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15 Dorm Room Decor Ideas That'll Make Your Space Super Aesthetic

Ahem, where's my degree in interior design??

dorm room decor ideas
Etsy

Sure, getting an education and making new friends is cool and all—but another valuable part of going to college is having your own space for the first time. Okay, maybe it's not all your own space (hi, roommates!), but for many peeps, this is your first time living (somewhat) on your own and, thus, getting to decorate it how you want. Finally! You get to flex your interior design skill and create a sanctuary where many an essay will be conceived and lifelong friendships will be fostered. So, without further adieu, here are some dorm room decor ideas you oughta check out.

And yes (because I know you're asking), all of these ideas are dorm room-friendly. No extreme paint jobs or prohibited kitchen appliances in this mix! Instead, you'll find ways to level up your bed, aesthetic storage options, and tons of other ways to turn your room into the coolest one in the building. Scroll through for 15 cute college bedroom decorating ideas—and check out more dorm room essentials here. Happy decorating!

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1
Get a funky lamp
Lamp With Pleated Shade
Etsy

Turning your dorm room into a Pinterest-worthy nook doesn't require that much effort, TBH, if you snag yourself a statement lamp. How about this edgy one that'll add some dimension to your space?

2
Hang up a gallery wall
Classy Night In gallery wall
Desenio

Looking for a way to take advantage of that huge blank wall? Try designing a gallery wall! This set from Desenio is so chic and already comes pre-designed with different photos that are all cohesively ~aesthetic~. Or if you'd rather make one yourself, you can use their neat gallery wall tool to help you design one—all without the headache.

3
Get a cool alarm clock
Alarm Clock
Loftie

You'll be surprised what a sexy alarm clock (never thought I'd say that) could do to a room! It'll sophisticate any tabletop. And we loveee that. Invest in this super fab one that has tons of cool features that promote healthy sleep habits. We're talking a dimmable display, a built-in nightlight, a two-phase alarm, and even playable content (like guided meditations and sleep playlists).

4
Add a cute mat in your bathroom
Letter Folk Tile Mat
Letter Folk

Have your bathroom floors look like something out of a Kar-Jenner home for less with a fancy-looking floor mat. This vintage-inspired mat comes with a bunch of tiles so you can customize it to your liking.

5
Surround your room with flameless candles
Flameless Led Candles
Yinuo Candle
Now 27% off

If you want your room to have a zen theme, candles are an effortless way to really bring that calming energy to life. I know dorms typically don't allow candles (sad), so here's a flameless option that you can control with a handy-dandy remote.

6
Upgrade your bedding sitch
Trule Becker Duvet Cover Set
Wayfair
Trule

Treating yourself to a luxe bedding set will instantly transform your dorm into a fancy hotel room. (We all know there's nothing like a fresh hotel room!) And let's be real: Tell me you don't like the idea of sinking into a clean, silky-smooth-feeling bed after a long day of studying.

7
Choose an aesthetically pleasing mini fridge
Retro 3.2 Cu. Ft. Mini-Fridge
Frigidaire

If you're planning on getting a mini-fridge, make sure you get one that matches the rest of your room. It's a big piece of real estate that'll take over your dorm, so might as well make sure it's a good lil standout piece.

8
Go for a woven trash can
Kouboo La Jolla Rattan Mesh Round Waste Basket
Amazon

A really easy way to zhuzh up a space is by getting a pretty wastebasket. This boho one is less than $35 on Amazon and will do wonders to the looks of your dorm room.

9
Decorate with bold bookends
Justina Blakeney Face Bookend Vase

I mean, those textbooks gotta go somewhere, right? Between a pair of fun bookends is the perfect place.

10
Attach a nice headboard to your bedframe
Cane Headboard
West Elm

Trying to figure out how to bring some oomph into your twin XL sitch? Add a headboard! Trust me, your room will instantly feel more legit.

11
Snag a charming storage ottoman (or two)
Amazon Basics Upholstered Tufted Storage Ottoman

Get you some chic storage that doubles as seating. You'll be grateful for 'em every time your friends come over.

12
Plop an elegant photo frame on your desk
Muji Small Magnetic Frame

Don't wanna drop a lot of dough on decor? No prob. An acrylic photo frame to display all those precious mems will do the trick.

13
Pick out stylish storage options
CB2 Roscoe Metal Baskets

While you're decorating, think about what necessities could also double as stylish home decor pieces. For instance, you can trust gold storage baskets to hold allll your things and look great doing it.

14
Lay out a cozy rug
nuLOOM Neva Plush Shag Area Rug

Trying to fill your dorm with all the ~cozy vibes~? Two words: shag rug. It'll instantly make your room feel incredibly relaxing. Peep this under-$100 find!

15
Shine some colorful galaxy lights
BlissLights Sky Lite 2.0 - RGB LED Laser Star Projector
Amazon
Now 57% off

For all those who wanna be able to change up the mood of the room whenever they feel like it, buy a projector. Whether you're hosting a gathering or just want a chill place to hang out, this galaxy projector will do the work for ya.

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