Dorm rooms are do-it-all spaces: bedroom, study space, sitting room, gathering space. And in the midst of all that, you want it to reflect your personality. Here in this first post of a short series are some of our decorating choices for a small space in a cheery color scheme of aqua, coral, and gray:
Stamped Triangle, $35 per 2×4-foot panel, chasingpaper.com
Go ahead, get graphic. Chasing Paper’s removable peel-and-stick wallpaper gives you the choice of covering an entire wall in pattern or making custom wall art from a single panel.
Templeton Futon, $208.99, target.com
Need a little flexibility when it comes to impromptu overnighters? This stylish seating is a comfy couch by day yet offers a cozy spot for a sleepover.
Room Essentials Storage Ottoman, $34.99, target.com
Place a pair of these footstools in front of the futon for a coffee table setup and you’ve also added extra seating, comfy footrests, and much-needed storage.
Safavieh Christa Chevron Silver & Ivory Area Rug, $102.99 for 6×4, wayfair.com
Guarantee a bit of softness (and dynamic pattern!) underfoot with this tufted wool beauty.
Evelyn Throw, $32.95, jossandmain.com
A boldly colorful throw jazzes up quieter furnishings and offers snuggly warmth when weather cools.
Peach Raja Bean Bag Chair Lounger, $169.99, houzz.com
A vivid ikat pattern lends elegance to casual bean-bag seating. Perfect for feet-up activities like TV watching, gaming, reading, or just chatting with friends.
BILD Poster, $10, ikea.com
Typography is so hot right now. And at IKEA’s prices and the easy-hang items below, you can change your artwork on a whim.
These little tools are essential for dorm rooms or rentals. Stock up!
Tick-Chalk 19.75″ Clock, $49.95, crateandbarrel.com
It’s time to get clever. Design your own clock face, make notes, add inside jokes—make it an interactive conversation piece.
This Is The Life in White/Black and Bookshelf in Multi Throw Pillows, $49.99–$89.99, katespade.com
Get some extra style credits for these bookish accent pillows.
Over the Door Mirror, $99.95, crateandbarrel.com
This simple addition to your space will serve you well in three ways: it will reflect the room, making it seem larger; it will bounce light around in the space; and it’ll give you a last check as you leave to make sure that scarf or those earrings are really the best choice.
Wood Photo Frame Screen, $123.95, houzz.com
Divide a small space into zones with a room divider that also adds visual interest.
Maci Pleated Curtain Panel, $15.99, wayfair.com
Energy-efficient curtain panels in an aqua, gray, and white diamond fret pattern up the style ante on even the most utilitarian window frame.
Acid-etched Letter, $14 or 2 for $20, urbanoutfitters.com
Standing on a shelf or hanging on a wall, a monogram is a chic way to customize your space.
Geo Color Frame Kit, $17.99, wallpops.com
Display fave photos in a colorful composition of peel and stick geometric frames without damaging walls.
Enter to win this cool set of matching mugs from JCPenny.
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