The Best Dorm-Room Decor For Every Vibe

Aug 3 2022 - 4:00pm

Saying goodbye to summer can be bittersweet. Although you'll miss vacation mode, back-to-school season [1] is filled with its own adventures. Whether you're a first-year student or returning to campus this fall, on-campus housing doesn't have to be drab. You have to freedom to decorate it however you like, from a neutral, boho escape to fun pops of color for a playful aesthetic. There's no better time to reinvent yourself and your dorm room to fit your vibe. We curated the best dorm-room decor ahead, so you can have a stylish room [2] you'll be proud to call home.

We found a few cool string lights to get your ideal ambience, including curtain-style lighting that can cover a wall, LED lights interwoven with an ivy vine, and one that has metal clips to hang pictures. Embrace your cozy side [3], and get a few faux-fur throw pillows and soft throw blankets. Set up your vanity with glam elements like a mirrored display tray and chic jewelry stands. We even found a cloud-shaped mirror and one that has an iridescent hue that's truly mesmerizing. Plus, we found the cutest sloth planter that will make you smile whenever you look at it. The best part? Everything is fairly affordable; nothing is above $55. Shop our top picks ahead.

Additional reporting by Shelcy Joseph

Storing Memories: Y2K Instax Photo Album

Create a cute coffee-table book for all your memories with friends and family with this Y2K Instax Photo Album [5] ($12). You can fit 64 of your favorite Instax instant pics into one photo album. It comes in a lime-green checkered floral pattern, a blue checkered swirl print, and a purple ying-yang floral pattern. It's a cute and sentimental way to add a pop of color and even a Y2K flair to your dorm.

A Stylish Ring Holder: Diana Ring Holder

The Diana Ring Holder [6] ($24) is a stunning work of art that's actually pretty useful. It can hold all your rings, bracelets, necklaces, masks, and even lanyard with your keys and ID. It comes in three colors: black and white, maroon, and blue.

A Cute Planter: Sloth 4” Planter

The Sloth 4" Planter [7] ($14, originally $18) is such an adorable planter, you won't be able to resist smiling when you look at it. This ceramic planter will instantly brighten up your dorm and give it a positive and uplifting feel. It has a speckled finish that can go with a variety of aesthetics.

A Cool Mirror: Nova Iridescent Mirror

The Nova Iridescent Mirror [8] ($39, originally $49) is an eye-catching piece that will impress your friends and your RA. It's a mesmerizing piece that has an iridescent shine, giving your space a cosmic vibe. It's a sleek way to incorporate some color as well. It's 14 inches in diameter.

A Picture Wall: Room Essentials LED Fairy Lights With Metallic Photo Clips

Create a meaningful and cute picture wall in your dorm with this Room Essentials LED Fairy Lights With Metallic Photo Clips [9] ($10). The fairy lights have 20 mini LEDs that will light up your favorite memories. You can also hang up to 20 pictures with either gold clips or clear clips. They are battery operated and require 3 AA batteries.

A Statement Mirror: Frameless Icon Wall Mirror

The Frameless Icon Wall Mirror [10] ($54, originally $69) will make your space feel dreamy and whimsical. You can either get the cloud-shaped mirror or the flower-shaped one. It mounts to the wall and weighs around three pounds. It's around 17 inches in length and height.

Mood Lighting: Room Essential 100ltr LED Plug-In Curtain String Lights With Clips

The Room Essential 100ltr LED Plug-In Curtain String Lights With Clips [11] ($10) will cover a 12-foot wall with mesmerizing fairy lighting. They have 100 LED lights with effects like rotating, flashing, and blinking. If you're in the market for mood lighting to set the ambience, this is the one.

Greenery: Ivy Vine String Lights

Add some greenery to your space while enhancing the mood lighting with these Ivy Vine String Lights [12] ($16). They'll bring a little bit of nature throughout your space while giving a warm hue. Hang them from your bed frame, on the walls, or near a window sill. Plus, they come with a remote control that has eight lighting settings.

A Stylish Jewelry Stand: Trigem Tabletop Jewelry Stand

Make your vanity or desk look neat and organized with this Trigem Tabletop Jewelry Stand [13] ($29). It has three tiers to hold necklaces, bracelets, sunglasses, masks, and more. You can place earrings and rings at the dish on the bottom. This is an elegant piece that you can use beyond college as well.

A Cozy Throw: Threshold Designed With Studio McGee Color Block Boucle Throw Blanket

The Threshold Designed With Studio McGee Color Block Boucle Throw Blanket [14] ($25) is something that will make your dorm feel cozier. It's a super-soft bouclé throw blanket with fringe detailing that gives it a cottagecore vibe. It comes in three shades that colorblock with cream: green, mahogany, and orange. Place this on top of your bed or accent seating for an elevated look.

A Cozy Throw: Threshold Solid Chenille Knit Throw Blanket

Add texture to your bedding with this Threshold Solid Chenille Knit Throw Blanket [15] ($20). It comes in neutral, navy, cream, gold, and gray, so you can add a pop of color or keep it neutral. It has a cable-knit design and a soft feel for a cozy and comfortable vibe. This will come in handy during the upcoming colder months.

A Fur Accent: Room Essentials Faux Fur Throw Pillow

The Room Essentials Faux Fur Throw Pillow [16] ($6) is such a fab and inexpensive way to make your room look glam and cozy. It'll look so cute on your bed or on any accent seating in your room. It comes in two sizes, lumbar and square. It also comes in a variety of colors like white, black, pink, purple, and gray.

For the Vanity: PuTwo Mirror Vanity Tray

Organize your perfumes, your most-used makeup, your jewelry, and more with this regal PuTwo Mirror Vanity Tray [17] ($26, originally $28), and elevate the look of your vanity or bathroom. You can even use it as a catch-all on a side table or coffee table. You can also choose a black-metal, gold, rose-gold, or silver-metal option.

Stylish Storage: EzoWare Set of 4 Bamboo Fabric Storage Bins With Cotton Rope Handle

You can still prioritize storage and organization without ruining the look of your room. This EzoWare Set of 4 Bamboo Fabric Storage Bins With Cotton Rope Handle [18] ($30, originally $35) is a stylish set that adds a natural, farmhouse vibe to your space. It's made from a durable bamboo cotton fabric that's water resistant. Each bin is around 10.5" x 10.5" x 11", so you can place it on shelving or underneath your bed. It also comes in other colors including gray.

A Colorful Candle: Paddywax Color Block Artisan Hand-Poured Scented Candle

Add a pop of color to your space with the Paddywax Color Block Artisan Hand-Poured Scented Candle [19] ($24, originally $40). The 16-ounce candle is made from a soy-blend wax and has three wicks. It has a burn time of 45 hours. It comes in three color combinations and scents: the purple and orange candle has notes of violet and vanilla; the blue and green has notes of bergamot ozone, tart lime, jasmine, and sage; and the pink and coral smells like sparkling grapefruit.

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