8 Steps To An Instagrammable Dorm Room

A College dorm room is pretty much like a student budget: you make do with what you’ve got!

But how would you like your dorm room to be like The Ritz in comparison to the rest of your student halls?

Here’s 8 steps to an instagrammable dorm room….

Make your bed a work of art


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If your dorm room was some sort of plastic crown, the bed would be the jewel at the center. So go on… polish that jewel!

Opt for a cute bedding set, then make it your own with knitted throws and an abundance of statement pillow covers.

Add live greenery


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Chances are that your college dorm room has the tiniest, most pathetic window known to mankind.

Rather than depending on that dusty window as your one source of fresh air, why not add some natural air filters.

Before you panic over the potential expense and ugliness of air filters, we’ll let you know that we are talking about plants here!

All biology majors will know that plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, meaning more fresh air for you to help you sleep, study and survive! Plus, they will help get rid of any nasty college smells such as sweaty socks, old plates and wet towels. Hey, we can’t all choose our roommates!

But I killed a cactus when I was 15, I hear you say. Here is the plants that even the most forgetful of students can keep alive:


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Add mason jar storage


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Ban Traditional Storage and opt for cute, pastel-hued mason jars.

An Instagrammable college dorm room would never contain a dollar store pencil holder or a see through pencil case **shudders**.

Grab some vintage mason jars and paint with pastel or metallic paints for an on-trend and cute effect.

Add a runner to an ugly desk or furniture

Chances are that the furniture that comes with your dorm room isn’t exactly going to be stunning.

Hide that hideousness with a cute printed table runner!

These table runners will add an on-trend vibe to any college dorm room:

Exotic oriental table runner, jacquard floral table runner, hawthorn leaf table runner

Make your desk a talking point


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How many times have you drooled over Instagram snaps of desks, planners and pretty stationary! Your college dorm room is the perfect place to put all of this inspiration into play.

Go for a streamlined Scandinavian style with a wooden lamp, faux flowers and a pin board.

If you feel inspired you’re more likely to complete that dreaded essay! Plus, who doesn’t want a pretty place to streamline ‘Pretty Little Liars’ on Netflix?

Create a chill out nook


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Your dorm room is one room (really Sherlock?), so make it more homely by creating little ‘areas’ within it.

A chill out nook is a wonderful way to create a space just for relaxing. No work allowed here! Best of all, it only requires a few printed pillow covers and a bit of elbow grease.

Create a stunning, bohemian style nook with these printed pillow covers:


Floral embroidered pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover, jacquard damask pillow cover

Hang some fabric


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The worst thing about college dorm rooms is that you can’t paint over that vile yellowing white wall.

That’s where hanging tapestries or throws come to the rescue!

Hang bohemian printed mandalas, pretty fabrics, or even table runners, over any area of your wall that needs a little oomph!

Get crafty with your lighting


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Lighting is a great way to add mood and character to your dorm room.

Go for twinkling fairy lights or cute hanging pendants to make it look ready for the ‘gram.

Word of warning: stick carefully! Blue tack marks will land you in trouble.

Want more dorm room inspo? Check out these stunning bohemian dorm rooms.

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