Creative Dorm Room Ideas to Make Your Space More Cozy

I had a stopped-in-my-tracks moment while on Twitter the other day, and it had everything to do with the dorm rooms you’re about to “ooh” and “ahh” over below. You guys…these dorms (I hesitate to even call them that because they look more like adorable apartments) are approximately 1,000 times cuter than the spaces I inhabited while in college.

Once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I got in touch with a few of my previous clients who graciously agreed to share their spaces + top decorating tips here on the blog. Whether you just moved into your dorm and are still putting the final touches on your decor, or you’re a 2018 senior doing a little advance research, take a few cues from these ladies and you’re sure to fall head over heels in love with your ultra-cozy college nest! For more dorm-spiration, check out this viral dorm room feature and get your decorating on by shopping sorority art prints here!


“Plan things out pretty early, like your color scheme, and make sure that you see the layout of your dorm in advance. This will ensure that you don’t end up lacking the right amount of decorations or necessities. And I’d also say to get a full size comforter instead of a twin size because it just adds coziness!”

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“Because I went to a school six hours away from my home I tried to make my dorm as homey as possible. I used Command strips to attach brick wallpaper to the back wall of my dorm room, and I added a big rug just to make it look more like a room that could be part of a house (and way less like a dorm room). I also bought a Wallflower from Bath & Body Works that made our room smell pretty fabulous and adds to that homey feel!”

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“To add more space to the room itself my roommate and I both lofted our beds so we had more space…which we then proceeded to fill with refrigerators, a microwave, and mini cabinets filled with food. This for sure made it feel more like home, having food right there when you need it! And of course, bring pictures! I have three cork boards throughout my room and filled them all with pictures of my closest friends and family from back home which I think really helps. Finally, throw pillows and blankets help a lot too, and having cute storage options ensures that everything has a place and opens up space in your room for other things.”

Pssst: See Maddy’s amazing prom-inspired shoot here


1.) A nice rug makes a big difference and warms the room.
2.) Your decorations don’t have to be expensive to be cute. We went to Hobby Lobby together and found decorations that we thought represented us the best.
3.) Curtains, rugs, and lamps definitely make the room feel more homey.

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PS: Want to see your dorm featured on this blog post? Send me a photo + your top tips via text or Twitter (@lovemephoto) and I’ll add your room to the list!

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