Chic & Trendy Dorm Room Decor Ideas – because when your daughter is going to Ole Miss in the Fall, it’s mandatory to have a Southern dorm room with style.
Full disclosure: I’ve been saving dorm room decor ideas for more years than I care to mention. See, at Ole Miss, when we do dorm rooms, we go big or go home. Need proof? Take a look at this stunning transformation.
A few mandatory details come to mind: coordinating duvets, tufted or upholstered headboards, wall collages, memo boards, gold-accents, brilliantly disguised space-saving organization & of course, monogrammed everything.
Abby Bozeman, of Mississippi and Lindy Goodson, of Illinois, did not set out to get national media attention from The Today Show & Southern Living, yet here we are. Most folks applauded the girls for their creativity, but – as always – there were a few haters – who scoffed at the expense of the “over the top” design & time “wasted.”
If you ask me, & I know you didn’t, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to flex on your dorm room decor & make it as close to home as possible.
But here’s the thing: you don’t have to spend a fortune or invest every waking moment planning to make that tiny square cinder block space look like a million bucks.
Take a look at these dorm decor ideas with links to affordable accents, furniture & bedding & see for yourself.
25 Chic & Trendy Dorm Room Decor Ideas
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Consider multi-tasking furniture – like these ottomans that double as step stools & storage. Must-Have Dorm Room Decor: Gracie Oaks Storage Ottoman – Joss & Main
Make sure your dorm decor is on trend by using gold accents. Must-Have Accessory: Gold Tray – West Elm
Warm up the walls with a collection of Dream Catchers, plants & signs. Must-Have Accessory: Full Moon Fringe Wall Hanging – World Market
Showcase photos & stay organized with a decorative memo board. Must- Have Accessory: Sweet Jojo Designs Fabric Memo Board – Bed Bath & Beyond
Use storage that doubles as decor by using baskets & boxes everywhere! Must-Have: Twill Storage Baskets – Target
If you’re not able to coordinate your dorm decor ahead you can add personality without adding a lot of expense by using fun throw pillows & blankets. Must-Have Accessory: Square Throw Pillow – Bed Bath & Beyond
Dorm flooring is notoriously cold – not to mention unattractive – warm them up & make a statement by adding a rug or layering two! Must-Have Dorm Room Decor: Faux Fur Rug – Joss & Main
Make a bold statement with color & a shared nightstand that doubles as storage. Must-Have Accessory: Mirrored Nightstand – Joss & Main
Or use a cart with wheels! Must-Have Dorm Room Decor: 3-Tier Mobile Utility Cart – Amazon
Don’t forget the lighting! Must-Have Accessory: Set of 2 Deco Lamps – Bed Bath & Beyond
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Add personality to your dorm decor by decking the walls nail-free with vintage album covers or colorful decals. Must-Have Dorm Decor: Sass Vinyl Decals – Bed Bath & Beyond
Utilize every last bit of space – especially under the bed! Must-Have Space Saver: Sterilite Under Bed Boxes with Latches & Wheels – Amazon
Or remind yourself of all the places you want to go! Must-Have Dorm Decor: World Map Tapestry – Pottery Barn Teen
String lights = Mandatory. Must-Have Dorm Decor: Whimsical String Lights – Anthropologie
Preppy – with a hint of boho. Must-Have Dorm Accessory: Boho Down Filled Pillow – Target
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Don’t forget about the power of baskets to organize & hide clutter. Must- Have Dorm Decor: Set of Three Woven Baskets – TJ Maxx
Small gold accent pillows make a big statement. Must-Have Dorm Decor: Hello Gorgeous Throw Pillow – Bed Bath & Beyond
Or choose a bold gold lip. Must-Have Dorm Decor: Gold Foil Lips Poster – Amazon
Add more seating with a small futon. Must-Have Dorm Seating: Tufted Upholstered Futon – Walmart
Throw pillows & blankets are also mandatory style statements. Must-Have Dorm Bedding: Madison Park Faux Fur Blanket – Bed Bath & Beyond
An extra long bedskirt hides all space savers or clutter while adding detail to the design of your dorm room. Another fab detail? The acrylic chair with monogram! Must-Have Dorm Room Decor: Modway Side Chair – Target
A clear coffee table matches any color scheme. Must-Have Dorm Room Decor: Modern Home Occasional Table – Amazon
You’ll appreciate layered bedding on those nights when your roommate is hot natured! Must-Have Dorm Bedding: Crochet Trim Linen Bed Quilt – Target
Hang curtains with a tension rod to disguise a window or minimize distractions. Must-Have Dorm Room Decor: Tie Tab Curtain Panels – Bed Bath & Beyond
Final Word: You CAN decorate your dorm with style without investing a ton of money & time.
Or you can hire a designer like Selena Thomas of After Five Designs, who has helped many girls from Mississippi, Georgia & Alabama create the dorm of their dreams! And no, I’m not getting paid to say that – I just think she’s fabulous!