How to decorate a dorm room: The first day of school is right around the corner! It’s time to start prepping for your move-in date. If it’s your first time living in a dorm, you’re going to want to make it feel as homey as possible. You can have complete freedom to decorate your side of the room exactly how you want. You’re no longer living under your parents’ roof, which means you might as well express yourself! Learn how to decorate a dorm room that will stand out, and get inspired by our list of décor trends. Find a piece of wall art that speaks to you! Wall art is an affordable way to show off your unique style. Plus, the right piece of wall art can motivate you to achieve your full potential. It’s a win-win!

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Dorm Room Décor Ideas

Trending Wall Art Styles

The Best Colors for College

College Wall Décor Sizes

College Wall Décor Shapes

Trendy Topics to Check Out

Dorm Room Décor Ideas

Make a statement with your dorm room décor. Now that you’re officially an adult, consider what kind of impact you want to make on the world. Whether you’re passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, or freedom of speech, show off your belief system loud and proud.

Dorm Room Decor: Pro Tips

One statement-making art piece we can’t get enough of is this body-positive print. Our art director Tirzah Goodman has put together an entire collection of boho-inspired feminist wall art. Not only is this collection empowering, but it also looks super cute! Combine contemporary art with a powerful phrase.

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Trending Wall Art Styles

Because you will be working on homework from your dorm, you’ll want to create a space free of clutter and distractions. Let your wall art do all the work, and keep a minimalist interior. This will allow you to have fun with your canvas print and still keep a tidy-looking space.

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Dorm Room Decor: Pro Tips

“Definition Wall Art” is another trending collection curated by Tirzah Goodman. This selection of prints combines typography with a minimalist aesthetic. Find a word that inspires you, and hang a piece of artwork that combines trendy text and imagery. Plus, you can go beyond a simple word and use your definition-based print to state your views.

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The Best Colors for College

When it comes to color trends, dare to be bold! Even a modern, minimalist space deserves some color. Consider trending hues like turquoise, fuchsia, and sunny yellow. Carry the vibrant shades of summer over into fall to keep your space feeling light and bright all year long. Wall art can add a splash of saturation without overwhelming your dorm.

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College Wall Décor Sizes

Follow this guide to pick your perfect canvas size:

Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.

Because your dorm room is probably on the smaller side, you might have more luck with a vertical print, like the dimensions in this hallway sizing excerpt:


Large wall art that measures 36 inches by 75 inches in height and width can create a polished, classic look in your hallway. This wall art size works well in long hallways as well as over your entertainment area.

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College Wall Décor Shapes

As you select the perfect piece of wall art for your dorm room, you should also consider which layout best fits your personality. For the ultimate trendy print, try our symmetrical double-canvas. Another modern option is one of our multi-panel prints, which can be ordered in 3, 4, or 5 individual pieces. If your style is eclectic and you love to have fun, go with our funky 7-panel hexagonal shape. No matter which layout you choose, wall art will always add something special to your space.

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Trendy Topics to Check Out

For more modern décor inspo, check out our blog! It’s full of popular design trends to inspire your dorm décor.

Check out this closing statement from our expert article on how to make the most of décor in small spaces:

“It’s all in the details when it comes to making a tiny space feel like a home. Because you can’t decorate with many pieces of furniture, focus on wall décor. Hang floating shelves to display your favorite accessories, and use antiques to add character to your space. Opt for hanging plants to add a hint of nature to your interior. Most importantly, use wall art for the ultimate space-saving décor.”

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