Dream Dorm Designs We Want for Ourselves

Why should students get all the fun? We love these creative ways to infuse style into a small shared space.

Long gone are the days of generic bedding and lackluster dorm decor. Today's college students are stepping up to the challenge of making their small living quarters something to behold. In fact, some of these interior designs we wouldn't mind seeing in our own homes! We found the latest and greatest decorating trends popping up in universities across the country and compiled them in one definitive list of dreamy dorm rooms. Check them out below!

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Black and White

Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe with this showstopping dorm room. Nestled in the corner of the confined space, a dramatic gallery wall nods to the Hollywood glam age. Copy this look with a black and white color scheme accented with pops of red. Graphic prints fill the walls, while velvet throw blankets add luxury to the bedroom.

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If you daydream about foreign lands and gorgeous historical sites, feast your eyes on this student's dreamy dorm room. A tapestry on the wall maps out future vacation endeavors; it would look great in your home, too. For a more polished look, find a tapestry you love, and get a custom frame built for it. Hang it above the fireplace for an eyecatching focal point or display it on a bare entrway wall to greet guests.

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Farmhouse Fresh

If Chip and Joanna Gaines were in college today, we think their dorm room would look something like this. With vintage nods and a color palette close to farmhouse style, this is one homey space. Mirror this in your bedroom or living room with DIY thrift store accents and cozy textured blankets. Stacked wood crates make perfect side tables with plenty of storage. An oversize loveseat creates a perfect reading nook by the window.

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Gray Tones

A perfectly poised dorm room like this only exists in our dreams, or so we thought. Achieve a similar look by sticking with a neutral color palette. Rehab a side table with faux crystal knobs and top a dresser with an imitation marble slab for a hint of glamour. Clean white lines and elegant details make the space feel sophisticated.

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Side by Side

Symmetrical design is pleasing to the eye, which might be why so many people have fallen in love with the ultra-preppy dorm trend. In this example, the sides of the room perfectly mirror each other with custom headboards, identical bedding, and even a mirror-paneled bedside table. Get the same effect at home by centering your living room around the TV or fireplace. Flank the main feature with matching light fixtures and add a centered rug. Suddenly, your life will feel a little more balanced.

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