Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Dorm room decorating ideas days are coming around again.  Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorating ideas (the earliest on retail record) and the very chic and very stylish decorative accents and accessories ready to ace the personal style test.  Have you seen some of the dorm room decorating ideas galleries making the rounds on social media?


Campus chic is in, and I’ve sourced a sampling of colors, textures and patterns to suit.

dorm room decorating ideas

My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy.  Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you love in the style of what makes you you.


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Form and function deliver a stylish presentation- the Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel is super stylish and announces to Miss Sun please do not disturb.

Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel

Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel


Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Linen Upholstered Twin Headboard

vintage-gate-gray-duvet-coverVintage Gate Gray Duvet Cover

When the ten toe express is winding down, rest those puppies on something plush and stylish.


Stylish 5′ X 8′ Area Rug Blowout at Wayfair ~ $39.99

Pops of color and pattern make the grade A+ storage fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas.

gold-rattan-basketChambley Basket

Audane+Square+Cube+OttomanAudane Square Cube Storage Ottoman


Faux Leather Crocodile Trunk

Rolling+Seagrass+Wicker+Storage+Seat+OttomanRolling Seagrass Wicker Storage Seat Ottoman

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.  Floor, table, desk, string, lantern and just funky fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

dorm-room-decorating-ideas-lightingkate spade new york Pillow ||  Paris Crystal Pendant  ||  The Emily & Meritt Fringe Table Lamp  ||  Deco 79 Ceramic Table Lamp  ||  kate spade new york Pillow  ||  Hathi Sculpture Lamp Set  ||  Puppy Dog Porcelain Table Lamp

floral-paper-lanternsFloral Print Paper Lanterns

puck-lightsBattery Operated Puck Lights


Clothespins 16-LED String Lights

Consider customizing inexpensive bookcases to suit your choice of dorm room style.  At under $20, the AVDALA bookcase from IKEA is a great choice.

custom-bookcase-ideasAVDALA Bookcase

A desk is a study, work and personal space essential.  One drenched in a hot designer color and going for the gold details makes the back to campus dorm room decorating ideas list. 



dorm-room-lamp-ideasHobby Lobby.  Yes.  Hobby Lobby.

Seating Options


|| Nate Berkus Skirted Slipper Chair  ||  Flash Furniture Ghost Chair || ||  Furlicious Faux-Fur Beanbags  ||  Ming Garden Stool  ||

Super Chic Desk Accessories


Who Run the Office? Desk Plaque

gold-Lacquered-TrayLacquered Tray

Lilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle SandsLilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle Sands


Monet Weekly Planner


Linen Message Pin Board


Pineapple & Flamingo Push Pins

decorative-push-pinsBallard Design Signature Style Tacks


Metal Wire Basket

Paris-trinket-dishkate spade new york paris & the single girl porcelain tray

kate spade new york Daisy pencil holder kate spade new york Daisy Place Pencil Cup

Pencils. Pens. Make-up Brushes. Paper/Binder Clips. Straws. Change. Jewelry- this vintage lady head vase makes a unique and super cute catchall.

head vaseVintage Lady Head Vase

Wall Decor

Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage.  Photo collages, decorative groupings, tapestries, mirrors, scatter frames, poster and canvas art- you get the idea.

tapestryPlum and Bow Estelle Medallion Tapestry

The curated look is easily accomplished with these scatter frames from Hobby Lobby.  The designs, sizes and affordable price points come under the category of back to college fabulous.

decorative-scatter-framesDecorative Scatter Frames from Hobby Lobby


Anna Sims “Waiting Dancer” Canvas

white dog canvas wall artWhite Dog Canvas Wall Decor

Pastel+by+Cora+Niele+Photographic+Print+on+Wrapped+CanvasPastel by Cora Niele Canvas

Poster art- a dorm room decorating ideas tradition.


Poster Art

Command Brand strips and hooks follow the no holes in the walls rule on the way to making your style statement.


Bed and Bath 


Cinderella Monogram pillowcaseCinderella Monogram Pillowcase


Suggestive Stilettos Fleece Throw Blanket


shower curtain

Georgiana Paraschiv Metallic Triangles Shower Curtain




Shhh I’m Sleeping Pillowcase Set  ||  Shower Curtain  || Spa Towel Wrap
You Look Good Bath Mat  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart  ||  Towels~Washcloths    Aqua Flips  ||  Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Spray  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart

Gadgets and Goodies

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset


Roku Streaming Stick


HP Deskjet 3722 All-in-One Printer 


Recipes Every College Student Should Know by Christine Nelson


Printed Plastic Pink And Green Travel Mugs


Be Yourself Floral Mug

Keurig-coffee-maker-dorm-room-brewing-systemKeurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker in Turquoise 

Apothecary jars for your coffee, tea and beverage station stylish storage needs.

apothecary-jarsHome Essentials Terra Collection Assorted Footed Glass Canisters With Lids 

retro-igloo-fridgeIgloo Retro Bar Fridge

I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and decor.

Love your style!

Back To College Guys and Dolls: Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

The countdown to back to college times is on.  It’s never too early to consider dorm room decorating ideas for back to college guys and dolls.

guys and dolls movie poster

Here is a back to campus checklist of affordable, on-trend, and color splashed dorm room decorating ideas for making your dorm room or apartment look and feel like your home away from home.  Going in alphabetical order, let’s begin with dorm room decorating ideas for her.


Les Balloons Canvas Wall Art


Therese Solid Back Side Chair

Let’s be clear- the Therese Solid Back Side Chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic.

rose-porcelain-top-hatLove this 1940s pottery top hat from Chairish to use as a catchall holder.

Paris-notebookWe ♥ Paris Notebook


See Jane Work® Binder Gold Stripe Clips

Gold glitter clothespins for projects, photos and papers organization.  You could diy these, but at this very affordable price point ($1.99) I’m sold.


Gold Glitter Clothespins

Color your world cute!

tassel-paper-clipsTassel Paper Clips

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.



Plush Shag Rug

Campus comfort is essential to recharging one’s battery.


 Alicia from Bedroom Athletics

Beauty, bath, bedding and brew products storage solutions.

Acrylic holderLuxe Acrylic Modular

Dash-Pillowcase-Set-Sabrina-SotoDash Pillowcase Set – Sabrina Soto™


Pompom Throw in Marble Blush


Colormate 8 pack Washcloth Set 

But first, coffee.



Keurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker in asis

hello gorgeous coffee cup

H & M


COMISO Rose GoldBluetooth Portable Speakers with Flashlight Microphone, 10W Drivers Enhanced Bass 12 Hour Playtime

Desk accessories essentials in go for the gold style.


Marble Stapler  ||  Eiffel Tower Scissors  || Gold Push Pins  ||  Hashtag Paper Clip  ||  Gold Paper Clips  || Gold Tape Measure




Airplane Blueprint Framed Art Print


Men's Vintage Canvas Leather Satchel School Military Messenger Shoulder Bag Travel BagMen’s Vintage Canvas Leather Satchel School Military Messenger Shoulder Bag 


Starry Night Van Gogh Travel Mug 

Add a little culture to your morning joe with this Vincent van Gogh on the go cup.


Make mine Community Coffee Louisiana Blend strong.  Geaux Tigers!


Self Serve Laundry/Storage Basket on Wheels

Primary level of storage simplicity.

rube-boxRube Cube Box


Fake Weighted JIF Peanut Butter Secret Compartment Diversion Dorm Safe

clip lightHampton Bay Clip Lamp


Justice League Minimalist Wall Poster

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

Rustic+2-Drawer+Writing+Desk+SiloRustic 2-Drawer Writing Desk

Rustic C side table

Stratford Rustic C Side Table

Serta-black-office-chairSerta Executive Office Chair


Houndstooth Area Rug


NCAA Louisiana State Tigers Football Pillowcase


Tommy Hilfiger Multicolored Plush Printed Throw


Sports and Game Room Roulette Pillow

boxer-dog-throw-pillowBoxer Plush Photo Real Pillow

Dylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp BlackDylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp Black

Keys, and change, and stuff.  Oh, my.


Black Faux Crocodile Tray

peace hand bookends

Peace Hand Bookends

Take note of your things to do day-to-day activities.

41iRkKZHBhLSigmund Freud Notepad

Sage Advice, Dr. Freud!

Bat Man Sticky Notes

POW!Bat Man Sticky Notes

igloo-dorm-room-fridgeIgloo Refrigerator

Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper 



Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Over-ear Stereo Headphones



I hope one or more of these resources offers design, color and decorative inspiration for your back-to-campus dorm room or apartment design and decor.

Love your style!