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65 Chic & Functional Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Don't let small, shared quarters cramp your style. Turn your college dorm room into a stylish and efficient space ideal for studying and relaxing with these fresh decorating ideas.

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Dress Up Your Dorm Room

Going away to college can be scary — especially when your new "home" is a drab dorm room. Transform your school-issued living quarters into a haven with our best dorm room decorating tips. Personalize your dorm with our wall art ideas, bedding picks, lighting ideas and more. Then, keep your space tidy with must-have dorm organizers and college kitchen essentials.

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Go Boho-Chic

Stylist and mom Jenny Reimold transformed her daughter's dark and gloomy dorm room into a bright and cozy bohemian-style retreat. Talk about a glow-up! Snag her smart tips and DIY decorating hacks below to recreate the look in your own college living space.

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Think Multifunctional, Compact + Mobile

When buying furniture for a dorm room or small college living space, the smartest thing you can do is choose pieces that are multifunctional. A futon is the perfect example: it's a sofa by day but an instant full bed by night. Another solution? Storage ottomans which serve double duty as a slim stool and concealed storage.

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Adopt a Plant (or Two)

Nothing adds instant style to a space quite like plants. Low-light, indoor-friendly varieties like the snake plant seen here will thrive on the smallest amount of TLC. But if you absolutely don't trust your plant parent instincts, go faux with realistic-looking greenery you never have to water.

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