We understand the struggle: trying to transform a drab and depressing dorm or college apartment room into the space of your dreams can be tough. When you're living in a cramped space with less-than-exciting cream-colored walls and popcorn ceilings that are definitely at least a few decades old, it may feel like a lost cause. But, we promise there's hope — we've got Alix Greenberg, founder and CEO of ArtSugar and art aesthetic expert, to back us up. ArtSugar is a carefully curated online collection of the coolest artwork. Plus, ArtSugar collaborates with non-profit organizations to raise money for their cause through the sale of their incredible artwork (it's a total win-win).
"Sunset Shore" by Jaxon Roberts from ArtSugar
We asked Alix her tips and tricks for decorating your college space, especially when the state of your place may seem impossible to work with:
Her Campus (HC): What's your best advice for decorating in a smaller room or area (i.e. dorm room)? How do you recommend making a space look bigger than it actually is?
Alix Greenberg (AG): Use mirrors wherever you can because they'll bounce light around the room, making it feel more spacious! Additionally, I suggest picking larger art sizes to make the room feel grander in scale — we have great 20 inch by 30 inch framed prints on ArtSugar perfect for this purpose. Lastly, floor lamps are KEY for adding extra light and height to the space.
HC: How do recommend making your dorm or apartment feel like home?
AG: Incorporate mementos and heirlooms that tell stories! They make for great conversation starters and add a personal touch to your space. Also, consider custom artwork — select artists on ArtSugar can create custom family, friend or pet portraits in their unique artistic styles (which make for great gifts too!).
HC: How can a college student shop responsibly for home decor?
AG: Look for décor companies that donate to charity — you can give back while checking off the items you need on your list. ArtSugar donates 5% of proceeds from every purchase to various causes, with partners including City Harvest, ASPCA, Girls Who Code, and God’s Love We Deliver.
HC: How can college students use framed prints to decorate without breaking their university/landlord's rules, such as hammering or nailing them into the wall?
AG: ArtSugar has small 8 inch by 10 inch prints that are perfect for leaning against shelves and desks. You can also use hanging/removable strips for bigger prints — they come off cleanly when you take them off.
HC: Why are framed prints the best decorative accessory for any college dorm or apartment?
AG: Framed prints add a stylish and sophisticated touch to your dorm decor. Everyone has posters — so why not stand out with bold, eye-catching prints!