After years of seeing the same old tapestries and terrariums monopolize “dorm room ideas” on Pinterest, we’re saying enough is enough (and apparently, we’re not the only ones). Since the onset of COVID-19, we’ve seen creative DIYers, TikTokers and designers alike put their creativity to the test as they transform dorm rooms and tiny apartments into truly unique spaces that celebrate individuality. Here, we’ve rounded up 30 dorm room ideas that prove the sky’s the limit when it comes to making a small space work.
30 Dorm Room Ideas That Prove You Don’t Have to Compromise Aesthetic for Function
1. Thrifted Studio 54
Disco ball in the dorm room? How are we just seeing this now? Instead of hanging it up, let it lean on a table or make a statement in the corner of your room. Or, you know, right in the center of your bed, if that’s your thing.
2. Vintage Innovation
Excuse me; this person did what with that vintage vanity? The bar for “creative headboards” has just been raised.
3. Cottagecore In College
4. Parisian Minimalism
With this elegant blend of minimalist decor (psst: continuous line drawings are trending), dorm room becomes pied-à-terre.
Daybed, let us introduce you to the world of late-night snacking. (Bonus: The ladder doesn’t just draw your eye up, making the room seem a bit bigger; it can double as a space to hang throw blankets.)
6. Pops Of Pink
Brb, channeling our inner Elle Woods (and we’re definitely adding that Yeah! Framed Art Print to our carts).
7. Modern Privacy
A chic, modern privacy hack for when you or your roommate are ~entertaining~ guests (or for when you need to recharge your social battery).
8. Quirky Combos
Shades of pink and green that *don’t* look like they’re straight out of your childhood bedroom? Bravo.
9. Homage To Home
10. Den Of Zen
Worried that the bulky, university-provided bed frame is going to ruin your whole aesthetic? Opt for the mattress-only look on a minimalist bed frame.
11. Mirrored Novelty
Why stick to a traditional headboard? A full-size mirror—especially one as glam as this—can be even more impressive. Plus, it’ll reflect light, making the room seem a bit lighter and brighter.
12. Moody Macramé
Sorry, did you say something? We couldn’t hear you over all of this coziness.
13. Modern Maximalist
I’m pretty sure we had no idea what maximalism was until we saw this pic. (Oh, and we’re calling it now: That Foam Frame is about to be the next hottest thing).
14. Clean Classic
We’re swooning over this sophisticated minimalist bed/artwork combination (psst: you can find that framed Chanel print here).
15. Pretty Pastels
Ohh, so this is what they meant when “sweet dreams” was coined. We love how the muted pastels soften up the white-walled room.
16. Not Your Mother’s Neutrals
17. Artisanal Blues
We’re just going to leave this here (you know, in case you want to have the chicest dorm room on campus).
18. Fresh Bohemian
19. Midcentury Mix
20. Sophisticated Dreams
There is no need to do a semester abroad in Paris when you have a dorm room that looks like this. (Also, let it be proof that a well-placed—and shapely—piece of brown furniture doesn’t have to look clunky or heavy.)
21. Earth-toned Scandi
This one is almost too cozy…go to class.
22. Color Crush
The last time we were this excited about shades of yellow and purple was during our childhood Easter egg hunts.
23. Coral Chill
We thought coral was just your nana’s favorite nail color…until now. Warm accents keep it looking fresh.
24. Boho At Sea
A dash of blue, a hint of greenery and sprinkles of sand—just like that, you have yourself a boho coastal dorm room.
25. Natural Calm
We feel our shoulders falling just by looking at this (is this what it feels like to be calm and relaxed?).
26. Magical Minimalism
Minimalism with a splash of magic…and maybe some Parisian chic? Whatever’s happening here is divine.
27. Contemporary Terracotta
A moment of appreciation for this seamless blend of brass, wood, and terracotta accents…and yes, we’ve already scoured the web for that piece of artwork, so you don’t have to.
28. Eclectic Green
*Insert green with envy cliché here* If you can get away with a removable wallpaper mural, by all means, do it. It’s the statement-maker every dorm room could use.
29. Mini Japandi
The best part of Japandi style? You can make the minimalist aesthetic work anywhere.
30. Chill Luxury
Add a little Prada to your boho vibe, and *chefs kiss*, you’ve created a laid-back luxury aesthetic.