One of our favorite interior designers and frequent guests stopped by to give us some Target-ready tips in this interview on what you need for back-to-school dorm life.
Sabrina Soto for Back-to-School:
Q: Sabrina, what dorm room trends are you seeing right now?
S: Dual purpose items! Function is key when it comes to dorm needs, so that can mean anything from reversible comforters that allow you to switch up the look of your room in an instant, to colorful poufs that act as room décor and extra seating. Since space is limited, it is important to choose items that maximize the areas you do have.
Q: What do you consider the key foundational pieces for a dorm room?
S: Dorm needs fall into four categories: bedding, lighting, storage and décor. It’s important to have all of the foundational pieces, but also to give them a modern spin.
* Bedding: Make sure you choose something with a pop of color. This is one of the easiest ways to brighten up the space since you can’t paint the walls.
* Lighting: Nothing makes a space feel colder than harsh, overhead florescent lighting. Be sure to bring a floor lamp and use halogen bulbs because they create the most natural light.
* Storage: Storage is key in a small space, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Storage bins in bright colors and patterns can be displayed rather than hidden.
* Décor: Dorm rooms can feel very cold and boring, unless you add pieces that make the space feel homier. A Soft area rug, fun curtains and unique frames with photos and family and friends will all give your room a personal touch.
Q: How do you define space when sharing a dorm?
S: Use color! If you and your roommate each have a different color palette, each side of the room will feel unique. This also will help distinguish similar items, such as towels and desk accessories. Try to pick a complementary color palette to your roommate’s, though, so the two sides blend rather than clash!
Q: What can be done to add more light for studying?
S: Position your desk near a window for natural light, if possible. Add a colorful table lamp, rather than a spotlight-style task lamp. This will create a more diffused, warm light, yet still be bright enough for reading.
Q: What is your favorite Target piece for dorm rooms this year?
S: Target has amazing items for college students on a budget. I especially love pieces that were inspired by wire forms, such as this desk. They are unexpected, fun and take up very little visual space, which is great for small spaces. I’m also a big fan of the kitchen items. Since storage is often limited in college kitchens, choose items are perfect for displaying on your counter top rather than hiding in a drawer.