Decorating a dorm room? Forget the plastic milk crates and blankets for the windows.
Today, both professional designers and actual college students find innovative ways to transform dorm rooms from a blank canvas to live-in works of art.
Looking for inspiration on how to take a dorm room to the next level? Check out these ideas and a few recommendations on where to find some of the trendy items that make these spaces stand out
This room looks more like a beautiful bed and breakfast than a dorm. A deep green area rug adds warmth to the room and the sleek, dark furniture add brings a nice contrast to the light walls. The linens can be found at Room 422 , a company that specializes in dorm room decor and here are some ideas for dressers that match this design closely:
Wake up those walls
Sometimes all that's needed in a dorm room is to bring the walls to life with a little flair and color. The dorm room above uses removable wall art to create a natural scene indoors. Not only does it look fabulous, but no damage to the walls to worry about when moving out in the spring! Bonus!
A dorm room that doubles as a Hollywood dressing room. From the lighted vanity mirror and glass dresser topper to the colorful blackout curtains and makeup organizer , this room is ideal for studying, getting ready for a night on the town or just sleeping in.
An art deco atmosphere
Black and white with contrasting bright colors and bold patterns transform this room into an art deco space. There is nothing dull about this room. A little bit of furniture, including an acrylic end table and small coffee table create an inviting space to hang out or study. Plus, the extra shelving on the desk allows for more storage and display areas.
Dorm room turned man cave
Don't leave out the guys on the cool dorm room list! They need a place to crash at the end of a long day. There's no reason why guys can't have stylish bedding and they have some of the best ways to display their favorite things, including lockers , hat racks and and bike racks .
An illuminating view
One of the most popular ways to decorate a dorm room is through creative lighting. String lights are no longer reserved for Christmas trees and the sky's the limit for these students with various lighting effects .