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8 Decorating Tips for a Chic Dorm Room

Move-in day is a couple of weeks away for my university, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share my dorm room decorating tips with you all. If you’re an incoming freshman or a returning student who is going to be living in the dorms this year, then this post is for you. Heck, I even use all of these tips for decorating my apartment, so if you’re not a college student there are still some great decorating tips here for you!

Whether you’re socializing or studying, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your dorm room this semester. Since this will be your home away from home for a while, you’ll probably want to make sure your space looks and feels inviting and cozy. Your dorm room will most likely be quite small and will be used for different functions so the decor will definitely have a big impact on the overall feel of the space.

I also realize that after purchasing all of the big necessities for your room, you probably don’t have a large budget left for decorating. Don’t worry, almost all of the tips below are budget friendly and these items can be purchased (or gifted) over time. Keep reading for my budget friendly dorm room decorating tips.


8 Decorating Tips for a Chic Dorm Room:


1. Start with Neutral Bedding

Your bed is going to take up a lot of space in your room. To keep the room feeling light and airy opt for neutral bedding. Believe me, neutral bedding doesn’t have to be boring. Go for a solid, light-colored comforter that has a fun texture, or a neutral-colored comforter that has a subtle print instead. 

Chic Neutral Bedding to Love:

2. Have Fun with Throw Blankets

You’re going to want a cozy blanket to snuggle up with while you’re studying, so why not have one that looks cute too? I love decorating with throws that have a playful detail or unexpected texture. It’s a small, inexpensive way to add a bit of character to your space!

Chic Throw Blankets to Love:

3. Add Lamps for Form and Function

You’re going to need a lamp for your nightstand or desk. Why not get one that looks chic? Details like a marble base or fun geometric shape will make a big difference and set your room apart from all of the others!

Chic Lamps to Love:

4. Add Character with Pillows

The fastest and cheapest way to add character to a space is with pillows. This is where you can let your personality shine! I like to keep things neutral and add interest with fun patterns and texture, but you could certainly add pop of color if that’s more your style.

Chic Pillows to Love:

5. Add Interest with Wall Hangings

Ditch the cheap posters and opt for a chic wall hanging instead! Add a pop of color or a touch of boho glam with wall hangings that will be sure to turn heads. 

Chic Wall Hanging to Love:

6. Get Stylish with Storage

Everyone needs storage, but instead of using those cheap plastic containers that everyone has, why not get stylish with your storage? Use fun wicker baskets to hold your shoes and bags and decorative containers to keep your desk tidy and chic.

Chic Storage Options to Love:

7. Add a Rug for a Cozy Feel

You will most likely have ugly carpet or flooring in your room. While you can’t change out the flooring, you can add a rug for a cozy, personalized feel! Just be sure to check with your roommate before buying one that will creep into her half of the room.

Chic Rugs to Love:

8. Add Personality with Trinkets

Space is going to be limited, so I wouldn’t go overboard with trinkets, but they are a great way to add your unique style to your dorm room. Whether it’s a small sentimental object or a fun item that your purchased just because, these small trinkets can add so much personality to your space.

Chic Trinkets to Love:


I hope you enjoyed my eight decorating tips for a chic dorm room. If you like my tips, don’t forget to check out my other college posts! If you have a question about college feel free to comment below or email me and I will help you out to the best of my ability!


Do you have any dorm room decorating tips?



Until next time,

Kayla Watters | A Classic Ambition


Also See: 5 Fashion Tips for College Girls and 10 Tips for Success in College



  • Reply Mary August 10, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Love the pillows and basket…super chic! 🙂

    • Reply Kayla September 16, 2017 at 10:12 AM

      Thank you, Mary!

      xo Kayla

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