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This past semester – around the end of the winter, precisely – I realized that my dorm room was not as supportive as it should be. I had focused my energy on dorm makeovers for my two friends Olivia and Colesy at the beginning of the school year, only to leave my room to be a bit lacking in the decor department! I became intent on dreaming up a new space, and given it was cold and grey outside, my mind immediately starting day-dreaming of tropical escapes and lush greenery. I partnered with Annie Selke for bedding and decor to turn my dorm room into a serene escape – and a place I would be excited to come back to again.

I started with the brand new line of bedding, Bed101, that makes it easy and affordable to invest in classic, high-quality bedlinen. I chose the blue chambray duvet cover and euro shams with white tipping, paired with the white percale sheets with navy tipping. With this classic base, I had lots of fun with the decor! Get all the details on my design plans below.

I’m planning on moving my bed to the middle of the wall, and styling it up like a daybed. The challenge is dealing with a doorway in the middle of the wall… it’s sealed off, but it definitely makes the layout tricky. I was initially stumped, but realized all I needed was a huge mural to cover the doorway above the bed! This scenic landscape is perfect and has all the right colors.

Styling the bed as a daybed will help the room flow a lot better. It also is has double functionality – as a comfortable place to sit and work on my laptop during the day, or as a regular a bed at night (all I have to do is toss off some of the pillows). While the Twin XL size makes it a little tricky, I’m imagining layers of throw pillows along the wall and my large euro pillows at each end to create the look. And honestly y’all – my best advice for a comfortable bed is pillows, pillows, pillows!

Serene dorm room design with Annie Selke Bed101 and landscape mural on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Besides updating the textiles on the bed, I also want to replace my accent rug with something lighter and fluffier. This Massena rug with a light base and blue pattern will be just the ticket. Along the same line, I’m planning on switching up my curtains from dark grey to this light blue, which will help brighten the room and also add to the whole serene setting.

My room is also a bit bigger this year, so I want to take advantage of the extra space with versatile seating. This pouf goes along perfectly with the slightly-bohemian theme, and can double as seating and a footrest. I am so excited to see how these new elements change up my room!

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