Last-Minute Dorm Decorating Guide, Part I

You have arrived on campus, although you may not know exactly what you would like to major in, which home to vow, or if you even like your roommate, you do know a few things: Books are expensive (!) , the cafeteria has way too many choices, along with also your dorm room is depressing.

Your budget is tight, but you do know what your style is, so let’s look at some last-minute affordable finds to add grandeur to your college living quarters. By focusing on the same five basic pieces (blanket, decorative pillow, table lamp, wall decoration, rug) and working together with your wardrobe as a style cue, we’ll find just the correct quick-ship online pieces for your own decor.

Today I’ll pay All-American Prep and Urban Modern fashions:

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All-American Prep. You want to use J.Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, and Hollister. You have a clean cut and stylish design, but you may be comfy and have fun.

See the way to give your college dorm room the look, next.

Pottery Barn

Monogram Applique Pillow Cover – $35

Get your hands on a monogrammed accent pillow for your bed to add a personal touch. The rich linen adds a wonderful texture, and the pillow covers are only $35.


Glacier National Park Blanket – $199

The first Pendleton blanket is a celebration of America’s national parks. Each blanket has a unique woven label with the playground name and image of an important natural feature. Cozy 100% wool is a reminder of the rugged outdoors, and the colorful stripes will brighten up any drab room. This blanket will become a family keepsake and fantastic souvenir of your college years.


Frontier 23 Houndstooth Contemporary Rug Size: 5′ x 8′ – $139.95

Houndstooth is just another classic pattern which looks trendy as a carpet. At $140 for a 5’x8′ wool carpet, its a slip that will transition well to your first apartment.

West Elm

Papier-Mâché Animal Sculptures – $29

You love the outside and also the look of decoration heads, but you aren’t going to really hang one in your wall. These papier mache models from West Elm are an artistic and accountable way to bring a touch of safari to your walls.


Hi-Light Task Lamp + CFL Bulb, Navy – $89

You need a fantastic desk lamp, and luckily these architectural job lamps are available for $69 each. The heads the design is a classic, but the bright candy-colored hues add a little lightheartedness to the tasks at hand.

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Urban Modern. You want to use Urban Outfitters, DKNY and French Connection. Even when you are on a remote campus, then you love city life and the civilization that it offers. Start looking for things with simplified images and types, a little edge, and blacks and grays with pops of neon.

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Willow Grey Twin Duvet Cover – $99.99

The rich pleated design of the dark gray duvet reads high-fashion and mystery from DKNY for $99. Even on a student budget, you may enjoy a touch of luxury.

Button-up grey 16″ pillow – $19.95

This woolly gray pillow is as cute as a button — literally — with its vivid pop of yellow. Structured and severe yet perky, just like you, and only $20.

Thom Filicia Handmade Chatham Indoor/ Outdoor Rug – $140.99

You can not go too dim and gray in your own room. A simple plaid rug offers a burst of unexpected lime green along with the conventional blue and brownish. The handwoven carpet is made from recycled plastic bottles to show your environmental awareness and hold up to muddy boots and carbonated beverages.


I Love Clouds, Limited Edition Giclee Print – $25

The”I Love Clouds” print is $25 and ties from the area’s light and dark components. Shades of gray and bright yellow are a perfect duo that artfully illustrates your changing moods from homesickness to elation, just enjoy the weather.


LYKTA Table lamp – $14.99

A curvy colored glass lamp from IKEA for $15 — say no more. It reminds me of this Kartlell Cindy lamp which retails for closer to $300. It’s possible to show an appreciation for good design without blowing your college dorm room decorating funding.

Come back later this week, when I’ll have two more last-minute dorm design guides for you!

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