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College Dorm Room Shopping Part 4: Decorations [Updated 2018]

The conclusion of our dorm room shopping guide includes stylish dorm room decorations for budget-conscious students.
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Dormify zen room inspiration with wall tapestry and trunk nightstand.

Photo Credit: Dormify

As our fourth and final installment of CF's College Dorm Room Shopping series, the focus today is on dorm room decorations. This, of course, is the most fun part of shopping for your room at college and an opportunity to show off your personality.

As far as dorm room accessories go, so long as you are allowed to bring it (check with your school if you aren't sure), practically anything goes!

One of the rules I mentioned in my post on dorm room bedding applies to decorations too - you have the whole rest of your life to go with "practical" furnishings. College is your time to go all out. It's socially acceptable to have a completely crazy room if that's what you want. Have fun with it!

Cute & Affordable Dorm Decorations

Check out some of my picks for cool dorm room decorations on a budget below!

Target light up box with interchangeable letters for dorm room.

Product Information: Target

College is the time in your life when you will likely figure out what it is you want to say to the world. Why not experiment with a light-up box with changeable letters?

West Elm rainbow heart welcome mat.

Product Information: West Elm

Here at CF, we fully support you rocking a heart-shaped rainbow doormat in your dorm room so all your guests know they are welcome in your space. 

Urban Outfitters cream, pink, grey, and mustard wall tapestry decoration.

Product Information: Urban Outfitters

My favorite no-hassle wall decor is the tapestry. Lucky for us, Urban Outfitters has loads of great versions, including this beautiful and zen floral version. Tapestries are easy to hang up and if you're creative, don't require putting any holes in the wall, a huge plus when decorating your dorm room.

World Market grey and white ombre faux fur throw pillow decor.

Product Information: World Market

Pillows covered in fur are way more fun than other pillows and that is a fact. This ombre lavender-grey and white version is drool-worthy. It's also affordable, so why not get a pair?

Dormify hanging photo display with wooden clips.

Product Information: Dormify

You'll want to have a way to display some photos of your family, special places, and all the memories you'll be making at college. This cute photo hanger is simply a must!

PB Teen round brushed gold hanging mirror with pins for necklaces.

Product Information: PB Teen

Mirrors are important. Mirrors that double as necklace storage are even more important. This one from PB Teen is ultra-cute and stylish - a piece you'll definitely want take with you when you move out of the dorms!

Shopbop watermelon trinket dish.

Product Information: Shopbop

To keep all your rings and little things organized, get yourself a cute trinket dish! This one is in the shape of a watermelon, because, why wouldn't you want to have a whimsical trinket dish?

Modcloth gold twinkle string lights.

Product Information: Modcloth

Twinkle lights are a fun way to brighten up your space and they are so versatile. You can hang them above your bed, all over your walls, or put them in a container as make-shift mood lighting.

H&M white and black zebra throw pillow cushion cover.

Product Information: H&M

You can never have enough throw pillows, especially cute printed ones with animals on them

Target plush pink bed rest.

Product Information: Target

There will be a lack of suitable seating in your dorm, so we suggest purchasing either lots of pillows or a cushion backrest like this. Sometimes you'll get tired of studying at your desk and this is a much more comfortable solution.

Urban Outfitters moon-shaped Himalayan salt lamp.

Product Information: Urban Outfitters

If you're interested in making your space a little more tranquil, there's nothing like a Himalayan salt lamp to purify the air. This one is in the shape of a crescent moon; so witchy!

Dormify hand photo holder.

Product Information: Dormify

These little hand-shaped photo holders are the coolest way to display cute snaps. One can never have enough frames and photos!

PB Teen white and cream lace garland.

Product Information: PB Teen

If you're looking for a way to spice up your stark white dorm room walls, lace fabric garland is a great solution! Plus, this can double as party decoration which is never a bad investment.

Anthropologie alphabet letter wall hooks.

Product Information: Anthropologie

Personalize your space with a monogrammed hook or two. Not only is it cute as a button, it'll keep your necklaces, scarves, or coats organized! 

Dormify hello room sign.

Product Information: Dormify

Everyone in the dorm will have posters and framed photos on their walls. Why not freshen up your space with a fun wall message, like this darling 'hello' piece from Dormify? It's unique and adorable.

Amazon pink neon flamingo.

Product Information: Amazon

Neon lights are just fun. This hot pink flamingo light is totally retro and affordable too; it's less than $15! 

Anthropologie pink gazelle planter.

Product Information: Anthropologie

If you're anything like me, you have a tendency to kill plants. However, with a planter like this, I might be more tempted to keep one alive. Pop a little succulent in this planter, water it every couple of weeks, and put it on your window sill for a sweet touch.

PLUS: Many More Dorm Decorating Ideas:

Here at CF, we've written hundreds of posts on how to decorate your dorm, including many DIY projects you can do for pennies. 

Visit our dorm room section to see them all, or visit some of our favorites below: 

More Dorm Room Shopping Guides:

Check out the rest of the posts in the College Dorm Room Shopping series to get everything you need for a fabulous dorm:

Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2007; it was completely updated and revamped in 2018 with new photos, products, and information.

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