8 Simple and Stylish Ways to Decorate Your Dorm Room

An interior designer shares her tips on transforming an uninspired space into your own private oasis.

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With the start of the semester just around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to chat with Emma Beryl, a designer at , to get some insider tips on how to decorate your dorm room. Here are her suggestions for designing your new room—on a budget.

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Start with a color palette.

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Even though the floor plan you'll be working with may be small, there's no reason you can't add a splash of color. "I think that a big thing is coordinating with your roommate so you aren’t clashing," says Beryl. "It's best to stick to a palette of four colors and work with tones based off of that." Ideally, you and your roommate should both have plain duvets or something with a similar pattern—either way the colors should be harmonious.

Ruched Duvet Cover, $89

Medallion Comforter, $99

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Play with the layout.

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"Put things like shelves on the wall so you don’t have to take up your square footage on the floor," says Beryl. "Play around with it and make a new floor plan." Buy something lightweight and versatile, like this wall ladder, which would add a useful touch to any room."

Leaning Storage Rack, $149

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Upgrade your desk chair.

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Odds are you'll be spending quite a bit of time studying and doing homework at your desk. You can easily make the spot more comfortable and chic by draping a faux fur blanket or rug over the back of your chair. Making every aspect of your room feel like home will help you get through those dreadful late night study sessions.

Shearling Rug, $79

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Add a big rug to ground the space.
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A rug instantly makes a bedroom cozy, but it turns out there's another good reason you should roll one out on your floor. "A big rug always looks better than a small one because it grounds the space and makes you capable of setting your own tone," says Beryl. Another perk? An oversized mat will allow you to cover up the less than appealing flooring you likely have in your room.

Serena Rug, $315

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Use a balanced amount of wall art.
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A rookie mistake is adding too much decor throughout a small space—there's no reason to have a piece of art or furniture in every nook and cranny of your room. "You need to give your eyes a place to rest," says Beryl. The wall art here is a good example of a well-balanced amount of decor that's not too overwhelming. Try sticking to two or three pieces of art and be sure to leave at least one wall completely free of frames.

Coco Chanel Wall Art, $12.50

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Beryl suggests using this color template as a guide as you choose which shades to use throughout your room. Remember to coordinate a color scheme with your roommate for the most stylish results!

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