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Tips for Decorating Your Dorm Room

Tips for Decorating Your Dorm Room

It’s quite possible that your freshman dorm room is going to have a cinderblock wall. At least one, if not all four, will be painted off-white with a large window. But the beauty of your dorm room is within you.

Take advantage of the opportunity to create a functional work and sleep space that shows your personality. Here’s a list of items that make dorm life easier and more reflective of your personality.

Color Scheme

Determine what colors you’re going to use. There are so many decoration sites and stores for dorms, so the easiest way to start is narrowing down the color scheme. Typically, your towels, bedding, rug and curtains should be cohesive. Are you a fan of neutrals, or would you rather have a pop of color? If you shop consistently at one store, chances are you can find items in matching colors. For students on a budget, check for coupons in the mail, online or the Sunday paper.

Bed Risers

The key to dorm space is creating more of it. Bed risers are relatively cheap and some come with an additional outlet or USB port (always necessary in dorm rooms). Making your bed a little bit higher can add extra space for storage or seating under the bed.

Wall Art

Don’t leave those walls bare. Hang a poster, design a mural with your favorite photos or hang a map of the world and mark places you’ve been or have yet to go. The options are endless.


Christmas lights can make your room cozy. String them along the wall to make your art pop, on the ceiling above your bed for stargazing or around your desk to make studying seem less arduous.

Storage Bins

Short, tall, small or long, storage options are a necessity for dorm life. You’ll need storage for snacks, shoes, clothing, makeup and toiletries, so essentially everything. If you can find one, an ottoman serves as additional seating and an extra place to put your things. Drawer dividers can help arrange your clothing and add extra space. Also, try floating bookshelves to declutter your desk area, so you’ll have room to work.

Mini Ironing Board

Find a mini ironing board that can hang in the back of your closet or on the back of a door and take up almost zero space. You’ll be thankful when it’s time for an internship interview or an important class presentation.

Accent Pillows

Although not necessary, pillows can add a touch of comfort to your space. They will encourage you to make your bed and can tie a room together. Find pillows with funny sayings or ones that add a pop of color. Whatever your style, you can find it in an accent pillow.


Whether a fluffy white rug you can dig your toes into or a cute decorative piece that matches your bedding, you’ll want to find something to cover the floor. Also, if you’re attending a college in an area that has winter, a rug can keep your feet from being cold.

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