11 Ways to Designate Different Rooms in Your Dorm Room

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Confession: I never lived in a dorm room. Since I went to school in the same city I grew up in, I figured there was really no point in spending a ton of money for a tiny, shared room. And truthfully, I was mostly okay with that decision…until after college. Once I saw just how fun it could be to take that small, basic room and turn it into a stylish, functional home away from home, I immediately regretted never having had that experience.

No Nail Dorm Decorating Featuring Painted Cork Hexagons, Turquoise Duvet Cover and Colorful Throw Pillows

No Nail Dorm Decorating Featuring Painted Cork Hexagons, Turquoise Duvet Cover and Colorful Throw Pillows

Deck out your dorm room with stylish decor ideas that won't break the rules, like this wall of painted hexagon-shaped cork pieces, attached to the wall with removable adhesive strips. You can paint the cork in hues that compliment your color scheme. Placing them over the bed allows you take advantage of wall space and display pictures and personal items without taking up any counter space.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

I want to see if I can survive on ramen for months at a time! I want to have a scary roommate who proves to be a misunderstood sweetheart by the end of the semester! But sadly, it’s too late for me. But not for you! That’s why I’m showing you just how incredible a dorm room can really be with a peek into a REAL-LIFE college dorm room that our own Marianne Canada decked out for HGTV.com.

We’re going to break it down by room. Yep, you read that right. It may technically be one small room, but with these awesome ideas, there’s a place for everything, including a totally adorable kitchen. Believe it.

Entryway

Dorm Room Takeover From Door "Hello" Turquoise Washi Tape Geometric Design

Dorm Room Takeover From Door "Hello" Turquoise Washi Tape Geometric Design

Make your dorm door stand out with a ceiling-to-floor greeting to your fellow dorm dwellers. To recreate this look, use scraps of painter's tape to divide your door into five equal sections, then outline each letter with colorful wash tape. Go back and add geometric details, if desired.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

Most homes don’t just open straight into the bedroom, right? That’s why a welcoming entryway is the perfect start to your well-designed home. Plus, a bright, friendly saying is bound to make your dorm a primo destination spot.

Bedroom

Dorm Room Takeover Turquoise Cat Duvet Cover, Mixed Throw Pillows and Painted Hexagon Cork Boards

Dorm Room Takeover Turquoise Cat Duvet Cover, Mixed Throw Pillows and Painted Hexagon Cork Boards

Painted cork hexagons highlights the color scheme and creates an abstract art installation that won't break the bank. Mix and match big and small patterns and textures on throw pillows for a designer look. Using a duvet cover allows you to easily and affordably change up your bed when the mood strikes.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

Your bed will definitely be the focal point of the room, so don’t you think you deserve a comfy spot that’s just as stylish as it is cozy?

Dorm Room Takeover Colorful Nightstand Decor With Patterned Adhesive Top and Stainless Steel Lamp Under Hexagon Cork Board

Dorm Room Takeover Colorful Nightstand Decor With Patterned Adhesive Top and Stainless Steel Lamp Under Hexagon Cork Board

Save money on dorm room decorating by bringing items from home and restyling them in a fresh, new way. Vivid colors create a bright and bold display perfect for showcasing personal style. The hexagonal corkboard wall doubles as wall-mounted storage for favorite necklaces and bracelets.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

I know what you’re thinking. "That colorful memo board is so cute, but you can’t put anything on dorm walls." Think again, my friend.

Dorm Room Wardrobe Decor With Over-The-Door Hooks Displaying a Poncho and Handbag

Dorm Room Wardrobe Decor With Over-The-Door Hooks Displaying a Poncho and Handbag

Fashion is art, so why not put it on display? Show off your favorite clothing pieces and accessories (or just tomorrow's outfit) on over-the-door hooks for added color in your dorm room decor.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

And with your love of decor, we just know you’re a style star as well. Try cute baskets above the wardrobe and an over-the-door hook or two for extra space and a cute way to display your favorite pieces.

Kitchen

Dorm Room Takeover

Dorm Room Takeover

Mini refrigerators are useful, but they aren't all that attractive. Personalize your dorm room refrigerator using strips of washi tape. We created an abstract stripe design with metallic gold tape. Chalkboard adhesive over the freezer allows you to further personalize the appliance. A light turquoise stacked shelf creates a cute and useful pantry for food and kitchen accessory storage.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

Guys. This kitchen setup makes me so sad I’m not allowed to have a mini fridge by my desk. But a totally versatile snack cart? That sounds like a pretty good compromise.

Chalkboard Adhesive Dorm Room Freezer Cover With Gold Lettering and Pink Magnets

Chalkboard Adhesive Dorm Room Freezer Cover With Gold Lettering and Pink Magnets

Turn a dorm freezer into a reusable spot for notes and grocery lists by adding a sheet of removable chalkboard adhesive. Metallic accents and colorful magnets give instant personality and color to the small space.

As if you needed another reason why washi tape is one of the best, most versatile inventions ever, this fridge will be your friendly, fashionable reminder. The chalkboard decal isn't bad either.

Turquoise Rolling Cart For Moveable Food and Kitchen Accessories Storage in Dorm Room

Turquoise Rolling Cart For Moveable Food and Kitchen Accessories Storage in Dorm Room

Dorm room space is at a premium, so movable furniture is key. That's why we love this rolling, open storage. It's perfect for pantry storage, and you can steal a shelf for beauty essentials or office supplies when your kitchen stash is running low.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

You’re not likely to find a lot of storage space in your dorm room, but seriously, you’ll be amazed just how much a rolling storage cart can come in handy.

Cute Coffee Setup for Dorm Room Life With Bacon and Eggs Mugs and Glass Storage Jars

Cute Coffee Setup for Dorm Room Life With Bacon and Eggs Mugs and Glass Storage Jars

College and coffee go together like bacon and eggs. Dress up a pair of inexpensive mugs with a fun permanent marker design, and keep coffee-making essentials on hand. If your dorm rules don't allow hot plate-style coffee pots, bring a French press or pod-style coffee maker. Glass jars are the perfect storage containers for beans and sugar.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

Will you have a roommate this year? These oh-so-cute bacon and egg mugs are the perfect way to say, “Wow, we both like coffee! Now let’s be best friends forever…” Or, you know, ”Nice to meet you.”

Living Room

Layered Textured Rugs Under Dorm Room Table With White Tabletop and Gold and Turquoise Breakfast Tray

Layered Textured Rugs Under Dorm Room Table With White Tabletop and Gold and Turquoise Breakfast Tray

Dress cold, bare dorm room floors with indoor-outdoor rugs that are inexpensive and hold up to a lot of traffic and spills. Here, we layered a black polypropylene rug on top of a larger sisal rug to add style and texture to the space. The black rug allows the white table top to pop, while the additional rugs compliment the light gold and turquoise tones of the breakfast tray.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

It would be easy to let your entire dorm room be one big, messy bedroom with no purpose. But a rolling coffee table shows that you really know how to plan a space and make the most of it. Plus, it can be rolled under the bed when not in use. Win, win.

Dorm Room Takeover DIY Coffee Table With Drawer Storage and White Tabletop With Turquoise and Gold Breakfast Tray

Dorm Room Takeover DIY Coffee Table With Drawer Storage and White Tabletop With Turquoise and Gold Breakfast Tray

Short on storage? Try this DIY shelf hack. We turned two wall shelves into a mobile coffee table by adding two sets of casters and mending plates. It can hold makeup, games, craft supplies and more! And when you need more space, you can simply roll it under the bed.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

Bonus: The drawers create perfect storage for craft supplies, playing cards and beauty supplies.

Office

Dorm Room Desk Top Covered With White and Gold Peony Patterned Wallpaper Layered Over Blue and White Wallpaper

Dorm Room Desk Top Covered With White and Gold Peony Patterned Wallpaper Layered Over Blue and White Wallpaper

Dorm room furniture can be pretty plain, but there's a quick solution — removable wallpaper! Mix and match patterns to create a layered look. Here, we paired a large, organic floral pattern with a smaller, structured geometric X pattern.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

I saved it for last, but chances are, you will have to do some homework. But at least you can do it in a chic office space with just a little customization. Use removable wallpaper in a few coordinating prints for an instant update your neighbors will envy.

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