Heading back to campus? While going off to college this year is going to be anything but normal, that doesn't mean you still can't have some fun. With schools operating modified schedules, enforcing regular coronavirus testing, and capping capacity in common areas, this is year to go all-out in your dorm room and make it a place that you're happy to study and socialize in.
To help, we've rounded up our favorite cute dorm room ideas that are both stylish and comfortable ... just in case you end up spending more time there than usual.
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8 cute dorm room ideas you can recreate this year
Bohemian style is everywhere this year, so why not channel instagrammers like Justina Blakeney with tons of pale pink and burnt orange, woven wall hangings, piles of throw pillows and plenty of houseplants (because that dorm-room air can get stuf-fy).
Snag a stylish desk chair
If your school doesn't provide desk furniture, take this as a chance to BYO in style. Instead of a standard, corporate-looking black design chair, opt for a brightly colored retro-inspired version, like this one from Target, instead. Or, check out our list of the most stylish desk chairs under $200.
Try black and white
Prefer a modern look? You can't go wrong with black-and-white. Among the many benefits of a monochrome color scheme: it's easy to pull together, it's soothing, and if you're sharing a room, it'll go with almost anything your roommate adds to the space.
Give your walls some love
While you can't paint the walls in your dorm room, you can still add a pop of color with a little creative thinking. Try wall decals, like these ones from Target, shown above, and a painted peg board in a color that coordinates with your decor.
Try a frameless gallery wall
Another great way to add life to your walls without causing permanent damage is to hang art without frames. Gather a bunch of wall art prints you love from places like Dormify (seen above), Society 6, or Etsy and use washi tape to hang them to the wall. Bonus: Buying art without frames is way cheaper, too.
Style a storage trolley
In a small space like a dorm room, organization is essential, so don't forget to add plenty of storage to your design plans. We love storage trolleys like this one from Walmart for both storing things like school supplies and shower caddies, but they're also a fun style opportunity, too. Designate one or two shelves for decor like candles, faux florals, or your favorite books to create homey vibe.
Add a faux headboard
Let's face it: the dorm room furniture your school provides isn't the most stylish. But, you don't have to settle for a standard-issue bed. A faux headboard, like this one from Dormify, attaches to the wall behind your bed with Command hooks. Target also offered a large headboard-shaped pillow that's a great option, too.
Buy coordinated bedding
If you're not really sure how to pull together an entire dorm room look that feels cohesive, try a ready-made dorm room bed and bath set. Fear not: These aren't you parents beds-in-a-bag. These stylish sets (check out Amazon's offering) typically come with sheets, a comforter, pillow cases, and towels that coordinate without being matchy-matchy.