13 Simple College Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Sometime ago we shared with you some really cool college dorm room decorating ideas that were complete with images. Those ideas were great and they shattered the image of a dull dorm room. But at the same time–because they’re so great–those ideas also require quite a lot of effort from you. And unless interior design is your major, I don’t think many students would want to spend that much time and effort into decorating a room that they’ll only spend a year or two in. And this is where this article comes in. In this article you’ll find simple, practical ideas that will transform your dorm room.

When you first walk in, your college dorm room may surprise you. How can you turn something like *that* into your haven? Your dorm room needs to serve many purposes. It’s your place for privacy, entertainment, and perhaps even the venue for a fun dorm party with your friends. Obviously, you will also need to study there. It is your home away from home, and you want it to feel like that. Still, to do that you might have to deal with a small space, rules of decorating, and possibly a roommate with different tastes. Here are some suggestions to get you started:-

1. START WITH COMFY, COZY BEDDING

You will spend a lot of time in that bed. Sleeping. Hanging out with friends . Reading. Why not make it a comfortable spot that reflects your personality. Start with a neutral color for your comforter. From there you can pile on throw pillows, sheets, and a cozy blanket to add a touch of personality and warmth.

2. ADD AN AREA RUG

This practical touch of comfort will add something special to your room. It gives you warmth for your cold feet in the morning. It provides a place to sit and talk with your friends. Plus, your choice of rug can add a touch of color and personality to your room.

3. LIGHTS ADD SPARKLE

Of course you need a good desk lamp or reading lamp to work by. You can also add some personality by hanging string lights or a paper lantern. Lighting options make your room special.

4. STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE

Having some portable storage options in your dorm is essential to keeping you organized and tidy. You may choose to loft your bed for extra under bed storage space. Bins in a variety of styles can slide underneath. You might also consider a trunk to hold extra large items. Even simple crates can add a decorative touch, and extra room to store essentials.

5. WALL DECORATIONS

Dorm wall decor is where your personality can truly shine through. Before you hang anything though, check with the rules of the dorm. Most places don’t want you putting new holes in the walls. Still your options are endless. Express yourself through posters and favorite photos. Hang a tapestry for a touch of color and warmth. Removable wallpaper brings color and pattern to dull, uninteresting walls.

6. A MINI FRIDGE

While not the most decorative item, a mini fridge is a must have for any dorm room. Store late night snacks and your favorite drinks for ease of access.

7. A TALL MIRROR

This serves many purposes. It gives you a flattering way to check your appearance. Light reflecting off your mirror can make your room feel more spacious. You don’t have to hang it, so it causes no damage to the walls. And it is the perfect place to hang a little decorative item.

8. A WHITE BOARD FOR YOUR DOOR

The easiest way to give and receive messages from your friends. Make sure you have some color full white board markers to allow for creative expression.

9. A WALL CALENDAR

This practical item is all about organization. But it can also reflect your personality as you add social events, doodles, and important deadlines.

10. DON’T FORGET THE TRASH

Often overlooked, its important to have a small trash can to help keep your space clean and tidy.

11. DESK ORGANIZATION

While most schools will provide you with a desk and some bookshelves, a touch of organization adds both style and personality to your work space. You need someplace to keep your writing utensils. It’s helpful to have containers for things like paper clips, staples and a stapler, sticky notes, index cards. Perhaps you want a phone holder to keep track of your cell phone. Think of creative ways to help you stay organized.

12. A GOOD BLUE TOOTH SPEAKER

While you may choose to listen to music with headphones, a quality speaker can help liven up your down time. Just remember that your neighbor might not enjoy the same music as you do.

13. A CORK BOARD FOR NEW MEMORIES

Add a space to your wall where you can begin gathering memories of these momentous years. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it fills.

Whatever choices you make, be sure to find things that inspire you, and make this space a true haven. If you have a roommate, work with them to add some special touches, so you both can call this place home.

Check out this article on College Life Today for more dorm room ideas.

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