5 Easy Dorm Decorating Ideas

College is a time for new friends and all-nighters, so whatever your style is, start the year right by decorating your space however you feel comfortable. Transform those blank walls and cold tile floor into a room that is uniquely yours. Who knows? Maybe you'll start the next big trend on campus.
Dorm Ideas for Your Style Personality

Dorm Decorating Ideas by Personality

No matter where you’re going to school, it doesn’t take an honor student to know that dorms are notorious for being cramped and dull. When decorating your dorm, it’s smart to put storage and organization on your priority list. We’ve gathered some of our favorite dorm-worthy items based on personal style


Ivy League Legacy

1. Plaid Bedding / 2. Trophy / 3. Throw Pillows / 4. Table Lamp / 5. Leather Accent Chair

You don’t have to be an All-American athlete or go to an Ivy League school to add a touch of preppy class to your dorm. If you love traditional clean-cut looks, mix nautical stripes with rich flannels on your bedding and add dark leather accents to your room. A smart nautical lamp is a great addition to your bedside table or desk too. Don’t be afraid to show off trophies or awards from high school next to keepsakes from your friends and family. Whether you’re going to the old family alma mater or starting at a state school, you can combine Coastal, Americana, and Traditional styles to create a refined, preppy space.


Trendy Traveler

1. Tapestry / 2. Table Lamp / 3. Boho Pouf / 4. Succulents / 5. Comforter Set

After backpacking abroad all summer, it’s time to hit the books. For the well-traveled or aspiring globetrotter, incorporating pieces inspired by world cultures is a great way to show off your style and brighten your dorm room. Wall pieces like a world map or pictures from your adventures can open your space instantly. For the Boho-at-heart, go for bright colors to help you feel less cooped up during study sessions.


Glam Goddess

1. Glam Wall Art / 2. Floor Lamp / 3. Comforter Set / 4. Foot Stool / 5. Makeup Case

You’re polished and composed in most situations, so should your dorm should be too. Whether you’re studying in style or getting ready to go out, you gravitate towards all things luxurious. Glam style features flashy metallic accents and plush textures like faux fur or velvet. Focus on storage for the items you can’t live without. Cosmetics, clothing, accessories, and your other favorite items can be safely stored without getting in the way of your style preferences. After all, clutter is never flattering.


Media Mogul

1. Framed Print / 2. Record Player / 3. Accent Chair / 4. Side Table / 5. Shelf

You’ve always been your friends’ go-to source for great recommendations for movies, music, books, and all things media. This is probably an obsession you’re bringing with you to college too. Student housing may be small, but there are still ways to keep your book, record, or movie collection with you. Classic milk crates make great stackable storage options for LPs, and other media, such as music and movie posters, can add a lot of personality to your dorm room.  Try adding a vintage touch to match the deep tracks you love.


Modern Minimalist

1. Framed Prints / 2. Comforter Set / 3. Desk Lamp / 4. Storage Ottoman / 5. Succulent

When it comes to decorating, you take the less-is-more path and you don’t need frills to feel comfortable in your own room. If organization and storage is your jam, embrace it, but decorating your dorm like a true minimalist doesn’t mean it should feel bare. A simple touch of green or a geometric print can help your room feel a little homier without the clutter.

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