This site contains affiliate links, view the disclosure for more information.

Looking for the best trendy dorm rooms of the year for inspiration? Here are the viral-worthy dorm rooms that you will definitely want to copy!

trendy dorm rooms

Who is excited to decorate their dorm this fall?! Moving into a dorm can be intimidating, but it is also one of the most exciting moments in your college experience.

Of course you are going to be staying in your dorm for the entire year but wouldn't you rather ✨live✨ in your dorm than just survive? When you first enter your dorm room, it feels so boring and empty, but with some amazing, trendy inspiration and the right decor, your little shoebox can be the dorm room you have always dreamed of.

This post is all about trendy dorm rooms.


1. Use Fun Prints As Wall Decor

trendy dorm rooms 2021

Recreate this dorm room:

One of the best ways to decorate dorm walls on a budget is to hang fun canvas prints. You can buy canvases and paint on Amazon or at your local craft store for under $20, so this is a great way to decorate your walls if you are on a budget. Plus, you can paint whatever you like on them to match the colors you are already using in your dorm room!

If you aren’t the artistic type, you can always print out and trace photos onto your canvas or use a projector and trace it that way.

2. White, Grey, And Blue Color Scheme

dorm fridge

Recreate this dorm room:

How stunning is this blue, grey, and white dorm room? With a little coordination with your roommate, you can recreate this look by using neutral white bedding, a grey bed skirt, and pops of blue in your curtains, throw blankets, and curtains. This is one of those trendy dorm rooms that will wow all your friends and make you feel like your living in a 5-star hotel!

Now what really brings this room together is the cabinet in the middle that hides the dorm fridge. These look stunning, but I am going to warn you they are insanely expensive. Try looking on Facebook Marketplace (or buy & sell pages) at your school before handing over the cash for these! 

3. Use Vibrant Colors

retro dorm room

Recreate this dorm room:

To brighten up your dull and dark dorm room, incorporate fun colors! Pick out some bright, mismatched pillows you love for a pop of color on your bedding and vibrant neon prints to brighten up your walls.

You can usually find prints like these on Etsy, but they're also all over Pinterest and you can have them printed on glossy paper at Office Depot or another office store.

4. Decorate With Lots Of Plants

boho dorm

Recreate this dorm room:

Greenery is the absolute best way to add a little color to your dorm room and make it feel more lively. Drape ivy on your walls and add hanging plants from a command hook or other wall decor. You really can't go wrong with greenery in your dorm room!

5. Loft Your Bed And Cover Storage With A Curtain

girly dorm room

Recreate this dorm room:

Lofting your dorm bed will give you tons of much-needed storage space, but you don't want to constantly see the stuff under your bed. To resolve this problem, you can either use an extra-long bed skirt on your lofted bed or even a curtain!

Sometimes the extra long bed skirts still aren't long enough or you just can't find a bed skirt you like. Use curtains instead and wrap them around your bed. Genius right?!

6. Butterflies, Lightening Bolts, And Kisses

trendy dorm

Recreate this dorm room:

The perfect example of a super trendy dorm! Lightning bolts and butterflies are all the craze right now when it comes to decor. Recreate this room with a fun retro pillow from RedBubble (they have the cutest trendy throw pillows) and butterfly wall decor.

7. Hide Your Fridge With A Cabinet

dorm room fridge cabinet

Recreate this dorm room:

Old, dark dorm fridges can really throw off the look of your dorm room, so hiding them in a cabinet is a super popular way of designing dorm rooms; this creates extra decorating space and a shared side table area for you and your roomie as well!

8. Mismatched Throw Pillows

boho dorm decor

Recreate this trendy dorm rooms idea:

One of the most popular ways of decorating right now is with fun, boho, mismatched pillows. You can find stylish throw pillows anywhere, but Overstock, Society 6, Target, Home Goods, and RedBubble are the best place to find in-style designs.

To recreate this stylish dorm room, use a neutral-colored duvet on your bed, add a few fun pillows, and a letter board on your wall; this is a pretty easy dorm to recreate that is so stunning!

9. Layered Bedding

dorm room decor ideas

Recreate this dorm room:

Layered bedding is the best way to style any bed, so of course, it looks stunning in dorms as well! You can do this by laying a quilt over your entire dorm bed, a fluffy duvet pulled down halfway, and an additional throw pillow at the end of the bed.

Using layered bedding like this will make your bed look professionally styled! Plus, it will be so comfortable you will never want to leave.

10. Cover Walls With Peel & Stick Wallpaper

dorm room wallpaper

Recreate this dorm room:

Peel and stick wallpaper is one of the most popular dorm room design trends in 2021. The walls are usually old and plain, so without the option to paint, peel and stick wallpaper is the next best thing!

It is super easy to apply to your walls and can be removed hassle-free at the end of the year (without messing up the walls). The wallpaper will add so much style to your walls and without the cost of a fee at the end of the school year.

11. Cover Your Floor With A Large Rug

dorm room bedding

Recreate this dorm room:

Adding a large rug in your dorm will seriously change the look of your entire space. You will see an enormous difference when putting down the rug to cover up the flooring.

A rug not only looks amazing style-wise but will also make your dorm room feel so much cozier and inviting. Trust me, you don't want to be walking around on cold tile all year!

12. Decorate Your Desk Area

dorm room decor

Recreate this trendy dorm rooms idea:

You will be spending a lot of time at your desk area doing homework and getting ready, so why not decorate the space so you'll actually enjoy your time there? Adding baskets is the best way to add style to your shelves while also creating storage space.

You can even create a vanity area by adding a larger mirror towards the back of your desk, a light-up makeup mirror, and stylish gold makeup organizers on your counter. You will walk out of your dorm with 10/10 makeup every time with this setup!

dorm room essentials

13. Desk Shelves

trendy college dorm rooms

Recreate this dorm room:

Taking advantage of vertical space is always a good idea when you are designing your dorm room. To keep your desk clutter-free, add desk shelving on both your and your roommate's desks. Decorate your shelves with picture frames, plants, and any other fun decor to really bring together the look.

You can also have a custom-made neon sign, like this one on Etsy, on your wall; this is a fun and original dorm decor idea that you and your roomie can both appreciate!

14. Trendy Wall Decor

dorm room boho

Recreate this dorm room:

We all know how boring dorm walls can look when you first move in. Add color and style to your walls with trendy wall decor! You can do this by adding mirrors above your bed as well as photos, picture frames, and paintings.

You can also add fairy lights or any other kind of string light around your room to add subtle lighting when you don't want to use the bright overhead lights.

15. All Grey With A Pop Of Pink

dorm room girly

Recreate this dorm room:

Blush, grey, and white is a super trendy color scheme to use in dorms this year! Recreate this stunning dorm room using white layered bedding, a grey bed skirt, and blush pillows and accents; this is a perfect example of how a little planning and coordination with your roommate can make your dorm room look professionally designed!

16. Use Bulletin Boards On Your Walls

Recreate this trendy dorm rooms idea:

Using large framed bulletin boards on your walls is a fun way to cover wall space and add a personal touch to your dorm room. You can cover your boards with photos of friends and family, fun memorabilia you collect throughout the year, or even just cute photos to match your aesthetic; this is a trendy dorm room idea a ton of girls use and love (it's definitely worth recreating this year)!

17. Neon Signs

retro dorm room

Recreate this dorm room:

Custom neon signs are the perfect way to add a personal touch to your dorm room! You can buy neon signs to say your name or dorm room number off Etsy. Hang them over your bed or on your nightstand, and you have the perfect way to add subtle and fun lighting to your room!

18. All Pink Decor

simple dorm room ideas

Recreate this dorm room:

You can never go wrong with using all pink decor in your dorm room! Start with neutral white bedding, and add pops of pink with your curtains, throw blankets, and other decor pieces; this is an easy but amazing way to decorate your dorm room this year, making it feel extra bright and fun.

19. Create A Shared Seating Area

dorm headboards

Recreate this dorm room:

When you have friends visit your dorm room, you will want additional seating for them to use! A small love seat between your beds or an open dorm space creates a little living room in your dorm. Decorate it with some fun throw pillows and blankets to really give it a homey feel.

Love seats are also great to have when you are putting shoes on or getting ready in the mornings.

20. Brick Wallpaper Accent Wall

dormify dorm rooms

Recreate this trendy dorm rooms idea:

Dormify has everything you need to decorate your trendy dorm rooms this year. The grey brick wallpaper is one of their most popular products that everyone is using. Decorate with this brick wallpaper as an accent wall and use the super cute throw pillows on your bed.

21. Storage Cubes With Baskets

dorm room ideas for girl

Recreate this dorm room:

These dressers are a stylish way to add storage to your room while also keeping your things hidden and organized. You can never go wrong with adding storage space to your dorm room; this dresser from Home Depot even comes with baskets to fit perfectly in the room.

22. Create A Shelf Surrounding Your Fridge

dorm room ideas ole miss

Recreate this dorm room:

The custom-made dorm cabinets come at a hefty price, so this is a great way to give your dorm a similar look but at half the cost. Use two tall drawers, like this one from Ikea, on either side of your fridge and an extra piece of matching wood as a counter. If you cannot find a pre-made counter, it may require a little DIY to cut a piece of wood and paint it, but the outcome is so worth it!

23. Create A Gallery Wall With Small Prints

dorm wall decor ideas

Recreate this dorm room:

Creating a collage with aesthetic prints is the #1 trendy dorm room idea this year. You can either buy pre-made collage kits, like this one from Etsy, or even create your own using photos from Pinterest and printing them out. Either way, this is a decor idea that you will find in any trendy dorm room this year.

24. Cushioned Headboard

dorm rooms alabama

Recreate this trendy dorm rooms idea:

If you want to make your dorm room feel like a home this year, you will want to add a headboard to your bed. The cushioned headboard from DormCo is the perfect headboard to add style to your bed while also making it extra comfortable. Plus, using a light cushioned headboard can make packing and moving in so much easier.

25. Custom Name Wall Decor

dorm rooms ole miss

Recreate this dorm room:

Adding personalized decor to your dorm room is a fun way to make your dorm feel unique and original. One way to do this is by buying custom-made wooden name signs on Etsy (for a great price) to hang above your dorm bed.

Continue to decorate with a shared nightstand, cube stools, and other girly decor pieces to recreate this stunning dorm room!

26. LED Lights

trendy dorm rooms 2021

Recreate this trendy dorm rooms idea:

Thanks to TikTok, LED lights are all the craze right now. You always see LED lights in guys' dorm rooms, but they look so good and are a fun way to add lighting in girls' dorms as well. 

Get LED lights on Amazon and hang them at the top of your ceiling. The best part about these is that they can be turned on and off with a remote, so your dorm can easily turn into a party room with just the click of a button 😉 !

27. Use Cute Decor To Organize Jewelry

best dorm rooms

Recreate this dorm room:

Most of us girls have a ton of jewelry, so you will want an easy but cute way to organize them all. The best way to do this is to hang a cute wall jewelry organizer using command hooks. Then you can add some gold vanity organizers to your dresser to organize other frequently used beauty products!

28. Create A "Dresser" With Storage Cubbies

cool dorm room ideas

Recreate this dorm room:

Storage cubbies are the least expensive way to create stunning storage space in your dorm room, at half the cost of a dresser. To turn your storage cubbies from a bland piece of furniture into something that looks like a million bucks, add baskets, lamps, and other decor on the top. You and your roomie will love having the additional storage space and the look of your professionally designed looking "dresser". 

29. Hang Pendant Lighting With A Command Hook

trendy dorm room ideas cozy

Recreate this dorm room:

How genius is this?! Buy a plug-in pendant light and hang it from the ceiling over your bed with a command hook; this creates the look of built-in accent lighting as well as additional lighting over your bed, perfect for studying or just hanging out. Seriously, I wish I had thought of doing this before I moved in!

30. Trendy Western Theme

rustic dorm room

Recreate this trendy dorm rooms idea:

If the Western look is your thing, this dorm room is the perfect inspiration for you! Turn your dorm into a little piece of your hometown with a cow print headboard and other subtle Western decor pieces. Brown is a super trendy color to accent with this year, so this is a great way to add a neutral pop of color to your dorm room if bright colors aren't your thing.

31. Headboard Shelving

dorm shelves

Recreate this dorm room:

Adding a headboard with built-in shelving will create a space for you to store items you want close by. Decorate your headboard shelving with baskets and other fun pieces that you love to bring the look together. I know so many girls with headboards like this, and their dorm rooms look so good.

32. Tapestries And Wall Hangings

trendy dorm room ideas boho

Recreate this dorm room:

Tapestries and wall hangings are a go-to way to give your dorm room the boho look and cover blank wall space that will not cost you an arm and a leg. Find a stylish tapestry in colors you love on Amazon, RedBubble, or Society 6 to hang on your dorm walls!

33. Colorful Headboards

coolest dorm room accessories

Recreate this dorm room:

A great way to add a pop of color in your dorm room is with colored headboards. These navy blue ones are super unique and will make your room stand out from all the others! Use other blankets, pillows, and decor in your dorm to match your headboards to create a stunning and original dorm design.

34. Silver Color Scheme

dorm room ideas girl

Recreate this dorm room:

Silver is a beautiful and trendy color to use in dorm design this year. Recreate this look by using silver curtains, a mirror dresser, and gray bedding.

35. Seating Area

dorm living room

Recreate this dorm room:

If you have the space in your dorm, add a small sofa; this will create additional seating for you, your roommates, and your friends. 

Use a bright, fun-colored couch with a ton of accent pillows to complete the look. You will definitely be the friend with the room everyone wants to hang out in!

36. Framed Collage Wall

dorm room idea

Recreate this dorm room:

Floral decor is another super popular way of decorating dorm rooms this year! Decorate with pastel colors, floral pillows, and photos on your collage wall.

Designing a collage wall is an easy way to create a classy wall design in your dorm room. Buy a set of square frames off Amazon and simply fill the frames with trendy designs or photos of friends and family.

37. Minimalistic White Decor

trendy dorm room

Recreate this dorm room:

Decorating with all-white decor is a great way to give your room a classy, bright look. You can seriously never go wrong with using white in your dorm! White bedding, white pillows, and other sleek decor pieces in your room will help you to recreate a dorm room as stunning as this!

38. Fun Pops Of Color

dorm room ideas

Recreate this dorm room:

If you really want to brighten your room and create a unique dorm design, incorporate fun pops of color in your dorm. The orange-themed dorm room is the perfect way to design a fun, unique, and trendy room! Match your rugs, curtains, and throw pillows for pops of color!

39. White, Blush, And Gold

dorm room essentials

Recreate this dorm room:

Blush is one of the trendiest accent colors that looks amazing in dorm rooms every single time. Create this stunning girly dorm room by using blush stools, throw pillows, and gold accents in your lamps and wall decor.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Where To Next?