Dorm Room Decorating can be quite a challenge. The room is small; you have a ton of rules and might end up sharing it with a stranger (at first, at least)!

I know you are up to this dorm-room-decorating challenge. Moving to college is probably THE most exciting phase of your life. You are finally stepping out of the cocoon (aka home) and taking flight into a wondrous world...all by yourself!

Last updated: April 08, 2021

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Dorm Room decorating ideas to design your private space.

As you start on this journey, your dorm room (or your half of it) is the only private space you will have. It is yours to decorate, yours to sleep, study, organize...and clean (mmhmm).

Here are some common questions dormers ask, that I have come across.

"Does anyone have good dorm room decorating ideas?"

"I am looking for posters or art prints for my dorm room. Any suggestions?"

"What are some ways to transform dorm room furniture without it being permanent?"

"What should I decorate my dorm room with?"

You might feel a little overwhelmed with all the rules around the dorm room decor. No Paint, No Nails in the walls, No room for all those grand "Legally Blond-esque" ideas.

And yet, this is your space. This is your domain. Here, YOU RULE...at least in your corner of the room (if you are sharing with a roomie).

If you have been searching the Net for dorm room decorating ideas, you probably found tons of articles offering not much value.

"I thought this was alright advice, but I was looking for specific hints and tips... Lights are great and all, but I was hoping for more of the design prospect... plus this was the exact list of things on 4 other websites I've been to today; words and all." (random comment found on the internet)


Blush and Mint Dorm Room Decorating Mood BoardBlush and Mint Dorm Room Decorating Mood Board

Repetitive and uninspiring advice is not the only problem if you are  looking for answers to your dorm décor dilemmas. Listen to this harassed mom troubled by the restrictions of dorm room living...

CAN'T...CAN'T...CAN'T

"My daughter is at _____ and you CAN'T remove any of the furniture, the ceilings aren't high enough to build a true loft. You can bunk the beds but it's tight. Concrete blocks aren't really toe friendly in the middle of the night. You CAN'T paint or really hang much on the walls without doing damage and losing your deposit...we squeezed in a task lamp and that's it. I don't think we even had space in the power strips for designer lamps after the laptop, printer, task lamp, cordless phone, hair dryer, phone charger, iron and whatever else is needed... Most of the dorm rooms don't have closet doors so you CAN'T hang anything over the door..."

Yes, most dorm rooms are tiny spaces overcrowded with essential furniture, two teens (heavens!), tons of friends dropping in and strict rules and regulations. This does not leave us much luxury for fancy dorm decorating ideas. But should this mean that we leave the room looking dingy, uninteresting and colorless?

Are You...
Dingy,Uninteresting or Colorless?

Then why should your dorm room be?

After all, it is supposed to reflect YOUR personality. Whether you are vivacious or languid; whether you are interested in music, sports or horses; whether you want to decorate your dorm room in perky florals, black and white modern designs or make a statement on eco-friendliness; your dorm room should mirror You.

You Are Spirited and Full of Life.



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You are also leaving home and striking it out on your own for the first time in your life. Your head must be full of ideas and dreams of a bright future. Surely you anticipate a room with character. 

The new life will bring with itself many unknowns. It is worth investing your time and money to create at least one haven you can relate to.

And just look at all that this room does for you -

  • it gives you a place to rest your weary head every night; 
  • it's where you sit late at night studying for your exams that can make your career;
  • it's where you can put up photos of your loved ones and keep a piece of home close to your heart;
  • it's where all your friends could gather and create some amazing memories to cherish in the future;
  • it's also where you can lock the door when you want those friends to leave you alone, so you can have a good cry;
  • it's where you go to look for that post-it note that was to remind you of the test coming up next week.

In short, it's an essential part of your existence. A neat and organized room will bring you a calming breath of much needed air. A chaotic one will just as easily plunge you into panic mode EVERYDAY!!

Isn't that a great reason to spend some time thinking about your dorm room decorating?


On an average, students spend around $500 on their dorm room bedding and accessories. 


It doesn't seem as big an amount as you would have thought, now that you realize all that your dorm room does for you, right?

And most of the big ticket items can easily last you beyond your college days. Yay to that.

Do you have a theme or color scheme in mind for your dorm room? Look for the dorm bedding that most inspires you and design your room around it.

I am currently working on some great freebies and a host of other resources to help you get all your dorm room decorating questions answered right here. If you would like to stay tuned for when they come up for grabs, feel free to sign up to my free e-zine, Richa's Nook

You will have access to

  • 50 Cool Ways to Transform Your Dorm Room;
  • The best dorm room checklist ever; 
  • My favorite simple and easy d-i-y tutorials for Dorm Decor from all over the web;
  • 10 amazing Dorm Room Printable Wall Art you will not find anywhere else;
  • My personal touch of Dorm Room Creative Collections (along with some of the best resources available today)
  • A Facebook group for you to ask questions, offer ideas, rave about your dorm room, and more.

There will be a special offer in the e-zine that I will not be offering once my e-catalog becomes public.

I will be doing all the legwork so you don't have to. Meanwhile, we have some more answers for you. TTYS - Talk to You Soon.

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Hi, I am Richa and am super excited to see you here. I enjoy interior designing so much I went back to study it. Now armed with knowledge, passion and a vision to make 'happy homes', I hope this site will give you all the tools you need to make your kid's room happy too.   Read More...


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