21 Dorm Decor Ideas That We Are OBSESSING Over For 2020

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This post is all about dorm decor ideas (and believe me, they are GOOD!).

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Maybe it's just me, but before I moved into my college dorm room, I spent hours looking at ideas and planning my perfect room. Like hours on Pinterest.

I was obsessed with every single detail from thinking about what I was going to put up for my dorm wall decor, the comforter and pillows I was going to get for my bed, literally even how I was going to organize my dorm closet.

At the time I thought I was really weird for being so excited about planning that, but now I know that thousands of girls do the same thing ;).

At this point, we all know how putting together a super cute and original dorm is fun but also a lot of work! 

Here are some of the most adorable dorms that will make you want to decorate your dorm ASAP!

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Best Dorm Decor Ideas:

1. Couch By Day, Bed By Night

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We're basically loving everything about this dorm room. I mean from that mirror, to the garland, to that shiplap wallpaper?! Could not be any cuter.

Putting your throw pillows on your bed like this can double as a couch for you and friends when it's made! This will save room in your dorm and makes your bed look a lot bigger. 

Here's where you can find the cute removable Shiplap wallpaper she has in her room. Also! Target has my favorite circle mirrors at by far the best price (I have one in my apartment now!). 

2. Find Bedding At Target

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Target honestly has so many bedding option for twin sized dorm beds. I could literally shop around Target for HOURS. I personally got my dorm comforter and LOVED it. 

All of this bedding is from Target. They have tons of mix and match bedding options that will make your dorm super cute! It's also at such good prices!

3. Pretty And Pink

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I am absolutely obsessed with blush colored dorm decor and bedding. Blush colored bedding, pillows, and decor are pretty easy to find so you will have tons of decorating options!

Another thing I love about this dorm room is that it is SO cute but also completely doable. Like it's the perfect mix of trendy but not over-the-top. 

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4. Use IKEA Furniture

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This storage side table from IKEA is pretty much the best thing ever. This one is not only a perfect size for tall dorm beds, but it can store SO much too!

My sisters dorm is the pic on the right (or bottom) and she swore by having one of these. She would keep her makeup in the top and then clothes in the bottom.

Also, that's an unedited picture of her dorm room at University of Wisconsin-Madison so you can see the true colors of the wall (aka WHY do dorm rooms always need to go so cream 🤢). 

5. Cover Dorm Furniture With Bed Skirts And Table Clothes

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Does it get any more southern than this dorm room?!

I think we can all agree, dorm furniture is almost always ugly. I remember looking at my dorm before I moved in and wondering how I could possibly make it look cute with that hideous yellow furniture.

If the furniture bothers you like it did for me, use bed skirts to cover the bed and table clothes to DIY a skirt for the desks!

6. Share A Side Table

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Having a side table in your room between the beds does numerous effective things in your dorm room.

First and foremost, it makes the room look cute. If you use white, it also adds brightness which a dorm room almost always needs.

Secondly, it adds more storage which is a MUST. You can literally never have too much storage in a dorm room. 

7. Use Fake Flowers To Decorate

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Fake flowers are super cheap and end up looking stunning on your dorm walls. I would definitely try this one out!

8. Blush And Gold

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Using blush and gold decor in your dorm room will make it super chic and girly! Who doesn't love some gold accents?!

9. Use Macrame As Wall Decor

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Macrame is a go-to for boho wall decor. There are tons of different sizes and colors of macrame on Amazon. Hang pictures from your macrame to make it even more personal!

10. Cover Dorm Walls With Peel Off Wall Paper

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Some cute wall paper can change the entire dorm room. I love this idea so much that I wish I could go back and live in a dorm again to use it.

11. Lower Your Dorm Bed

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I cannot tell you how many times I wish I had lowered my bed in my dorm. Hopping up there every night was NOT fun. 

12. Hang A Shelf From Your Headboard And Add Lights

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The extra shelf on your headboard is a perfect place to add more fun decor and photos. My favorite part about this idea is that you can use lights under your shelf to provide some reading light! SO cool.

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13. Neutral Rustic/Boho Decor

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I am a huge fan of this color scheme for a dorm room. Plus the shared side table is perfect for extra storage!

14. Use Baskets

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Baskets are a must in a dorm room! You will most likely constantly be running out of space and baskets are a perfect way to add some more storage while still keeping all your things organized and cute.

15. Have An Accent Wall

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It can get pretty pricey to cover your whole dorm in wallpaper, so opt for an accent wall instead. This will save you time and money and ends up looking so good!

16. Mix And Match Pillows

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If you are going for a fun and neon look for your dorm, using all different colors and patterned pillows is a great way to do it. This colorful style is one of my favorite trendy dorm decor ideas right now!

17. Cover Blank Walls With A Large Photo

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If you are looking for an easy way to fill a large wall space, this is a perfect way to do it! You can either find a large canvas on Amazon, or print out your own photo on a canvas.

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18. All White

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Using all white decor will give your dorm room a clean look. I love how this looks! Plus, white decor is always easy to find.

Although this looks super pretty, if you are a messy person I would stay away from white. 

19. Match With Your Roomie

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Matching bedding and decor with your roommate always looks stunning! This will make your room look more organized and put together in the end. Definitely coordinate decor with your roomie before moving in!

20. Cute Rustic Theme

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If you are a fan of a rustic theme, this is the dorm room for you! How cute are these wooden headboards?!

21. Neon And Color Boho Retro

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This is such a fun theme to decorate your dorm room for all those girly girls out there. Neon lights are so fun and add lighting when you don't want to turn on your bright ceiling lights. 

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