Dorm Room Decorating

So it’s that time of year again… back to hitting the books.  It’s been A LONG time since I lived as a single person going to college.  But I have a brother and a sister who just started college and to help them out, as well as give some inspiration to the masses about decorating their dorm rooms, I am going to show you how to add some spice and flavor to the plain white box they will call home over the course of the next year.

There’s two modes of thinking… embrace the white, or add a lot of color!   

 I tend to embrace the latter, so that’s where I’ll focus my attention.

This is one of my favorite ideas!  Take a collection, like hand bags and hang them on your wall as art (and good for storage since most dorms lack in that).

Taking into consideration your walls are most likely going to have to stay white so be bold… now is the time to have fun in life anyway!

Or you can use fabric as a temporary wallpaper.

Don’t forget to collaborate with your roommate of you have one!

Be dramatic and bold. Make inexpensive upholstered headboards.

Use thriftstore accessories and customize them with paint and fabric if necessary. 

The following room/bedding was done by Robin at and is A-DOR-ABLE. Love the bold graphic nature of it (she has tons of cute bedding ensembles to choose from so go check it out!).

Make sure your personalize your space so it feels like your home away from home.

You can find great bedding, pillows, and accessories at discount retailers such as Ross, TJ Maxx, and Target (some of my personal favorites).  

Don’t forget that guys need some style too!

This navy, blue, and gray scheme is a sleek complement to the orange tones of the typical dorm room stock furniture.

Lift the bed off the ground and use the space for storage.

Mix and match fabrics for a more eclectic feel.

Or create a stron theme with coordinating fabrics.

Beg, borrow, and steal stuff from your parents’ or friends’ cast offs and build a palette around that.

Remember you don’t have to spend a lot to have great style!

Hope these ideas are helpful…  pass it along to the college student in your life!


“Making the house you have, the home you want!”

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