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Fall is approaching faster than you think, which means it’s time to start prepping for school! Starting college is an exciting period full of first-time experiences. Your dorm room is the first space that is entirely your own (besides your roommate, of course.) Living away from home for the first time is a challenging and rewarding time, which means it’s crucial to make your dorm feel like a personalized sanctuary. You have the freedom to decorate your side of the room however you want! This newfound freedom should be celebrated in your interior design. Wall art is a great way to express yourself without breaking the bank. Just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t add some pizazz to your dorm room. Wake up each morning feeling motivated and inspired with wall art that showcases what you’re passionate about. 

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Dorm Room Details

A Style That Inspires You

Motivational Color Schemes

Dorm Room Wall Art: Sizes

Dorm Room Wall Art: Shapes

Trendy Décor Topics

Dorm Room Details

Revel in the idea of having your first adult space to make your own. Focus on balancing tranquility with personality. You’re going to be doing a lot of schoolwork in your dorm room, which means it should be free of clutter and excess chaos. While you don’t have to be a minimalist, make each piece of décor intentional. Show off your individuality and curate a space meant to fuel your fire.

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Dorm Wall Art: Pro Tips

Our expert interior designer, Yoko Chow of Yoko Chow Design LLC, highlights the importance of using wall art in your workspace, and how to navigate décor versus distractions:

“Artwork should be placed in your line of sight to provide a break. It is up to individual taste, but I suggest you keep in mind that the room needs to be designed to improve or maintain work efficiency while limiting unnecessary distractions.”

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A Style That Inspires You

Make a statement with your wall art. Use typography to display what you’re passionate about. Combine vibrant images with text that puts you in a confident headspace.

Dorm Wall Art: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her typography tips:

“Inspiring typography is subtle way to work on our mindset and cheer us up. Art touches our souls, and especially due to our current worldwide situation, we need to be surrounded by positivity. All in all, displaying inspiring quotes and motivational typography is a subtle way to create a positive environment to cheer up and boost your day-to-day energy and outlook."

Another style to consider is feminist-inspired artwork curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman. Show your love for body-positivity and equality for all. Combine boho style with a feminist twist for an interior that’s both aesthetically pleasing and impactful

Designer Yoko Chow shares her insight into the boho décor trend:

"Boho has been in trend for a few years", says Yoko Chow, Interior designer and owner of Yoko Chow Design LLC, CA. As it evolves, she explains, "it is easier to take it into any room just to add a little character to the space."

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Motivational Color Schemes

Let your passion dictate your color scheme. Find wall art that showcases your hobbies and pastimes, and build your color scheme around this print. Using your interests as décor inspiration is a great way to guide you in choosing a color palette.

White Dorm Room Wall Art

You can’t go wrong with a clean, white color palette. When you use white as a base, you have the freedom to experiment with funky décor. White keeps your dorm from looking too chaotic, while still allowing you to play with pops of color.

Pink Dorm Room Wall Art Ideas

Pink is a super-hot color for 2021, and there are plenty of ways to make this vibrant hue look sophisticated. Consider using a mauve variation or a chic dusty rose throughout your space.

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Dorm Room Wall Art: Sizes

If you’re looking to fill the space above your desk or bed, you can apply these comprehensive rules for how to hang trendy art above furniture:

Wall art that you want to hang over furniture, such as a fireplace, a bed or a couch, should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture's width. To measure the ideal art size above your furniture, consider this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. You need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit impressively above the couch.”

Still unsure of sizing? Lightly mark your desired dimensions on your wall of choice so you can better visualize the artwork in your space. Remember, it’s always better to go too big than too small!

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Dorm Room Wall Art: Shapes

When decorating your dorm room with wall art, you’ll want to choose the layout that best matches your personality. If you want something trendy, go with a symmetrical double-canvas. Multi-panel prints are always a stylish option, and we offer canvases with 3, 4, and 5 individual pieces. For a super striking layout, go with the funky 7-panel hexagonal shape. Panoramic prints are also hot for 2021, and they give your space a hint of modernism. No matter which shape you select, any art will elevate your dorm room!

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Trendy Décor Topics

Looking for more topics to inspire your dorm room décor? We have a whole blog full of design inspiration! Our article on decorating a tiny home has some clever tips for making the most out of a small space (ie a dorm). Looking to bend the rules now that you’re finally out of the house? Check out our piece on five décor rules that were meant to be broken. Finally, peruse our article on outstanding office wall art to narrow down your top picks for art to help you study. Congratulations on starting this exciting new chapter!

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