How to Have the Cutest Room on Your Hall (Aka Dorm Room Decor 101)
*This post is in affiliation with Briercrest College & Seminary. I did a “Dorm Room Makeover for Less than $150” video with them that you can view here .
7 months ago when I launched my blog one of the first posts that I published was on decorating my dorm room. I moved into school residences halfway through the year so I had my own room and I took full advantage of my blank canvas of a room.
Photos have been removed from that post, but you can still read my tips here.
This year I was determined to have the cutest room possible! Not to brag, but I think I’ve done a great job… for cheap! Here are my tips.
- Get a white duvet. I’m a lover of white duvets and here is why: in a dorm room the main focal point is probably your bed, a white duvet cover brightens the space and allows you to implement colour/pattern other places. Likely, you’re dorm room isn’t huge, so you don’t want to overwhelm a space. Also, they’re so easy to maintain, just toss some bleach in with your duvet cover/sheets and you’re golden. (My duvet retails at Ikea for $29.)
- Accessorize with pillows + blankets. When you have a white duvet you can literally do whatever you want with it. Every throw pillow/blanket will go with it. So you can use your creative liberty to build on that canvas however you like!
- Use wrapping paper to cover bulletin boards! My room has baby blue bulletin boards, and they just weren’t cutting it for me. I covered on in a black and white striped paper, and the other in a cactus designed paper. (For the cutest wrapping paper, check out Crocus and Ivy! They have adorable paper for just $12.)
- This point is a bit vague, but design should be functional. Design is currated organization. So make your dorm room functional. Lots of my “decor” is my bowls, my mugs, my clothes!
- Use letters + words. I love words and sayings. As cheesey as they are, they also do offer encouragement, and an awesome opportunity for design to come into play. Sometimes I get teased about my “R’s” that I have displayed in my room, but I think they’re cool. One of my “R’s” is from Spruce Collective in Abbotsford, it’s a both a memory and a decorative piece. Also, I managed to get a letter board from my old work place for just $5 and I absolutely love it. It’s really trendy right now, but it’s also a fun way to add in personality to a space.
- Wall decals. Okay, so bear with me here. I’m not talking about the “Live Laugh Love” decals you can buy from Dollarama, I’m talking about wall decals on a bigger scale. The show stopper in my room this year is for sure my polka dot wall. For just $15 I completely transformed the bare walls of my dorm room, while still keeping things classy.
- Strategically use photos. I was inspired by my sister-in-law, Hillary, who had photos printed by a website that will print your square Instagram photos. I ordered some for my dorm room, and ended up fashioning them on the outside of my door. Opposed to your generic photos, these are an elevated style choice. Last year, I didn’t have these, but instead what I did was I did a monochromatic colorscheme, aka black and white, and I liked that that allowed for some congruency throughout my room. (I got 24 printed for approx $15 + had to pay $13 in duties= $28)
- Accents. I have a pretty specific look that I like to go for in my spaces. I like the base of everything to be either black/white/or grey. Then I usually accent with baby pink and gold. Accent pieces can actually cost you an arm and a leg. If you are like me and you like to update your room frequently, you’ll end up paying a lot to decorate your space. There are corners that you can cut without losing any effect, for instance I have all gold picture frames in my room, I bought them for $1 at the dollar store. As a college student, I say you should opt for the cheaper option 9/10. At this stage we aren’t looking to buy investment pieces, we just need it to last a year or two!
- Candy. Talk about functional decor! Candy is a good way to add an element of fun in your room. I have Dubble Bubble displayed in a pineapple dish on my desk, which brings me a lot of visitors + also looks cute.
- Keep it clean. My Mom is probably laughing at this one because at home I don’t keep my room very clean. However, at the dorm, I try to keep it clean all the time. In my mind, when living in community it’s a service to keep your space clean. You can have the cutest room, but if it’s not clean, it won’t be reaching it’s full potential. That’s why I always have lysol wipes, clean floors, and a bed that’s made. It’s that simple!
Those are my update dorm decor tips! I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to watch the video I did with Briercrest!
Until next time ❤