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Dorm Room Decorating Tips

With fall right around the corner, high school grads are getting ready to go off to college. One major part of moving into a college dorm is the décor. This is a space that is finally yours, so personalizing it will give you a greater sense of independence. Plus, who doesn’t want a cute dorm room? To help make sure your space reflects your style (without breaking the bank) we found some helpful dorm room decorating tips.

Pick a Color Palette

The first thing you should do when planning your dorm room décor is decide on a color scheme. Whether its pastels, neutrals or bold brights, picking a color palette can help you focus in on which décor to buy. Think of it this way: you can always find little pieces and elements you like, but if you keep buying small accents without a focus, your room will end up cluttered and overwhelming.

The dorm room decorating tips from Society19 mention how you can go as far as to coordinate with your future roommate so the color scheme is continuous throughout the room.

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Find Damage-Free Decorations

No, we’re not just talking about command hooks. There are so many creative ways to decorate your space without having to worry about damaging the walls. One way is with Washi tape. Washi tape comes in all different colors and patterns and won’t leave marks or residue behind. This tape can be used to decorate walls, books, desks, doors – you name it!

Brit + Co. has Washi tape on their list of dorm room decorating tips. They feature Washi tape in a stunning wall accent that adds a pop of color to a white space.

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Create Décor with Memories

Decorating your dorm room with photos of friends and family from home may seem obvious, but there are so many cool, creative ways to do it! Photos don’t have to be framed and hung up – think outside the box! With a little string and some clips you can have a hanging display on your wall in no time! (This is where command hooks would come in for damage-free hanging.)

On homedit’s list of dorm room decorating tips they feature a geometric photo display that just uses string and binder clips. It’s so simple, but so modern.

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At the end of the day, your dorm room is yours. Make it what you want and then change it up in your new dorm next year. These dorm room decorating tips are meant to be used as a guide to help you forge your own path. Get creative and have fun!




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