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Living in a dorm is definitely one of the best parts of the college experience. You finally get your own space that you can decorate however you want, and your mom won’t be bugging you to clean it all the time (although, you really should keep your space clean). Moving into your new dorm room is like getting a blank canvas to paint on, but that fresh start can be a little overwhelming. It can be pretty hard to decide how you want to decorate your dorm room so that it’s the perfect, comfortable, personalized space. It’s important that your dorm feels like your home away from home. Ahead are 15 dorm ideas for the coolest room on campus.
Try decorative plants ????
With all of your classes, you probably won’t have time to keep real plants alive, but thankfully you can get some realistic-looking greens online to bring some grown-up vibes into the space.
Add fun lights ✨
You can go with the TikTok famous LED strip lights, or go with something a little softer, like a sunset lamp.
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Hang a photo collage on your wall ????
You can either make your own with your fav pics of your friends and fam, or you can buy a pre-made one to match your vibe.
Put up a fun mirror ????
You’ry going to need a mirror, so may as well make it a cool-looking one.
Try temporary wallpaper
This is probably the easiest way to decorate your dorm room. Just pick a cute pattern or color, and then at the end of the year, peel it off and leave a clean slate for the next student.
Keep the decor classic with posters
Fav movies, fav singers, or just some cute designs. Poster options are endless.
Set the vibe with a neon sign
Make your dorm the designated friend group hangout spot with a cool neon sign.
Add a canopy for major princess vibes ????
Who wouldn’t want to go to sleep every night feeling like the main character of a Disney movie?
Use vinyls and/or CDs for a fun retro vibe ????
Hang old vinyl records or c on the way like posters. You could even paint some yourself and customize them however you want.
Don’t forget about this dorm room staple
Did you even live in a dorm in college if you didn’t hang a tapestry on the wall above your bed??
Add cute wall decals
If you don’t want to commit to fully covering your wall with temporary wallpaper, maybe wall decals are more your style.
Make the floor shine with a shaped rug
Don’t forget to show your floor some love, too!
Load up on lots of decorative pillows and stuffed animals ????
Flood your bed with tons of cozy pillows and adorable stuffed animals. The more, the merrier.
Get a cute desk lamp
Find a desk lamp that’ll not only light up your study space, but that’ll keep it decorated as well.
Add a Bluetooth speaker
Let’s be real, you’ll have solo dance parties when your roommate is out and you’re finally alone, so you’ll need a speaker.
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