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100 Easy Dorm Decorating Ideas

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2017

Moving to college and beginning a new life away from home is a thrilling experience. It’s also when you get to make your living space yours. Your new dorm room is a blank canvas that calls for posters, photos, string lights, and other dorm room decorating ideas that will define your college years.

If your bare walls are staring at you, take a look at these 100 dorm room decorating ideas to help inspire and ignite your creative process. Then, after you map out your decorating strategy, don’t forget to add personalized decor like wall art, photo mugs, blankets and more.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Maiko Magao - Shutterfly.com

A simple DIY project turns washi tape into chic artwork frames for your favorite prints.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Print a motivational quote on a pillow to power you through finals.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Style Me pretty - Shutterfly.com

This modern desk keeps it simple and takes up less overall space because of its thin wireframe legs.

Photo by: Ruth Eileen Photography

Via: Style Me pretty

Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Personalize everything from your smartphone to coffee mug to spruce up your dorm.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Brit and Co - Shutterfly.com

Set up this cool miniature wall clock display in your dorm room with just a little washi tape and a small knife.

Photo by: Tell Love and Party

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Use your friend's grad announcements as a fun art display to remember everyone from home.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Brit and Co - Shutterfly.com

Transform these small coasters into low-cost miniature boards for pinning.

Photo by: Things She Makes

Via: Brit and Co

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Create a collage of prints or cards from your friends as an easy, inexpensive piece of art.

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These DIY photo hangers work well in a dorm room and cost next to nothing.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Use washi tape to hang photos that doubles as a fashionable frame.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by HGTV - Shutterfly.com

All dorm rooms have a mini fridge, but does yours have this cool washi tape design?

Photo by: Jennie Andrews

Via: HGTV

Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Personalize your space with fun pillows, collages and wall art inspired by your home state.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by HGTV - Shutterfly.com

A few strips of repurposed wall decor transforms your boring dorm room chairs.

Photo by: Lovely Indeed

Via: HGTV

Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Can't pick one favorite photo? Create a collage with photos from your Instagram.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Brit and Co - Shutterfly.com

This Ikea hack will grant you and your new college friends some style and class while staying on a budget.

Photo by: Kristi Murphy

Via: Brit and Co

Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Print your favorite photos and hang them as an easy DIY that doesn't make dozens of holes in the wall.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Lone Star Southern - Shutterfly.com

This cork board lets you show off your decorating flair and school spirit, while giving you a space for reminders.

Photo by: Lone Star Southern

Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Don’t be afraid to get caught up in it. This photo web is a spectacular design.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Seed Time - Shutterfly.com

Washi tape has so many uses. Try adding some color to your room by outlining the door frame.

Photo by: A Beautiful Mess

Via: Seed Time

Dorm Decorating Idea by A Bowl Full of Lemons - Shutterfly.com

These simple stick-on hanging clips can be bought at any hardware store then transformed into a jewelry display wall.

Photo by: A Bowl Full of Lemons

Dorm Decorating Idea by Bustle - Shutterfly.com

A little gold paint and two bricks make a cute dorm room decor idea that doubles as a space saver.

Photo by: A Bubbly Life

Via: Bustle

Dorm Decorating Idea by Bustle - Shutterfly.com

Fix those ugly edges and shelves with a little washi tape.

Photo by: A Girl and a Glue Gun

Via: Bustle

Dorm Decorating Idea by Almost Makes Perfect - Shutterfly.com

If you are looking for a way to decorate the wall that can be removed with no fuss the end of the year, this garland project is a cool dorm room idea.

Photo by: Almost Makes Perfect

Dorm Decorating Idea by Amy Believes in Pink - Shutterfly.com

Keep your dorm decor simple by adding statement pieces like this vintage bureau.

Photo by: Amy Believes in Pink

Dorm Decorating Idea by Amy Believes in Pink - Shutterfly.com

Don't be afraid to include to go big with your favorite styles. If you enjoy floral patterns, surround yourself with them.

Photo by: Amy Believes in Pink

Dorm Decorating Idea by Archie and the Rug - Shutterfly.com

This easy DIY beanbag chair is a cute dorm room idea that is also cheap and practical.

Photo by: Archie and the Rug

Dorm Decorating Idea by At Home With Nikki - Shutterfly.com

Inspiring quotes in bold colors will keep you motivated when schoolwork gets tough.

Photo by: At Home With Nikki

Dorm Decorating Idea by Audrey Madstowe - Shutterfly.com

Keep it cozy by layering your favorite blankets, fleeces, and fuzzy pillows.

Photo by: Audrey Madstowe

Dorm Decorating Idea by Aunt Peaches - Shutterfly.com

Looking for cheap wall art? Head to the grocery store, load up on popsicles, and make your own.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Brittany Makes - Shutterfly.com

Try this dorm room decorating idea if you have an extra bath mat.

Photo by: Brittany Makes

Dorm Decorating Idea by Burlap and Lace - Shutterfly.com

Need an easy way to add some character to bland dorm room pillows? Try painting the pattern yourself.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Bustle - Shutterfly.com

Try repainting furniture to add some flair to your favorite pieces. This looks great and will save you money.

Photo by: Camille Styles

Via: Bustle

Dorm Decorating Idea by HGTV - Shutterfly.com

If you simply cannot find space for everything in your dorm room, these DIY shelves will hang just about anywhere.

Photo by: Camille Styles

Via: HGTV

Dorm Decorating Idea by Crab and Fish - Shutterfly.com

Dorm room doors are all the same. Make yours unique with a little washi tape.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by DIY Huntress - Shutterfly.com

This amazing DIY wall clock is a cute dorm room idea for anyone who loves old vinyl records.

Photo by: DIY Huntress

Dorm Decorating Idea by DIY Huntress - Shutterfly.com

String art not only looks amazing on your dorm room wall, but is a simple project that you can do yourself.

Photo by: DIY Huntress

Dorm Decorating Idea by Dormify - Shutterfly.com

Display pride for the city you've come from with a large urban print by your bed.

Photo by: Dormify

Dorm Decorating Idea by Dormify - Shutterfly.com

Looking for good vibes? This oversized quote is a game changer.

Photo by: Dormify

Dorm Decorating Idea by Dormify - Shutterfly.com

To transform your dorm room into a lovely space, keep the floors clean and everything neatly organized.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Hannah with a Camera - Shutterfly.com

This photo gallery will display your favorite shots from over the years.

Photo by: Hannah with a Camera

Dorm Decorating Idea by Hayley Hunter - Shutterfly.com

Keep your shelves sparse and neatly organized to give your dorm room that clean, sophisticated look.

Photo by: Hayley Hunter

Dorm Decorating Idea by Hayley Hunter - Shutterfly.com

Be sure to take advantage of well-lit window space by adding some greenery.

Photo by: Hayley Hunter

Dorm Decorating Idea by Home Jelly - Shutterfly.com

Illuminate your dorm room in style with these elegant embroidery hoop lanterns.

Photo by: Home Jelly

Dorm Decorating Idea by I Heart Organizing - Shutterfly.com

Here’s a bright idea! Cheap click lights illuminate specific areas in your room without breaking the bank.

Photo by: I Heart Organizing

Dorm Decorating Idea by I Heart Organizing - Shutterfly.com

When it comes to your desk area, studies have shown that keeping things clean and organized helps increase productivity.

Photo by: I Heart Organizing

Dorm Decorating Idea by Seed Time - Shutterfly.com

This cute dorm room desk idea is perfect for someone who loves pictures.

Photo by: I Heart Organizing

Via: Seed Time

Dorm Decorating Idea by I Heart Organizing - Shutterfly.com

When looking for bedding for your dorm room, add a touch of class with with a creative headboard.

Photo by: I Heart Organizing

Dorm Decorating Idea by Seed Time - Shutterfly.com

Vintage desk furniture works well in a dorm room, especially with a fresh coat of paint.

Photo by: In My Own Style

Via: Seed Time

Dorm Decorating Idea by HGTV - Shutterfly.com

These felt ball coasters are a fun and simple DIY project that is great to spruce up the dorm room.

Photo by: Inspired by Charm

Via: HGTV

Dorm Decorating Idea by HGTV - Shutterfly.com

These colorful hexagons are a great dorm room idea because they can easily be removed at the end of the year.

Photo by: Jennie Andrews

Via: HGTV

Dorm Decorating Idea by Jessica Slaughter - Shutterfly.com

Need some inspiration for your organization? Look no further than this insanely easy set up.

Photo by: Jessica Slaughter

Dorm Decorating Idea by Kara - Shutterfly.com

This boy’s room was transformed and reorganized by coordinating colors to create a fresh uncluttered look.

Photo by: Kara

Dorm Decorating Idea by Polka Dot Chair - Shutterfly.com

Pinboards are great for saving ideas, photos, or class schedules.

Photo by: Kittenhood

Via: Polka Dot Chair

Dorm Decorating Idea by Landeelu - Shutterfly.com

Create your own bulletin board and give it a monogram so that there is never any confusion between you and your roommates.

Photo by: Landeelu

Dorm Decorating Idea by Idea Stand - Shutterfly.com

With a little extra work, discarded Tiffany's bags become cute dorm room wall decor.

Photo by: Le Zoe Musings

Via: Idea Stand

Dorm Decorating Idea by Idea Stand - Shutterfly.com

The foundation of good bedroom feng shui is a solid headboard. For the college dorm room that may be missing one, here is an easy fix.

Photo by: Little Bit Funky

Via: Idea Stand

Dorm Decorating Idea by Lone Star Southern - Shutterfly.com

We love these wall decor ideas for a dorm room bed. Keep it simple and coordinate in style.

Photo by: Lone Star Southern

Dorm Decorating Idea by HGTV - Shutterfly.com

String up your favorite photos, artwork, and prints to decorate your walls in a low-impact way.

Photo by: Made by Girl

Via: HGTV

Dorm Decorating Idea by Magnolia Market - Shutterfly.com

Wireframe is a great way to keep your dorm room from getting cluttered.

Photo by: Magnolia Market

Dorm Decorating Idea by Magnolia Market - Shutterfly.com

Never miss a class or test again! Upgrade your paper calendar to this rustic chalkboard one.

Photo by: Magnolia Market

Dorm Decorating Idea by Mr. Kate - Shutterfly.com

This fantastic room design takes industrial elements and merges them with modern trendy decor.

Photo by: Mr. Kate

Dorm Decorating Idea by Mr. Kate - Shutterfly.com

If pink is your favorite color, make a statement with some bold pink pieces on and around the bed.

Photo by: Mr. Kate

Dorm Decorating Idea by Natalie - Shutterfly.com

This hip string light set up provides some illumination for a gallery wall.

Photo by: Natalie

Dorm Decorating Idea by Plaid Online - Shutterfly.com

A little mod podge project in your life can add a lot of color into your new dorm room.

Photo by: Plaid Online

Dorm Decorating Idea by Polished Habitat - Shutterfly.com

Sick of boring dorm room bookcases already? Add fabric to create an alluring backdrop to your collection of literary classics.

Photo by: Polished Habitat

Dorm Decorating Idea by Practically Imperfect - Shutterfly.com

Don't feel the need to fill the entire wall with artwork. Pick a few of your favorite pieces and display them in frames.

Photo by: Practically Imperfect

Dorm Decorating Idea by Prep In Your Step - Shutterfly.com

Organized shelves work wonders for a dorm room. Not only do they look great, you'll never lose your favorite nail polish again.

Photo by: Prep In Your Step

Dorm Decorating Idea by Prep In Your Step - Shutterfly.com

A headboard is an essential dorm room decoration. Make sure you coordinate the colors with the rest of your bedding.

Photo by: Prep In Your Step

Dorm Decorating Idea by Prepista - Shutterfly.com

What a wall! Golden polka dots give this room the glam it deserves.

Photo by: Prepista

Dorm Decorating Idea by Pretty Providence - Shutterfly.com

Reflect on this for your dorm room. Upgrade that old mirror from your parent’s basement with a new paint job.

Photo by: Pretty Providence

Dorm Decorating Idea by Idea Stand - Shutterfly.com

Adorning the walls with fabric wall art is a simple dorm room idea that can help color your room with patterns you love.

Photo by: Project Nursery

Via: Idea Stand

Dorm Decorating Idea by Brit and Co - Shutterfly.com

A few dabs of paint turn an ordinary wooden cabinet into a statement that fits right on your desk.

Photo by: Saltbush Avenue

Via: Brit and Co

Dorm Decorating Idea by Sarah Hearts - Shutterfly.com

Grab some small canvasses and add some washi tape. Then find a place on your dorm room wall that needs some love.

Photo by: Sarah Hearts

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If you are lucky enough to have your own shower, choose a bold curtain to inspire you on those early mornings.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

These bold sheets and matching pillowcases are real statement pieces and brighten up any dreary dorm room.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

College is the time to make a bold statement. If you love a certain print or pattern, go big with it on your bedding.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

If you can ditch the classic dorm room bed, try this fancy bed frame to take it up a notch.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

When coming up with ideas for the dorm room walls, think small and organized.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

A simple string with some mini clips can become a trendy photo display area.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Arrange your favorite photos in small grid to create a nice gallery wall idea for your dorm room.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Can't choose the right photo? Add them all and fill your pin board with favorite colors.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Sincerely Kenz - Shutterfly.com

A well organized roommate uses the space below the bed to store belongings.

Photo by: Sincerely Kenz

Dorm Decorating Idea by Tell Love and Party - Shutterfly.com

Dorm room ideas don't need to always be large statements that take up your entire wall.

Photo by: Tell Love and Party

Dorm Decorating Idea by The DIY Playbook - Shutterfly.com

This wireframe basket on the wall helps keep things in order.

Photo by: The DIY Playbook

Dorm Decorating Idea by The DIY Playbook - Shutterfly.com

Get your favorite quotes printed as large as you can to create a wall of inspiration.

Photo by: The DIY Playbook

Dorm Decorating Idea by The DIY Playbook - Shutterfly.com

Colorful, interestingly patterned pillows can help break up the monotony of a dorm room.

Photo by: The DIY Playbook

Dorm Decorating Idea by The Fashion Keye - Shutterfly.com

Bright colors and fun patterns will help keep your bed from being a snoozer.

Photo by: The Fashion Keye

Dorm Decorating Idea by The Fashion Keye - Shutterfly.com

This beautiful gallery wall uses various simple, colorful pieces to create an eye-opening display.

Photo by: The Fashion Keye

Dorm Decorating Idea by The Wonder Forest - Shutterfly.com

Wall banners inspire you to get school spirit. This DIY banner is a cute dorm room idea to do just that.

Photo by: The Wonder Forest

Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

A fresh set of pillows for a fresh start in the new dorm room.

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Dorm Decorating Idea by Shutterfly - Shutterfly.com

Abstract, contemporary art will add a level of class and style to your dorm room.

Photo by: Shutterfly

Dorm Decorating Idea by Mandy Engelman - Shutterfly.com

These fun frames around the bed use the same polka dot theme on the wall to help coordinate the theme throughout.

Photo by: Mandy Engelman

Dorm Decorating Idea by Laura Trevey - Shutterfly.com

Use colorful photos and pillows to add splashes of color to your sleeping area if your dorm room walls are all white.

Photo by: Laura Trevey

Dorm Decorating Idea by Cristina Was Here - Shutterfly.com

These decorative dreamcatchers give this dorm room a cozy, boho vibe.

Photo by: Cristina Was Here

Dorm Decorating Idea by Maureen Coleman - Shutterfly.com

Decorate your window with some curtains to make your dorm room feel like home.

Photo by: Maureen Coleman

Dorm Decorating Idea by By Sophie Lee - Shutterfly.com

Bunking your bed and adding a couch is a smart use of space and totally transforms your room into a fun place to hang out.

Photo by: By Sophie Lee