The leaves are changing, the air is getting colder, and we’re bringing out all of our favorite sweaters. If you ask us, fall might just be the best season of all, full of fun activities and fabulous fashion. But why limit the seasonal spirit to your wardrobe? Why not incorporate Fall themes into your dorm room, too?
What makes decorating for this season so much fun is the variety of ways you can interpret what “Fall decor” is. You could stick to the traditional palette of warm oranges and reds, or you could put your own spin on classic designs. It’s up to you!
With the fall decor ideas below, you will find a variety of styles and color schemes. What’s more, seasonal decorating doesn’t have to be terribly expensive. You can choose how much you want to decorate, and adding even just one of these things will really change up your room!
Read on for some simple ways to transform your everyday dorm room into a festive celebration of Fall!
Use Decorative Faux Pumpkins
You can’t go wrong with pumpkins when you’re decorating for Fall! How cute is this pink and gold gourd?
If you prefer a classic Autumn color palette, fill a vase or basket with this bowl filler set. You could even scatter them around your room to maximize the Fall vibes.
Or Try Real Pumpkins
You may not have an actual front door like Emily Shuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere, but you can still steal her fall idea by buying pumpkins from a local farmer’s market or grocery store and strategically placing them around your dorm.
Alternatively, go to a pumpkin patch and pick your own! You’re checking something off our fall bucket list AND getting some cute decor.
Invest in a Cute Fall Doormat
Doormats aren’t just for houses — they’re great for dorms, too! Jazz up your doorway and help your visitors feel welcome with these cute options.
Choose either a classic autumn welcome mat or a fun design perfect for PSL lovers.
Put a Fall Wreath on Your Door or Your Wall
Wreaths can get a bad rap for being tacky, but these lovely seasonal options are anything but.
If you love classic designs, how about a faux eucalyptus wreath you could totally keep for your *grown woman* apartment someday? If you prefer more color, check out the second wreath’s stunning arrangement.
Treat Yourself to Fall Flowers
Flowers, real or fake, also go a long way in making a dorm look brighter and more fall like. Choose bouquets that are primarily greenery, with strong dark colors and less delicate buds to bring the outdoor colors in.
My favorite flowers during this season are; Celosia, Chrysanthemums, dark colored Dahlias, and greenery mixed with berry-like plants.
Cozy Up with Fall Throw Pillows
Ah, throw pillows. They are the weakness of many a decor enthusiast.
As if you needed another excuse to buy more, why not update your pillows for Autumn? Pick one with a cute seasonal message, or choose a pretty pattern.
Play with Twinkle Lights
Go to your parents’ garage or storage space and I’m sure you’ll find a string of these laying around. If not, you need to invest in some. They are absolutely adorable and give your room a nice ambiance! I have mine framing my window, but I love the idea of stringing them across the ceiling as seen in the photo above.
I like to turn my string lights on at the end of the night when I’m winding down. It totally relaxes me. They’re whimsical and soooo dreamy.
Hang them down your drapes, around your headboard, line them around the ceiling, or even place them in a zig-zag pattern with pictures clipped on. (See our article on using string lights in your dorm room for tips!) The possibilities are endless.
Light Fall Scented Candles (if Your Dorm or Apartment Allows)
Candles are a great way to bring Fall into your dorm room. A warm seasonal scent like pumpkin, apple, or cinnamon will instantly make your room cozier.
If You Can’t Have Candles, Bring in Fall Scents in Other Ways
While most dorms don’t allow candles, wax melters (like the one above) and essential oils or room spray can create a cozy place.
Similarly, scented hand soap and body lotion can mimic scent reminders of things like your family’s Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, which can make a small dorm room feel that much more like home.
If you like sweet scents, try marshmallow, vanilla, caramel, and pumpkin, like Bath & Body Works “Pumpkin Pecan Waffles”:
If you like spice: chai, cinnamon, cloves, cranberry, and any kind of apple scent are nice. Bath & Body Works “Leaves” is a great scent that incorporates these notes:
Prefer a more nature-inspired scent? Go for pine, anything fire themed, or something labeled “fall,” like these balsam cedar sprays:
Drink Your Favorite Fall Beverage Out of a Seasonal Mug
Okay, so this isn’t specifically a fall dorm decor idea; it’s more of a general “make your life cozy for the season” idea. (But if you have a little coffee station in your room, this totally counts as decor!)
The weather is getting colder, and that means the drinks are getting warmer! Hold your cocoa or cider in a fun seasonal mug; you can’t go wrong with a silly saying or a cute creature design.
Cuddle Up with Plenty of Throw Blankets
Throw blankets are perfect for keeping warm while watching a movie, reading a book, or enjoying the weather outdoors. A festive, woven blanket will keep you comfortable and stylish at the same time.
Find Outdoor Items to Bring Inside
A lot of Fall decor is nature-themed. You can use this to your advantage by finding acorns, pretty leaves, or fallen branches and turning them into fall dorm decor for your room. Just a couple of branches in a vase can be so beautiful and really spruce up your space.
Switch Up Your Bedding
Now we all know fall is the time of year when it starts to get chilly. When cold nights hit, that lightweight blanket you used for summer won’t do you any good!
Pro tip: Store your summer duvet and replace it with something a little more warm and thick, like a faux down comforter. I’ve had my favorite winter comforter for years and never wake up in the middle of the night shivering.
Feeling ultra fancy? You could even invest in flannel sheets! I love these cute ones from Target that come in Twin XL.
Add Faux Fur to Your Space
This is a really great idea if you have wooden or tile floors in your room…brrrrr. And even if you don’t, it’s still a cute and homey thing to do.
Put a faux fur rug right next to your bed. You will love to wake up and feel the softness of it next to your feet!
Try Some Fall Dorm Decor DIY Ideas
I am ALWAYS looking for an excuse to DIY! Big/little reveal? DIY. Friend’s birthday? DIY. New season and you need new fall dorm decor? You guessed it: DIY!
Here are some easy fall decor DIY projects for those of you who like to get creative:
- Want a cute fall sign like the one above? This one looks crazy simple to make.
- Have tea lights? Put them in holders with twigs.
- Country Living gives you 25 things to do with mason jars.
- Brit+Co comes up with 12 ways to use real leaves.
- I love this paper garland.
- Lastly, here are some DIY things to bring to your dorm room.
How Do You Decorate Your Dorm For Fall?
Which were your favorite fall dorm decor ideas? Let us know in the comments!