This post shows you the best dorm living room decor ideas!

Space-Saving Dorm Room Decor Ideas!

Creating a cozy and stylish dorm room is an exciting challenge.

Whether you're a freshman or returning as a college student, finding decor you love can feel impossible when you have minimal space and are on a budget.

The key to a great dorm room is maximizing space, incorporating personal touches, and choosing versatile decor.

Finding strategic ways to lay out your dorm room is critical to maximizing your small space.

These space-saving dorm room decor ideas will show you how to make the most out of the space in your dorm and make everything fit while still keeping it cute!

Below, we'll look at some space-saving dorm room decor ideas, and I'll show you under-bed storage ideas, dorm storage hacks, decor tips for freshman year and more.

1. White Base with Pastel Colors

A dorm room with a white and pastel color scheme

In a dorm room, you usually work with minimal space, so it is crucial to pick a color scheme.

I love this white color scheme with blue and pink accents, as the sleek white furniture gives things an elegant look while bringing in a pop of color.

A pink and white bedroom

String lights and wall art are an easy way to elevate your space!

This cute pink dorm room showcases fairy lights, instantly creating a cozy feel, a photo wall, and pastel pink accents.

You can easily create your own photo wall on a budget by finding photos you love on Pinterest and printing them out.

3. Photo Wall

A college room with a photo wall

Including a photo wall in your college dorm room is a great way to add personality to your space.

The best part? It is interchangeable, so you can easily swap out the photos when you want a revamp.

4. Including Plants

A sage green and white bedroom with plants

Incorporating plants into your dorm room make it look lively.

I love a string of pearls plant, they are so easy to maintain and look so cute!

5. Utilizing a necessities cart

A necessity cart in a dorm bedroom

When you have minimal space, an easy way to get extra storage is to get a necessity cart!!

This cart is moveable and can hold all your important goodies, from school supplies to self-care items.

If you can't find any with your color scheme, you can easily DIY it with spray paint.

6. Dorm Beds 

A white loft bed with extra storage

In your first year it can feel impossible to fit everything into your small space, but opting for a type of loft bed allows you to add extra storage space below the bed!

This dorm room covers the storage space with a large, white, fluffy blanket.

7. Area Rugs

A bedroom with wall art and an area rug

Almost counter-intuitively a large area rug in a small space is a great way to add visual interest and make the room look larger.

8. Incorporate Storage Ottomans

A orange and white bedroom with a storage ottoman
Photo by Studio Crevettes / Unsplash

I LOVE ottomans; they are a fun way to add extra seating to your college room.

Plus, they create such a cozy vibe!

Opt for a storage ottoman so you can hide small items inside it.

9. The Minimalist

A bedroom with white bedding and plants

If you're a minimalist or just want a timeless look, opting for white bedding and neutral-toned accents is the perfect addition to your room.

Include some plants in there to create a small pop of color.

10. Utilizing Window Sills

An orange and terracotta dorm bedroom with fairy lights

If you are one of the lucky ones with a window sill, I hope you're taking full advantage of it.

Add in some plants, candles, and books to maximize the space.

Plus, look how cozy draping fairy lights around your curtains look, you can easily hang them up with command strips.

11. Black and White Color Scheme

A black and white dorm bedroom with fluffy rugs and throw pillows

You can't go wrong with a black-and-white color scheme; it is classy and timeless.

With your dorm room design, you want to place each piece of furniture with intention.

The less cluttered your area is, the better.

12. Calming Blue

A leather, white and earthy toned living room with a fireplace

Blue is well known for being a calming color, which every student needs throughout the school year.

Add some blue throw pillows and a cozy blanket to your room to recreate this look and bring in a simple touch of color.

13. Desks are Critical

If you have floor space, desks are absolutely dorm room essentials.

Decorate it with a desk lamp and accessories like stationary, a pinboard, and flowers.

You can get cute desk accessories from Urban Outfitters, which are reasonably affordable.

14. Burnt Orange and White

Fairy lights draped around a room with natural materials

I am obsessed with burnt orange and white. It is such a trendy color scheme with college students at the moment, and for good reason.

15. Removable Wallpaper

A white bedroom with removable wallpaper

One of my favorite cute dorm room ideas is using stick wallpaper.

You can purchase zillions of different wall prints from Home Depot, and all you have to do is peel and stick.

Removable wallpaper is a great solution when living in residence halls!

16. Throw Pillows

A yellow and white themed bedroom

Starting with neutral colors as a blank canvas and incorporating different throw pillows is a great way to add a pop of color to your dorm room.

The great thing about this is that you can easily swap out the pillows depending on the season or your mood.

17. Bean Bag Chairs

A dorm room with a bean bag and throw pillows

One of my favorite dorm room ideas is incorporating a bean bag chair into your room.

It is an easy way to add extra seating, and it looks so cute!!

You can find some affordable ones from bed bath & beyond.

This post shows you the best dorm room decor ideas!

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