21 Dorm Room Dècor Ideas We Love
From sleek desk organizers to wall-mounted storage solutions, these items will transform your dorm room into the stylish and streamlined space it deserves to be.
With the right décor items, outfitting even the tiniest of dorm rooms (or re-outfitting your current space if COVID-19 has changed your matriculation plans) is a breeze. "A dorm room is 'a home away from home' and should provide comfort, character, and convenience," says interior (and dorm room) designer Nicole Guppy Brown of Otium Interiors. "It's important to keep things simple—and personal." Luckily, there are tons of affordable, small space-friendly ways to dress up a drab dorm room—you just need to know what to look for. "When shopping for dorm décor, think about the daily habits and personality of the resident to ensure the space functions well and serves their specific needs," Brown says. "Dorm room décor should be personalized and multi-functional but super easy to maintain and keep organized."
Along with functionality, it's important to seek out decorative pieces that provide storage opportunities in a pint-sized space. "Décor with hidden or built-in storage compartments will help keep your small space organized and manageable," explains interior designer Melissa Karl of Room Remedies by Melissa. Both she and Brown recommend investing in wall-mounted shelves and cubbies that can moonlight as bedside storage. "Wall storage units make space-savvy nightstands," Brown says. "They provide the perfect access height for elevated beds and sometimes offer more storage (and style) than a typical bedside table."
Of course, dorm décor is also a fun way to energize an otherwise lackluster space. "Purposeful items that supply a pop of color or texture can turn a dull and dysfunctional dorm into one that is warm and inviting," Brown explains. Dreaming of a well-designed dorm room packed with cool but practical décor? From sleek desk organizers to wall-mounted storage solutions, these items will transform your dorm room into a stylish and streamlined space in no time.
Stylish Storage Ottoman
An attractive ottoman can be a game changer for your dorm room setup. This clean-lined piece doubles as extra seating for study sessions—or movie nights—and offers up extra storage. It's super easy to put together and is subtle yet stylish.
Shop Now: Nathan James "Payton" Foldable Storage Ottoman Footrest and Seat, $43.24, amazon.com.
A few potted succulents can go a long way in a dorm room. Along with creating visual interest in a space, houseplants—even the tiniest of them!—can help naturally purify the air and improve the airflow in your room.
Shop Now: Mini Potted Succulents, $39.95 for set of four, crateandbarrel.com.
Portable Filing Cabinet
The only thing better than a good-looking organizer is one that can move around your dorm room with ease. This vertical filing cabinet features four lockable drawers and sits on a caster wheeled base so you can position it wherever you need it.
Shop Now: Rebrilliant "Bottorff" 4-Drawer Mobile Vertical Filing Cabinet, $102.99, wayfair.com.
Taking notes is a lot more fun when you jot them down in a pretty notebook. These colorful notebooks boast lined pages and two-toned covers that will liven up any dorm room desk.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart "Stitched" Notebook in Blue/Persimmon, Junior-Size, $9.59, staples.com.
A few simple steps and easy to find materials stand between you and your new headboard. The Batik-style merges seamlessly with any room's décor.
Never underestimate the impact of vibrant bedding in a small dorm room. This eye-catching cotton-blend duvet set features a colorful floral motif on one side and a bold blue pattern on the other, so you can redecorate whenever the mood strikes.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart "Hampton" Floral 3-Piece Reversible Duvet Cover Set, $85.99, wayfair.com.
Searching for a sophisticated way to separate your sleeping zone from your roommate's? Place a colorful, patterned rug under your bed to define your area while bringing a pop of personality to your dorm room.
Shop Now: Anthropologie "Belle Viscose" Rug, 2' by 3', $98, anthropologie.com.
If you thought jewelry organizers were only good for stashing bracelets, earrings, and rings, then think again. This lacquered tray features three felt-lined compartments that are perfect for corralling small items such as erasers, paperclips, rubber bands, safety pins, hair clips, and lipstick anywhere in your dorm.
Shop Now: The White Company Lacquer Compartment Jewelry Tray, $44, thewhitecompany.com.
Fringed Throw Pillow
Looking for a goofproof way to dress up your dorm room furniture in a pinch? This plush cotton throw pillow is clad in decorative fringe that brings a touch of drama and texture to a drab beanbag or loveseat.
Shop Now: Peace & Riot White Cotton Embroidered Pillow with Lines of Decorative Fringe, $48, peaceandriot.com.
Creative Glass Storage
Paint glass to create a fun storage solution. Set one of these on your nightstand for instant dorm room décor.
In the market for some dorm room art that looks more grownup than a poster? This pretty watercolor print on canvas comes framed and ready to hang, so you can create a sophisticated wall display in seconds.
Shop Now: Hidden Gem NY "Potted Plants" Watercolor Prints, $70, hiddengemny.com.
Origami Planter Covers
Customize your household planters with a bit of paper crafting fun. These are simple and look great on your dorm room desk.
A beautiful hanging planter is a clever way to show off your favorite houseplant. The leather make offers an elevated accent to your dorm room décor.
Shop Now: Cofield Leather Plant Hanger, $90, bloomist.com.
Not only are they great for doing your makeup without having to head down to a shared bathroom—mirrors make small spaces feel bigger, making them a dorm room décor essential.
Your dorm room walls are teeming with storage opportunity. This chic metal-framed mirror boasts a built-in shelf for stashing toiletries and other small knickknacks without taking up coveted floor space.
Shop Now: Shades of Light Metal Mirror with Shelf, $169, shadesoflight.com.
Wire Wall Frame
If you aren't using your walls to show off mementos in your dorm room, you're missing out. This matte gold wire display comes with a handful of clips so you can hang your favorite photos, letters, and keepsakes in style.
Shop Now: World Market Gold Wire Photo Clip Wall Frame, $19.99, worldmarket.com.
Sleek Desk Lamp
No dorm room desk setup would be complete without a stylish task lamp. This wireless LED lamp features a wireless charging station, a built-in USB port, and boasts a brass finish to boot.
Shop Now: West Elm Metal LED Wireless Charging & USB Task Lamp, $199, westelm.com.
Nothing elevates a small space faster than sophisticated wallpaper. This peel-and-stick-style wallpaper features a soft pink floral motif and won't leave any damage behind after you remove it.
Shop Now: Our Heiday X Chasing Paper Collection "Magnolias" Wallpaper, 2' by 4', $40, chasingpaper.com.
No extra space on your desk for all of the syllabi? No problem. This cute blue storage shelf sits atop your workspace and features a tray and pullout drawer where you can stash keys, letters, and other on-the-go items.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Office "Stack+Fit" Inbox with Drawer in Blue, $21.89, staples.com.
Style meets function in this easy to make DIY. Enjoy nights sleeping in without waking up early thanks to a bright sunshiny day.