Moving into halls is one of the most exciting times, and an added bonus is you can pull together a bunch of dorm room ideas for redecorating.
While you can’t do anything drastic like paint the walls, you can make your new room feel like home with some simple decor changes and updates. Whether you’re sharing with other housemates or get your own room and bathroom to yourself, things like bedding, wall art, photo frames and more will make the space cosy.
From fairy lights to wall tapestries and a genius alternative to candles, we’ve found 21 dorm room decor ideas to add your own touch to your new home…
Dorm room ideas: Wall tapestry
You can’t paint the walls, but you can definitely add some personality with an easy-to-hang wall tapestry. Look for something that matches your personality.
Dorm room ideas: Cosy bedding
You’ll undoubtedly spend plenty of time in bed, so you owe it to yourself to choose bedding that’s comfy. Whether you’d rather something plain that you can work around or brightly-coloured covers, make sure you love it as you’ll be seeing it every day.
Dorm room ideas: Clothes rail
If you don’t have a wardrobe (or you have a small one), you might want to invest in a clothing rail. Choose one with shelves at the bottom for shoes, and opt for something that looks cool to add to the overall vibe of your room.
Dorm room ideas: Full-length mirror
A full-length mirror is a must – but you don’t have to have a plain, basic one. Go for a mirror with curved edges for an added little design touch.
Dorm room ideas: Bed throw
If you chose plain bedding, it’s easy to add colour with a bright throw. Bonus: it’ll keep you warm on those inevitably cold winter nights.
Dorm room ideas: Diffuser
Candles are generally a no-no in halls, so a diffuser will mist and infuse a room with essential oil fragrances instead. We love this cute Oliver Bonas one, which will look gorgeous on your desk or bedside table.
Dorm room ideas: Fairy lights
What’s a dorm room without fairy lights? There are tons of different styles, but we especially love this moon and stars set for a celestial vibe.
Dorm room ideas: Storage basket
Storage will be super important in your small room, but that doesn’t mean you need ugly boxes taking up room. A basket looks cool, and is great for storing blankets, bedding and the like.
Dorm room ideas: Wall art
Brighten up your walls with some super personal wall art, whether it’s photos of places you’d like to travel, like this gorgeous Greece picture, or inspirational quotes to help you speed through your coursework.
Dorm room ideas: Speaker
Every dorm room needs a speaker for impromptu dance parties and inspirational playlists. A smart speaker will be handy in multiple ways – you can even use it to help you cook dinner.
Dorm room ideas: Lamp
Bright dorm lighting is not the one, so invest in a lamp for something softer and more cosy. This cute lama lamp with colourful detailing is the cute, quirky buy your new home needs.
Dorm room ideas: Storage trolley
If you’re lucky enough to have your own bathroom, you’ll need somewhere to store your cosmetics products. This three-tier trolley has plenty of room for haircare, skincare and cleaning products.
Dorm room ideas: Photo frame
Even the most independent of people will have their homesick moments, and mementos of family and friends will help you get through it. This picture frame is an important addition to any new room.
Dorm room ideas: Hanging laundry basket
You probably won’t have loads of room for a laundry basket, so one that can be hung on on the back of your door is a brilliant way of saving space.
Dorm room ideas: Rug
Make the space feel more homely (and cover up old carpets) with a cheap, small rug. This monochrome one is fluffy and looks great in any room.
Dorm room ideas: Wall organiser
Whether you’re the organised type or not, you’ll need to keep on top of your studies and events. Use this handy wall organiser to help you keep in control.
Dorm room ideas: Cushion
A colourful cushion will bring everything together, and brighten up even the smallest of beds. Choose one that works with your new duvet cover and throw.
Dorm room ideas: Bookcase
Shelf-style bookcases are great for displaying your new course books, plus plants, photos and more. This affordable one won’t take up too much room, either.
Dorm room ideas: Bath mat
Brighten up even the most generic-looking of bathrooms with a colourful bath mat.
Dorm room ideas: Laptop bed table
It’s more than likely that you’ll spend at least some of your time working from your bed – or at least watching TV. This lap table makes the experience a little more pleasant.
Dorm room ideas: Bathroom organiser
If you’re sharing a bathroom with dorm mates, this bathroom organiser is ideal for taking into the shower.
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