Dorm Room Decor… for Adults!

It’s been 6 years since we graduated college (where has the time gone?!), and we both look back on those school days with such nostalgia. Sleeping in, hanging with friends at the dining hall, and staying up late to cram for finals…all a big part of our college days (along with a few wild nights…but that’s a story for another day!)

dorm makeover dormify grace roomLast year, we got to re-live our dorm room days when we completed this dorm room makeover at Saint Mary’s College.

dorm room pillows dormifyIt turned out pretty darn adorable didn’t it?! Spending time in the dorm that day made us miss those “good ol’ days”…. well, minus the part about living in a non-air conditioned building on a HOT August day. #dontmissthat

When we did that dorm room makeover, we realized that there are some AWESOME products out there geared specifically towards college kids for their dorm rooms and college apartments. So many cute things that we wish we could have incorporated into our spaces way back when (True Story: Casey’s entire dorm room was hot pink…her bedding was even hot pink polka dots. While Bridget went with a bright, way too colorful Hawaiian theme. Yikes.)

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But who says you have to be in college to buy some of these products?! Heck, we would love to incorporate many of these new college items into our homes TODAY! Here are some dorm room essentials that we are totally digging right now. We believe any of these would actually work in any “adult home”.

dorm_decor.04 PMFuton // Hanging Planter // Storage Ottoman // Animal Mail Sorter // Striped Schoolbag // Home Sweet Home Banner // Sheets // Letter Club Sign // Grey Trunk // Oops Eraser // Acrylic Paper Sorter // Jewelry display // Storage Boxes

So cute, right?! Just goes to show, you don’t always have to look at traditional stores for home decor pieces.

And now for the fun part…A GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away $200 to Dormify so you can deck out your dorm room, apartment, our house with cute accessories! Dormify started with products specifically geared towards decorating dorm room spaces, but they’ve since expanded their collection to include items beyond those college years. You can see more of their adorable products used in real spaces over on their Instagram page.

For your chance to win the $200 gift card, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below,. Make sure you leave a blog post comment to qualify!

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We’ll announce the winner on the blog next week. But don’t worry, if you don’t win you can still get a major discount on some Dormify goodies. Just use the coupon code “DIYPLAYBOOK” at checkout for 20% off most items!

Happy Shopping, friends!

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  • mlgriffin01

    That gray trunk would look great in my little boy’s room!

  • Kathleen Nelson

    Unfortunately I went to a commuter college when I went to college way back when but I loved buying all the fun dorm stuff for my kids’ dorms! They have the coolest stuff out there now.

    • Totally agree, Kathleen! The items out there today are just so much better than they used to be for dorms!

  • Adina

    Wow this dorm is amazing! Such an improvement from my dorm which I didn’t even bother to decorate.

  • Amy Lynn

    Oh, the memories! My roommate went with all purple, and I went with blue. I do remember we had a Leopard fold out chair. I’d actually love a couple of these items to decorate my classroom, like the futon, and the hash tag marquee light. The trunk would make a cool bench and double as storage. Thanks!

  • Stefanie

    Never lived in a dorm! I live at home (my own house)!

  • Nicole Amorim

    My dorm room was covered with photos and pages from magazines…I wasn’t very stylish! If I could do it all again I’d go with soothing colours and the less is more aesthetic ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the cute organization and decor options from Dormify!

  • Leslie

    My roommate and I were not the best decorators. I bought a horrible duvet cover that had a giant flower on it and was impossible to keep free of fuzz and wrinkles. My crowning dorm decoration was a picture wall and song lyrics.

  • Meaghan

    My roomie and I both had colorful quilts (unplanned!) for out beds and lots of photos in handmade frames. There were also a bunch of maps – my roomie was a world linguistic major – hence the maps. Love that black and white duvet cover! I wish I had been so chic in college!

  • Trang

    My dorm was not pretty at all despite the fact that I attempted to make it pretty with what I had. Students have so many options now. I’m super jealous.

    • We are so jealous too, Trang! If only we had a do-over!

  • Erin

    yeahhhh it’s been uhm too long since i’ve been at college, and it was never cute! i do remember i collected the milk mustache ads and was obsessed with buffy the vampire slayer, if that gives you any indication on how long ago it’s been since college.

    and that futon, would be a nice switch up from the klippan sofa we have in the studio room so then people can actully sleep on a bed and not an air mattress.

    • Literally lol’ing over here. Love the Buffy reference!

  • Katie

    We didn’t do much decorating at all!

  • Hannah @CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    My dorm room was hot pink and orange!

  • Stephani

    I loved my dorm, but it wasn’t stylish at all. I had a lime green duvet and one of those huge posters from Abercrombie of a shirtless man that covered an entire wall

    • haha! My entire closet in high school was of shirtless Abercrombie guys. Ridiculous. haha

  • Katie

    Oh college… I still remember feeling so grown up when I went to Target my first week of college to buy $5 worth of Ramen noodles and $100 worth of beaded throw pillows for my tiny twin bed!

  • Anne Weber-Falk

    I didn’t go to college but my daughter is there now. Wow what a mess she had the first two years. She is juuust starting to find her style this year. Next year she hopes to have an apartment with friends. That futon is just what she is looking for. I will have to remember this.

  • Sara Warfel

    My goodness look how far dorm room decorating has come. I remember everything being bright bright bright and all plastic everything. I love the new elements with ceramic, acrylic, wood tones. Ahh if I could go back and redecorate (without the studying, of course)!

    • Completely agree Sara! Legit everything in my room was bright pink & plastic. ha!

  • Emily

    Lucky for me, I only had to live in a dorm room for one year. I had a purple and white striped bedspread and my roomie went with pink and brown polka dots. I was able to borrow a futon from a family friend for additional seating – black with orange leaves. The walls were painted brick and we were unable to hang anything. I wish I knew about command strips then. I also wish I understood about coordinating colors and patterns.

    • haha we feel ya Emily! Sounds like many dorms we’ve been in!

  • Betsey

    I think I had just about every color represented in my dorm room. Striped colorful comforter, brown sheets, orange towels…WOOF.

  • Jody Hon

    I missed out on the dorm room experience, living at home to save $$. I would like to think my dorm room would’ve been decorated as cute as your dorm room makeover, but since my style was still majorly developing there is really there is no telling what crazy design scheme I would’ve come up with HA!

    • haha we feel ya Jody! When you have free reign to decorate for the first time, it’s easy to go a little crazy. haha!

  • Lucy

    i never stayed in a dorm, but i did share an apartment with my brother. it was very minimalist–it had to have a function, “to look pretty” doesn’t count.

  • Stephanie Cooper

    My roommate and I wanted to add color to the walls so we hung scrapbook paper on the wall to create an accent wall ’tiled’ with various colors! I may or may not have had paper fall on my head in my sleep a few times! haha

    • oh my goodness, Stephanie. Literally dying laughing over here. That is an amazing story! Color falling from the sky! ha!

  • shawnna griffin

    Hey girls such cute ideas!

  • Abbie DeLaney Zinkan

    I’m from Boston and my roommate in college was from Upstate NY – we are both hardcore sports fans so our walls were clashing football, baseball and hockey teams – fortunately we got along fine, but if you’d seen our room you would have thought we were enemies.

  • Amanda

    My College Dorm Room was apparently the only time I liked the color pink.

    I am rocking the above Rhino Letter Sorter on my work desk. I am glad my style has evolved ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Feel the exact sam way Amanda! Legit hot pink everywhere!

  • Kandice

    So fun! My roommate and I went bold and bright – pinks, aquas, purples. It was a nice way to break up all the concrete, but it was too bright in the end!

  • Sarah M

    This stuff is so cute! My dorm room was definitely the hot pinks, bright blues and random photos and posters plastered to the wall. I’m so glad my style has grown up a LOT since then!

    • Sounds a lot like our dorm rooms! We too are happy our styles have evolved!

  • Cindy Aiton

    No dorm room for me, but my apartment was filled with vintage and thrift shop finds.

  • Sara Kral

    I love perusing all the dorm items in the stores now! And I love how they tend to be less expensive than other like items!

  • alicia szemon

    My dorm room will be so modern and pretty!

  • Kat W

    My dorm was “buy all the bright colors” themed! Perhaps toning that down a bit would have been good… ha!

    • Sounds like we had the exact same motto for our dorms! ha!

  • Stephanie H.

    My dorm room was a hodgepodge mess! I would definitely pick a main color with one or two accents and stick to it if I could re-do it.

  • Will Griesmer

    I didn’t live in the dorms :

  • Linda

    i would so add in so much color

  • Jangkrik Mewah

    Awesome blog post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  • Miss Rios

    I didn’t do the whole dorm thing, but if I had I would totally do the string lights thing.

  • Michelle

    My dorm room was boring. Slap up a few James Dean posters and call it a day. I had no idea what my style was. ha.

  • Shanna Schlabach

    I would decorate with less purple. Ha!

  • Lily Wolfe

    It was a little to simple. I would make it more decorative

  • Adorable!!
    I actually have that “Good Morning Gorgeous” pillow along with a “Hello Handsome” one in our bedroom!

    Great job!
    XO, Jaclyn

  • Amy

    My dorm room had a carpet from the coop bookstore and a life size poster of Britney Spears lol

  • Tulasi

    Excited to decorate my own dorm room! the good morning gorgeous pillow is super cute

  • Jess A

    My dorm room had a carpet from the campus store, and it was hideous. No window treatments, a box TV, and some other hideous stuff. It was however mostly pink and I do still love that!

  • Annabellainla

    I didn’t go to college but my dream dormroom would be pink purple and black and have a sort of Paris theme

  • coupcrazy

    My dorm room was small and not very decorated besides my colorful comforter, I wish a had more storage.
    aka Brenda Haines

    • Yes not much storage at all in those dorm rooms! Gotta get creative to fit it all in!

  • SadieBee

    I lived in a dorm all 4 years! It was so fun to decorate and set up “house” so you had a comfy space all your own. I was in a studio a lot, too, so I had my lil set up there as well. My apartment isn’t too much bigger now, haha, and I’m still using some of the same stuff!

    • We completely agree… decorating your first “home” set up (even if it was only a dorm) was SO exciting!! It was the first time to really explore your style and there’s something so fun about that. =)

  • Kat

    Dorm room life is so much more comfortable and stylish than when I was in school. I love all the cushy mattress toppers that can make the standard-issue mattress feel more like home. I’d add a variety of cute and comfy decorative pillows to personalize it and make it unique.

    • We completely agree, Kat! Dorm decor has come ALONG way since we were in college. LOVE all of these new pieces, so much room for creativity and individual style.

  • I didn’t have a dorm room. Kind of bummed I missed out on that part of the college experience.

    • Awww, there were definitely pros but lots of cons too. #smallspaceliving #noAC

  • MollyS

    Such fun stuff!

    • Right?! Doesn’t Dormify have the best decor for dorms… and now apartments!

  • Laura Mueller

    I didn’t have a dorm but I would have decorated it with a coastal theme

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