As I started making a list of all the things I need to outdo from my dorm room last year, I  looked through some old pictures of my sophomore year room. It was very small and wasn’t the ideal living situation in any way, but looking back at old photos, I remember that I really did make the most of it. 

First, I love pops of color, so I made sure to add in anything that would make the room feel a little bit warmer and homey. 

The pink rug and colorful lights all gave the space more depth and a fun pop of vivid hues. 

I also loved having the two shelves above my bed. Since my room was tiny, it was a great way to store, decorate and save space. I kept jewelry boxes, magazines, and as the year progressed, more and more little pieces of my life at college on those shelves! Get one here.

Since there was practically no place for shoes, I decided to use them for decoration!

I used a lot of boxes and bags to hold all of my toiletries, accessories and make-up. And I used a butterfly scarf holder to accessorize those bland white walls! 

Instead of having to take down all of my pictures at the end of the year, I made a photo poster that is now hanging in my bedroom! 

You really can’t go wrong with Audrey Hepburn… or pink. 

A true testament to my love for the color. You don’t have to go this crazy, but keep in mind… you should have seen the bathroom before! 

No matter what kind of dorm room you walk into on move-in day, having a blank slate to work with, a color palette you like, and a little creativity will get you a long way. Good luck!