Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Newsflash: gone are the days of basic and boring dorm room decorating ideas and décor choices.

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These dorm room decorating ideas feature tasteful and dashing furnishings, accents and accessories that come together to transform an otherwise nondescript space into a chic oasis of comfort and personal style.

Double Sided 3 Panel Vintage Flowers Canvas Room Divider

Double Sided 3 Panel Vintage Flowers Canvas Room Divider

Square footage and the actual size of the space you have to work with rule the choices made.
 

I love the idea of using a room divider or screen as a headboard. I also love stylish options affording one a bit of privacy.

6 ft. Printed 3-Panel Room Divider

6 ft. Printed 3-Panel Room Divider

Curated pizzazz is easily accomplished by simply placing the divider or screen behind the head of the bed.

Genevra Upholstered Panel Headboard

Traditional options may better suit the area of the space and contribute a better result to the overall style presence you’re going for. 

Rainha Cushion Tufted College Headboard - Velvet Crush

Rainha Cushion Tufted College Headboard – Velvet Crush

Go bananas and enjoy the express yourself process of taking an empty plain space and making it into a fabulously handsome retreat. 

Standard Microfiber Reversible Banana Print Comforter Sham

Standard Microfiber Reversible Banana Print Comforter Sham

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Antique Medallion Lightweight Textured Woven Jacquard Cotton Blend Bedspread Set

Antique Medallion Lightweight Textured Woven Jacquard Bedspread Set

Prints and patterns, textures and weaves, and trending colors and thread counts make a stylish and comfortable bed.  

Makeup 250 Thread Count 100% Cotton 2-Pc. Sheet Set, Twin,

Makeup 250 Thread Count 100% Cotton 2-Pc. Sheet Set, Twin

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Cozy up to the comforts of dorm room accessories that turn in and turn down a striking look. 

Simply Clean Reversible Bed in a Bag - Serta

Simply Clean Reversible Bed in a Bag – Serta

Printed Cotton Percale Sheet Set, Twin

Printed Cotton Percale Sheet Set, Twin

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I’ve got one word for you when it comes to dorm sweet dorm…

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Madison Park Chunky Double Knit Throw Blanket

Madison Park Chunky Double Knit Throw Blanket

Bee & Willow™ Cable Knit Reversible Throw Blanket in Heather Grey

Bee & Willow™ Cable Knit Reversible Throw Blanket in Heather Grey

My dorm and townhouse roomies and I kept close company with throws and blankets.  The degree of cozy rises to a most comfortable level making for a happy dorm-apartment-condo-townhouse environment. 

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Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bins

Storage is one hot commodity in the dorm room decorating ideas scheme of storing things.

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Coiled Rope Storage Basket 

You’ve got stuff, and you need stylish storage options for housing your stuff. 

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First rule of a functioning dorm room is you’ve got to have room. 

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Twisted Paper Rope Basket Twisted Paper Rope Basket

Super cute accents and accessories don’t have to be super costly.

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Gingham Storage Cube

Storage cubes comes in on-trend colors and get the job done in style.

Assorted Colors Trunks Set of 3 Vintage Style Storage w/ Gold Handles & Locks

Assorted Colors Trunks Set of 3 Vintage Style Storage w/ Gold Handles & Locks

Household Essentials Small KD Chest in Seagrass Natural

Household Essentials Small KD Chest in Seagrass Natural

French Industrial Silver Metal Storage Trunk

French Industrial Silver Metal Storage Trunk

The designs, sizes and affordable price points of these nightstand and accent tables personify smart and stylish dorm room décor ideas. 

Vasagle Nightstand, Bedside Table, End Table with Drawer

Vasagle Nightstand, Bedside Table, End Table with Drawer

2-Tier Metal Round End Table with Removable Tray

2-Tier Metal Round End Table with Removable Tray

Adeptus Solid Wood 6 Drawer Roll Cart

Adeptus Solid Wood 6 Drawer Roll Cart

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3 Drawer Fabric Dresser Storage Tower Nightstand

Color, texture, and pattern makes the grade A+ for dorm room decorating ideas.

Intelligent Designs Charvi Chenille Square Floor Pillow
 
 
Velvet Segmented Bean Bag Chair
Great option for vanity seating or a trio in complementing colors for a bedside grouping. 
 
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Sherpa Bean Bag

Carson Carrington Islingby Modern Geometric Indoor Area Rug

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Decorative vases, plates, and planters make excellent holders for desk accessories, gadgets or make-up brushes. 

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Indoor And Outdoor Resin Head Planter

Indoor And Outdoor Resin Head Planter

One is good, but a pair becomes a good looking set of bookends. 

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Peace Sign Decor

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Dorm Room “And They Were Roommates” Poster

Love this candle (exercise caution when lighting candles and make sure to extinguish before leaving your dorm room or going to bed). 

The mom in me is coming out. 

Rising Summit Candle

Rising Summit Candle

 
White 8-Cube Organizer

White 8-Cube Organizer

Mixed Material 3 Shelf Bookcase

Mixed Material 3 Shelf Bookcase

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Novelty lighting puts a new twist on a dorm room essential. 

Golden LED Rabbit Lamp

Golden LED Rabbit Lamp

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Gold & White Flamingo Table Lamp

Soft lighting sets a cozy and inviting scene and is a fun way to reflect your personal style. 

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Industrial Desk Lamp with USB and AC Power Outlet

Industrial Desk Lamp with USB and AC Power Outlet

Table, desk, string, and just fun lighting options shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

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Mini Ceramic Globe Table Lamp, Black

 Glass Mushroom Lamp, Brown Tortoise, Glossy FinishGlass Mushroom Lamp, Brown Tortoise, Glossy Finish

Gooseneck LED Clip Lamp

Gooseneck LED Clip Lamp

Retro darling and just plain fun, the Lava lamp is almost required lighting  in the dorm room environment.

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Lava Lamps

Yes, I know cellphones serve the clock/alarm needs of today, but a wall clock, especially one this cute, still has its place in dorm room décor. 

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Infinity Instruments Wall Clock

Ions ago when I was at LSU in the dorm my roommate and I used round 3 gallon ice cream containers you could get for free at your local Baskins-Robbins for wastebaskets. 

Oval Makati Trash Can

Oval Makati Trash Can

DIY project days gone by consisted of discontinued wallpaper rolls, glue, decorista determination, and a little help from our friends Ernest and Julio Gallo.

Round Step Trash Can
 
 
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Home Expressions 6pc Washcloth Set1

 6pc Washcloth Sets

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™ Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™ in Assorted Colors

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Dearfoams 2pc Printed Faux Fur Buffalo Plaid Rug
 
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Room Essentials Strawberries Bath Mat

 
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Keurig K-Mini Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Cup of Happy Mug

Cup of Happy Mug

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H & M

tiger coffee mug

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How we love and need our coffee- the breakfast, lunch and dinner of college champions. 

Mr. Coffee Iced Coffee Maker with 22oz Reusable Tumbler and Coffee Filter

Mr. Coffee Iced Coffee Maker with 22oz Reusable Tumbler and Coffee Filter

Here’s hoping one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and décor.

Love your style!
 

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

In person return to campus activities are a go for now, and with that comes one of the best parts of the back to campus process- the decorating of the dorm room with decor pieces from the annual Places In The Home dorm room decor ideas show and tell.

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Taking a basic dorm room and putting your personal style stamp on it  creates a home away from home cozy, comfy, and stylish haven to call your own.

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The objective is to introduce the creature comforts you find you relate to in a positive, cozy, and comfortable manner.

Decorate your dorm room, townhouse, condo, or apartment with aesthetically pleasing accents and accessories in tune with your taste and personal style.

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Flashback to 1980 and my dorm room digs.

This flashback to 1980 photo of my dorm room digs is not the best quality, but it gives a general idea of the on-trend decor accents, colors, texture, and patterns of the day.

I forgot how much I loved the dark green ginger jar that was a gift with a purchase of Jungle Gardenia cologne, not to mention the plastic bamboo and rattan lamp in bright yellow.

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Let’s begin this dorm room decor ideas show and tell with accents and accessories in stylish color, texture, pattern and affordable fashion thoughtfully chosen to assist in elevating your dorm room digs to the wow! this is gorgeous level.

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

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.

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Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

Selecting just the right dorm room accents and accessories is meant to be a fun endeavor.

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Space saving solutions need not be unattractive.

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

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Don’t confuse affordable with cheap.

Customer reviews tell the tale, and the majority of them for the Linon Peggy 2 Drawer Writing Desk come in as glowing.

Excellent value!

Beautiful.

Easy to assemble.

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Linon Peggy 2-Drawer Writing Desk, 30″ Tall, White

Let’s be clear- this stacking armless chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair, Pearl Blush

A soft and stylish rug such as this Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug is a great choice for creating a chic and comfy setting.

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Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

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SAFAVIEH Handmade Casablanca Shag Vilma Moroccan Wool Rug – 5′ x 8′ 

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

A one for you, and one for your dorm mate pairing.

Cox 22" Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Cox 22″ Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table - Project 62™

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table – Project 62™

Comfy and cozy is an essential design and decorating element in this dorm room decorating ideas show and tell.

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag - Christopher Knight Home

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag – Christopher Knight Home

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural - Opalhouse

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural – Opalhouse

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

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Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. TwinTwin XL Comforter Set

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. Twin XL Comforter Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Novelty Print Twin Sheet Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Novelty Print Twin 2-Pc Sheet Set, 250 Thread Count 

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Home Expressions Tropical Leaf Comforter Set

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port - miBasics

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port – miBasics

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2) - 14"x9"x28.5"

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2)

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Calm Woman Portrait Art Print

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Album Frame

Album Frame

Decorative planters make excellent catchalls for everything from makeup brushes to K-cup pods.

Grecian Bust Pot

Grecian Bust Pot

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Style meets function in these super cute desk accessories and supplies.

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Novogratz Dobby Matte Rose Desk Lamp

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Desk Organization-Accessories-Supplies

 Gold "Hands" Bookend Set of 2

Danya B. Antique Gold “Hands” Bookend Set of 2

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Mini Beast Super Duper Loud Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Super chic in a 70s vibe kind of way, the vintage inspired Elise Vanity and Stool Set of caged rattan is a custom made piece for college into postgraduate style days.

Elise Vanity And Stool Set

Elise Vanity and Stool Set

Cosmetique Wastebasket White - Allure Home Creations

Cosmetique Wastebasket White – Allure Home Creations

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

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CozyBlock Large Modern Cosmetic Organizer Portable Storage Drawer

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer - Clear

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer – Clear

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Hover Image to Zoom 20.5 in. W Animal Laundry Hamper in White

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Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Channeled Sling Chair - Vegan Leather

Channeled Sling Chair – Vegan Leather

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Carbon Loft Stamper Cirque Bronze Metal Accent Drum Table

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

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Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

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Mesh Office Computer Chair with Lumbar Support & 360° Rolling Casters

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Blackened Steel Table Lamp

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Table Lamp

Joel-Mod-Ombre-Geometric-Area-Rug

Joel Mod Ombre Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red - Simple Designs

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red – Simple Designs

Hillside Side Table - Project 62

Hillside Side Table – Project 62

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Gymax 2 Drawers Nightstand Side Table Storage Unit Metal Frame Dorm Room

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Texture® Brand Trunk - Bronze

Texture® Brand Trunk – Bronze

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

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Exto 6Ft. Extension Cord

Featuring dual cast-aluminum tamper-resistant grounded 3-prong sockets, along with white stainless-steel housing and cover that are powder coated for durability and reduced emissions, the Extō Extension Cord includes a 6 foot 16-gauge cotton-covered industrial power cord impervious to oil and water, rated to 1,560 watts.

Non-slip, non-marking polyurethane feet keep the Extō extension cord firmly in place on a desk, table or countertop, while 4 holes on the underside allow mounting to almost any surface.

NCAA LSU Tigers 12 State Map Wood Sign

NCAA LSU Tigers 12″ State Map Wood Sign

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter - Room Essentials™

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter – Room Essentials™

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set - Room Essentials

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set – Room Essentials

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Rise & Shine 28 Bath Rug

Rise & Shine 28″ Bath Rug

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Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

Dash Mini Maker Electric GriddleDash Mini Maker Electric Griddle

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial RedKeurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial Red

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

Einstein Headphone Stand

Einstein Headphone Stand

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

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Anecdote Candle Vinyl Records Scented Candle

Wallet, and phone, and stuff.  Oh, my.

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Marshall-3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

Marshall MF3.2BLK-NA 3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

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Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Share the corn, not the germs.

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Dollar store runs result in disposable single serving popcorn bags, inexpensive treats, goodies and dorm room necessities.

The College Cookbook - by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

The College Cookbook – by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender - Black

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender – Black

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

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Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven - Black

Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven – Black

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

I hope one or more of these selections from this dorm room decor ideas show and tell offers inspiration for your dorm room or apartment furnishing.

Love your style!