Dorm Decorating Ideas by Personality
Traditional Dorm for the Ivy-League Legacy
You don’t have to be an All-American athlete or go to an Ivy League school to add a touch of preppy class to your dorm decor. If you love traditional clean-cut looks, mix nautical stripes with rich flannels on your bedding and add dark leather accents to your room. A smart nautical lamp is a great addition to your bedside table or desk too. Don’t be afraid to show off trophies or awards from high school next to keepsakes from your friends and family. Whether you’re going to the old family alma mater or starting at a state school, you can combine coastal, Americana, and traditional styles to create a refined, preppy dorm.
Bohemian Dorm for the Trendy Traveler
After backpacking abroad all summer, it’s time to hit the books. For the well-traveled or aspiring globetrotter, incorporating pieces inspired by world cultures is a great way to show off your style and brighten your dorm room. Wall pieces like a world map or pictures from your adventures can open your space instantly. For the boho-at-heart, go for bright colors to help you feel less cooped up during study sessions.
Glam Dorm for the Chic Goddess
You’re polished and composed in most situations, so should your dorm should be too. Whether you’re studying in style or getting ready to go out, you gravitate towards all things luxurious. Glam style features flashy metallic accents and plush textures like faux fur or velvet. Focus on storage for the items you can’t live without. Cosmetics, clothing, accessories, and your other favorite items can be safely stored without getting in the way of your style preferences. After all, clutter is never flattering.
Mid-Century Modern for the Media Mogul
You’ve always been your friends’ go-to source for great recommendations for movies, music, books, and all things media. This is probably an obsession you’re bringing with you to college too. Student housing may be small, but there are still ways to keep your book, record, or movie collection with you. Try adding a vintage mid-modern touch to match the deep tracks you love. Classic magazine tables or stackable milk crates make great storage options for LPs. Other media, such as music and movie posters, can add a lot of personality to your dorm room.
Contemporary Dorm for the Modern Minimalist
When it comes to decorating your dorm, you take the less-is-more path and you don’t need frills to feel comfortable. If organization and storage is your jam, embrace it, but decorating your dorm like a true minimalist doesn’t mean it should feel bare. A simple touch of green or a modern geometric print can help your room feel a little homier without the clutter.
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