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Design Solutions

Hang curtain panels to add warmth to the room and soften the look of the cinder blocks. Use removable 3M hooks and curtain ring clips to hang the panels without damaging the walls.

Create the look of wallpaper with large-scale removable wall decals.

Place a bookcase between the beds to act as a shared nightstand and extra storage.

A graphic area rug in a dark color will anchor and soften the room. The color will help camouflage dirt and stains.

Bedside lamps will provide convenient task lighting and offer a break from the harsh overhead dorm lights. Lampshades designed to display photos will personalize and individualize the shared space.

A cozy quilt rather than a standard college-style comforter will add instant sophistication.

- Kiera Kushlan, Designer

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The Challenge

"I just got back from college freshman orientation, and my dorm suite looks like a cell. I'm not allowed to screw or hammer anything into the walls, but I want to make the bedroom feel like home."

The Solution

By mixing products from various resources, designer Kiera Kushlan was able to create a homey retreat and a custom look for less than $500.

- Kiera Kushlan works for Residents:understood in Arlington, 571-230-5426, www.residentsunderstood.com

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