Second semester is nigh, and if you’re anything like me, you’re dreading returning to that dusty old dorm you lived in for the first half of the year. New classes and professors will help change up these next few months of school, but what about your room? Are you bored of that massive Harry Potter poster above your bed yet? Have you read a few dozen new novels since you first decorated, and now you want to express that in your book-nerd aesthetic? Here are five easy bookish ways to spice up your room.
A lot of students these days are styling their dorm rooms by hanging photos (usually Polaroids) of their friends and families up on their wall using clotheslines. While covering your room in pictures of the people you care about can be great, this is also a wonderful opportunity to add a bookish feel to your space. Hang pictures of your favorite Shadowhunter runes, drawings of your favorite characters, memes from your favorite fandoms…the list goes on.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing places on the Internet right now is Bookstagram. If you love books but you haven’t yet checked out this phenomenon, what are you waiting for? Bookstagram is an arts-and-crafts fest waiting to happen, so printing out a bunch of your favorite pictures to create a collage is only logical. If you want to make it fancy, try putting it in a frame.
The Book Box
This option might be a bit controversial, but it’s totally worth it if you can stomach destroying (an extra copy of!) one of your favorite novels. For my birthday one year, a friend cut out the inside of her copy of City of Bones and glued the remaining pages together to create a hollow book box. It remains one of my favorite presents to date, and can be used to hold pencils, jewelry, makeup—you name it. So if you don’t mind gutting one of your favorite novels, I highly recommend giving this a try.
One simple way to add color to your dorm room is to print out book quotes in a variety of fonts and colors and tape them to your walls. You can stick them anywhere—to mirrors, your desk, your shelves and drawers…the possibilities are endless.
Sometimes sharing your love of books with your roommate isn’t enough—you want the whole world to know who you are and what you’re passionate about. If this is you, I recommend printing out double-sided pictures of your favorite books and characters. All you need to do is stick them to your windows and BOOM—your room is bookish on the outside as well as the inside.