting it up. It’s really simple and straightforward to use, human-friendly if you will (cough cough for the 21st century tech savvy but home-improvement foolish teen)– you just peel, position, and stick. At the end of the year, you can reuse it or toss it and get a different pattern for next year. Easy as pie. In fact, easier.
The Good Kind of Fluff
c/o RugsUSA (5′ x 8′)
Huge shoutout to RugsUSA for this ~beauteous~ rug from NuLoom. The pearly white color lends itself well to the modern aesthetic of the room. Also, it’s way more low-maintenance than I would have expected given its precarious color; cleaning entails vacuuming once every other week. I used to be super picky about walking on it with shoes as I didn’t want dirt permeating all over the new rug, but fast forward two months, I find that it doesn’t actually ever deviate from its original color despite the plethora of shoe imprints from all walks of life (jk).
Meet the Elevated Insta Prints