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Dorm Room Décor Keeps Things Lively Away from Home

Few things are bigger milestones than heading off to college. Not only will your son or daughter take the first big steps toward adult life, but he or she will also live without you for the first time. It's an exciting and bittersweet time, and nothing makes the transition easier than a welcoming, fun space. That's why choosing the right dorm room décor is so important. It will make them feel at home and totally independent at the same time. The most important part of decorating your children's dorm room? Picking items that fit their personalities perfectly.

Essential and Practical Dorm Decor

A comfortable dorm starts with the basics. Make sure your child has both area and accent rugs to give the room a cozy feel, and choose curtains and sheers that match their decorations to make the space more inviting. Bedding is crucial, so choose something that's comfortable and fun (and make sure you pick up an extra set—laundry in the dorms can be a mess). A few pillows and throws are important to round out the look as well.

Handy Dorm Accessories

After you've stocked up on all the basics, it's time to choose the right accessories! Bean bag and gaming chairs are just as great for lounging with friends as they are for watching movies and playing Xbox, while novelty pillows and decorative details can let your children express their personalities amid the chaos of college. Frames are important to store family pictures, while desktop accessories are necessary for homework. Don't forget to pick up a few mirrors, dry-erase boards, and lamps as well! Whether you're shopping alone or have your college-bound child in tow, shopping for dorm décor is a special activity that signals a new chapter of life. Luckily, it doesn't have to break the bank.

Pick up all the essentials for college and dorm life here at JCPenney and gear up to head back to school!