Wall Decor for the Dorm Room



When you move into your dorm room, you see bare walls and floors. There is no color scheme or personality to the area, as its generic state lends itself to the creativity of you and every other student. While some décor mavens may be armed with dozens of DIY projects to brighten up the dorm room, others may be stumped about how to cost-efficiently spruce up thewalls. Below are ideas to get your own creative juices flowing!

1.       Posters

Let’s start with the basics; posters are a simple and fun way to decorate your dorm and add a little extra personality. Display posters with images of your favorite band, actor, movie, animal and art work – whatever speaks to you! For a more cohesive look, why not select images that feature a similar subject or color scheme? For example, a black-white-and-red will look sharply modern, while an under-the-sea theme will tie in the different posters for a united aesthetic that pleases the eye.

2.       Create your own photo wall mural

Murals make rooms appear larger, as well as gives you the freedom to personalize the subjects. Why not dig into your personal collection to find your favorite snapshots of your hometown? Alternatively, include magazine photos of travel destinations that inspire you. Photoshop and similar programs make it easy to create a digital mural, but you can always manually fashion one with scissors, glue, cardboard and lacquer.

3.       Hang a tapestry

Tapestries are generally larger in size and can be a quick solution for reducing the amount of visible beige. This is especially considering that the many college students are discouraged from painting their dorm walls. If you plan on having bold patterns featured throughout the room, opt for a tapestry with a solid print. On the other hand, if your other decorative pieces are monochromatic, select a wall hanging with dynamic personality.

4.       Decorate with washi tape

Sold with bright colors and patterns, washi tape is a valuable asset for crafters. For a fun project, cut out cardboard shapes and wrap it in the tape. Additionally, you can cover cheap frames with the washi tape to make pictures truly pop.

5.       Hang string lights

String lights not only provide a soft alternative to the harsh overhead illumination, but can draw attention to corners that you want to spotlight. While white bulbs will serve you regardless of the season, holiday-themed string lights automatically add festive cheer.

6.       Brighten your walls with removable wallpaper sheets and wall decals

This peel-and-stick wallpaper and decals come in different patterns and colors. The beauty is that, once it’s time to pack up for summer break, you can easily remove the decorative touches.  Though you may need to wipe away glue or stickiness from the wall, you won’t need to reapply a fresh coat of paint.

7.        Message boards

Turn to message boards for wall decorations that are practical. Many of these products are framed by eye-catching designs for a contemporary appeal. Plus, friends can leave humorous sentiments scribbled across the surface. Lightweight and easy to hang, message boards can be hung by desks, front doors or anywhere else you desire.

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Katherine Carpenter

Katherine Carpenter

Hi I'm Katherine! I love DIY projects, especially ones that I can use to make my dorm room pop! My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, especially when it's on a cone. I love hanging out with my sorority sisters and giving back to the community. Always remember to live, laugh and love!