5 Quick And Easy Ways To Update Your College Dorm Room

Students: Raise your hands if you’ve enjoyed your parents slaving looking after you during the semester break? Thought so. Unfortunately, it will soon be time to swap the egg nog for exams and the beer for books. Yep; it’s time to return to college.

If the idea drains you of all happiness, why not turn that frown upside down and give your dorm room a fresh, trendy and easy makeover. Cos hey; home decor is so much more fun than studying….

1. The Cosy Corner Mural


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Making those plain white walls look anything but boring can be quite a challenge. Painting and drilling could result in you loosing your deposit and we all know that would be tragic!

Luckily, you can get a full-blown feature wall whilst creating no actual ‘damage’. How? I hear you ask? Introducing the hanging wall mural! Simply whack this baby over your bed for an instant snug vibe. Opt for an on-trend, bohemian print, such as the exotic silk scarf to have the trendiest room in your student halls! Plus you can totally wear this silk scarf once you move out!


If one statement wall isn’t enough for you, why not drape bohemian print table cloths off your ceiling too! The sturdy fabric of these hand-embroidered Indian beauties ensure that they will have just the right amount of curve.

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The ornamental embroidered table cloth would make a great choice!

Ocean Blue

2. Put A Cushion On It!


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Give your bed a quick update by adding some colorful cushions. Plush: they will make your bed even comfier. And as we all know, your dorm bed can never be comfy enough!


Above: Paisley leaf pillow cover & jacquard floral pillow cover

If your content with your bed, why not create a cosy reading nook by pilling up some cushions in your fave corner. Add some candles and say hello to your new fave study spot!


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Black & Gold

Above: Hand embroidered brocade pillow cover & floral embroidered pillow cover

3. Update Your Bedding

This one’s a no brainer, but changing your bedding set can really change the atmosphere of your room. Also, with a new bedding set, you will have to make your bed, which, in turn results in a less cluttered room and thus a less cluttered mind. Win!

Don’t know which color to choose?

Psychologists believe that turquoise enhances the clarity of the mind. So why not invest in a turquoise bedding set and see if your grades improve? You’re welcome!

Above: Hand painted duvet cover set
For an even quicker update to your bedding, why not use a printed table runner as a bed runner? Plus: if you get bored of it you can just move it to your desk for an instant change-up! Cos…well… it’s important to keep that mind active!

P.S. Purple is said to be linked to creativity: great for you arts majors!

Above: Exotic oriental table runner

4. Light It Up!

Fairy lights are a cheap and easy way to turn your dorm room into a magical abode. We’ve searched Pinterest far and wide, and here’s our twinkly favorites:


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This twinkly canopy is made for those late-night Netflix binges, erm, we mean study sessions! To re-create drape a white sheet on your ceiling and secure behind a pin-board behind your bed. Then attach a single row of fairy lights. For an extra sparkle, create your draping using the hand embroidered table runner.



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How pretty is this sparkly photo display? Luckily, it’s super easy to re-create and won’t leave any marks on your dorm room wall. Simply take a row of string lights and zig-zag across the wall above your bed, securing with blue tack as you go. Next, get on those social media channels, choose your fave photos, print and attach.

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If you just want a subtle fairy glow, rather than a full on rave, this simple, yet stunning fairy light frame is for you! Simply secure your fairy lights in a square shape around your favorite poster or picture.

5. The Instant Rug



When we say rug, you probably think expensive? Wrong? A printed, round tablecloth makes a cheap and stunning rug! Perfect for covering up those cheeky wine stains!

Above: Hand embroidered round table cloth

Hope you enjoyed our trips! Happy decorating (and studying, of course)!


Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net