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Wondering how to decorate your dorm room? Here are 6 essentials you need to create the perfect vibe

Dorm room living is a rite of passage for countless college students. But that doesn’t mean it needs to cramp your style. Dorm rooms are notoriously dull, often boasting boring white walls, chunky wooden furniture and not much else. To truly feel comfortable in your space, you need to decorate. If you’re wondering how to decorate your dorm room, we’ve got you covered.

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But outfitting a dorm room isn’t easy. Small-space living comes with very specific challenges, not least of which is storage. This means decorating your space is less about cluttering knickknacks and more about carefully chosen decor that makes a big impression.

From artwork for your walls to damage-free wallpaper to space-extending mirrors, there are some easy ways to make your space special. If you’re struggling to decorate your dorm room, these six decor essentials will help you create the perfect vibe — even if your major isn’t interior design. But be warned: Your room will quickly become the envy of your residence hall.

1. A Luxe Headboard

Upgrade your dorm room digs with a plush and polished headboard. Dormify has a collection of lightweight headboards sized perfectly for twin dorm beds. No matter what style you choose, your space will get an instant luxe lift.

A sturdy adhesive strip at the back makes these headboards effortless to hang. Plus, this choice decor is more than purely aesthetic. Each headboard has an outlet panel on the side for easily charging your devices. No more diving under your bed to find an outlet.

2. Eye-Catching Artwork

Check out more styles on Society6.

$80 at Society6

Brighten up those bare white dorm room walls with some aesthetic artwork. To turn your dorm into your personal art gallery, browse the affordable artwork prints by independent artists at Society6.

Pick from framed art prints, simple posters, sleek canvases and more to decorate your barren walls. With thousands of works to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect artwork for your space. And you’ll be supporting talented independent artists at the same time!

3. Fresh Greenery

Check out more plants on The Sill's website.

$130 at The Sill

One of the most organic ways to decorate your dorm room is with live plants. Add a little life to your space with plants from The Sill. Choose a plant (or two or three) and a chic planter for an easy dorm room upgrade.

If you are new to plant parenthood, choose a plant highlighted in The Sill’s easy care section for the best results. If your room doesn’t get the best light, don’t fret. The Sill has a section of low-light tolerant plants, too!

4. Vibrant Wallpaper

Check out more removable wallpaper options on Dormify's website.

$45 at Dormify

If stale white walls are cramping your style, a fantastic (and non-permanent!) way to upgrade your dorm is peel-and-stick wallpaper. Patterned wallpaper adds an instant elegance to your space but is easily removable at the end of the school year. And it won’t damage your walls!

Dormify has countless options for peel-and-stick wallpaper, like this classic banana leaf print. It’s easy to apply, easy to remove and a complete vibe enhancer.

5. String Lights

It's easy to hang string lights in any room.

$59 at Dormify

Brighten up your space with a tried and true favorite — string lights. Lights add a touch of whimsy to your dorm room, making late nights especially magical when harsh overhead light is a little too much. Plus, lights are another great way to jazz up those drab walls.

Whether you choose a “waterfall” curtain, like this ombre option, or a more traditional set of string lights, you’ll give your space a major glow-up. Get it?

6. Space-Extending Mirrors

Get a mirror you can attach to the wall, hang over the door or one that comes with a stand.

$76 at Home Depot

Mirrors are a small space must-have. Not only are they practical, but mirrors help trick the eye into making a small space seem larger. Mirrors can work miracles if your dorm room feels a little cramped (obviously, it is!).

You obviously need a full-length mirror to survey your daily outfits, but wall mirrors can also help open things up. Hang them with easily removable adhesive strips, or find one with a stand to keep your walls in tip-top shape.

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