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August 26, 2013

Doing up a dorm room right

PLATTSBURGH — As SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College kick off the fall 2013 semester today, many students find themselves settling into their new on-campus living quarters.

And having an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable place to dwell, noted SUNY Plattsburgh’s Director of Housing Cathy Moulton, can actually contribute to students’ academic success.

“If students are happy here, they tend to persist longer,” she said.

But while a college dorm room may never feel quite like home, there are still plenty of ways to bring the space to life.

To keep the design of the room cohesive, said Joshua Kretser, designer and owner of Plattsburgh’s P.O.D. Studio, it’s best to pick one colorful inspiration piece, such as a rug, bedspread or piece of artwork, and design around it.


SUNY Plattsburgh students are allowed to paint dorm rooms in some residence halls with a light shade of latex paint that can be covered with one coat of white paint.

Of course, Moulton noted, they must first get the color approved at the college’s Housing and Residence Life Office.

Kretser recommends using a neutral paint color, such as beige or light tan, to create a warm feel in the room, and then using a vibrant rug, comforter or decorative pillows, to add pops of color to the space.


“Color is key,” SUNY Plattsburgh graduate Trisha Francis told the Press-Republican in an email. “The more fun colors there are, the more the student is going to be comfortable and feel more at home.”

“Use pops of colors in different areas,” Kretser added; however, “don’t go too overboard.”

Having too many bright colors or wild designs, he warned, can be distracting for studying and even sleeping.

Covering small surfaces with decorative duct tape, according to SUNY Plattsburgh junior Amanda Velez, is a quick way to stylize a dorm room without overdoing it.

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