31 Stunning College Bedroom Dorm Room Ideas for Girls

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If you’re heading off to college then you might be wondering how you can style your new bedroom to suit your taste without breaking the residency rules.

So what are the best ways to decorate your college dorm bedroom if you are a girl?

The most effective ways to decorate your college dorm bedroom if you’re a girl include adding shelves to wall nooks, creating accent walls with tack-on wallpaper, defining color pops with plants, creating textures with bedding, and personalizing the space with photos.

However, these are just a couple of general ideas.

The rest of this article gives you 31 definitive college dorm room design ideas for girls that you can take inspiration from based on my experience at college combined with my professional knowledge as an interior designer.

Related: check out my #1 rated mattress for a comfortable night’s sleep in your new college dorm room.

31 College Dorm Room Bedroom Ideas for Girls

Here are 31 college dorm room ideas for girls that you can copy or adapt to suit your style:

1: Place Your Bed Against a Brick Accent Wall for Character

Brick Accent Wall College Dorm Room Design For a Girl
Brick Accent Wall College Dorm Room Design For a Girl (#1: Envato – bialasiewicz)

Are you living in a historic building with bricks or other natural materials in your room?

Then you can use this to create a stunning accent wall with minimal effort.

Because although the brickwork might look rough around the edges, you can exploit this character to create an interesting backdrop to your sleeping space that will impress your friends.

Plus, you’ll feel supported by the darker wall behind you, and comforted by the more calming view of the solid, painted walls around it.

(See below for a quick hack that will allow you to create this look WITHOUT having a brick accent wall in your dorm room!).

How to Copy This Look WITH a Brick Accent Wall

To create this look with the presence of a brick wall, place your bed as centrally as possible against the brick wall.

Next, find two low-profile bedside tables (or crates) to act as nightstands so that they don’t distract too much from the brickwork.

Choose simple colored bedding, wood accents, and artwork that brings out the natural tones in the brick backdrop.

How to Copy This Look WITHOUT a Brick Accent Wall

But what should you do if you love this look but don’t have a brick accent wall in your dorm room (which you probably won’t!)?

Well, if the hostel rules allow it, you can tack a sheet of temporary faux brick wallpaper to the area behind your bed to create your own cost-effective brick accent wall.

This way, you won’t damage the wall but you can easily create the same look!

Click here to discover 15 creative ways to paint your bookshelves.

2: Add Shelves to Wall Nooks

College Dorm Room With Shelves in Wall Nooks
College Dorm Room With Shelves in Wall Nooks (#2: Envato – monkeybusiness)

Something I’ve found to be true of all of the apartments I lived in during college is that they have strange architectural instances like unexplainable wall nooks.

College apartment bedrooms also often lack storage space.

So when you add shelving to these spaces, you solve both issues at once.

Add books, chargers, photos, or plants to these shelves to add some personal flair to your space.

How to Copy This Look

Place your bed at the base of the wall nook to act as a backdrop.

Buy or make white wall shelves to fit perfectly into the nook behind the bed.

Choose one accent color for the space to keep it visually consistent, and choose accessories for your shelving based on that color.

Click here to discover the 7 best and worst places to put shelves in your bedroom.

3: Use a Bookcase to Create a Storage Headboard

College Dorm Room With Bookcase Headboard Storage
College Dorm Room With Bookcase Headboard Storage (#3: Envato – bialasiewicz).

If you need a headboard and you’re short on space, you can use a bookcase to solve both issues at the same time!

I love this idea because you can also create storage for bags or valuables behind the bedframe and out of sight.

The other shelves can be used to store textbooks, art supplies, or photos.

It’s a completely customizable storage system perfect for anyone in college.

Plus, as you can see in the image above, placing tall artwork on top of the shelves adds height to the space, making it appear larger.

How to Copy This Look

If you’re able to, paint your walls a darker color to add some depth to them.

Next, find three low-cost bookshelves and assemble them against the largest wall in your room.

Ground the space with a patterned rug, and choose solid bedding that picks up on the rug’s colors.

Add vertical elements of varying heights to the top of the bookshelf, and balance the composition by hanging pendant lights near the bed.

Click here to discover how to paint a small bedroom a dark color the right way.

4: Make Your Own Wooden Bedframe and Headboard

DIY Wooden Bedframe and Headboard for College Dorm Room
DIY Wooden Bedframe and Headboard for College Dorm Room (#4: Envato – archideaphoto).

If you’re looking for a fun weekend project that will personalize your space, try making your own bed frame by using pallet pieces.

Making your own furniture is incredibly good for the environment – you’re not just recycling, but you’re choosing not to have furniture shipped across the ocean and a few countries.

It’s also way easier than you think.

How to Copy This Look

How to Build a Modern Pallet Bed – DIY 2021

Find some light-colored pallets, and check out the above video tutorial that shows you how to build your own wood pallet bed frame.

Add tall, floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains to the room, add a refurbished wood side table, some greenery, and a low-profile lamp.

Pair the bedframe with pastel soft textiles to keep it visually calming.

Click here to learn how to build your own space-saving loft bed in 7 steps.

5: Create Color Pops With Plants

College Dorm Room With White Decor and Green Color Pops
College Dorm Room With White Decor and Green Color Pops (#5: Envato – bialasiewicz).

The last thing you want your dorm room to do is to overwhelm you in your downtime.

Create a calming space by adding plants to a room with a white color palette.

Plants have been shown to decrease stress levels in humans, and improve air quality!

Make your personal space in your apartment extremely calming by using plants as the main art pieces in the room!

How to Copy This Look

Think all-white for the walls, decor, and bedding – and all-green for the plants and any accent colors.

Start by painting the room a blank white base color, then add your white furniture to the space.

Choose white or off-white bedding, a plush rug, and lots and lots of plants.

You can add color purely through the leaves, or choose plant pots that add pops of other colors to the space.

If you want to add some warmth, add some simple wood furniture or accents!

Click here for 7 ways to make a north-facing bedroom feel warmer.

6: Create Luxurious Textures With Faux Furs and Blankets

College Dorm Room With Faux Furs and Blankets
College Dorm Room With Faux Furs and Blankets (#6: Envato – Prostock-Studio).

Furs and plush furniture almost always make a space feel luxurious.

The more comfortable the materials and furniture, the more inviting and relaxing it will be.

If you’re going to school in a colder climate, think about creating this look for your bedroom.

I am especially a fan of contrasting dark-colored furniture with plush white bedding and blankets due to the impact that it creates.

Color and warmth can come through a wooden blanket ladder or colorful throw pillows.

How to Copy This Look

Paint your headboard wall a darker shade from the rest, or choose a bed with a dark-colored bed frame.

Choose a mix of dark and light bedding, starting with white sheets and pillows, and layering up to both dark and light blankets.

Top your cozy bed with a faux fur blanket, and add a blanket basket or ladder for additional softness.

Click here to see the 9 best colors that go with dark wood bedroom furniture.

7: Use Interesting Quilts to Add Color and Texture

Dorm Room With Quilts
College Dorm Room With Quilts (#7: Unsplash – Lauren Haden).

I love finding repurposed or vintage quilts with character and natural colors.

They add a feminine feel to a room and can be extremely cozy too!

This room is simple and elegant with architectural features and a bright color palette.

How to Copy This Look

Find a quilt that your family might have in storage, or go thrifting for one!

Many of them contain interesting colors and patterns – making them a great focal point for a room.

Keep it simple with a white duvet underneath, and white throw pillows to allow the quilt to take center stage.

If you’re craving more color, find an area rug that references similar colors and place it under your bed.

Click here to see the 7 best bedding colors that go with gray bedroom walls.

8: Place an Oversized Lamp to Add Character

College Dorm Room With Oversized Lamp
College Dorm Room With Oversized Lamp (#8: Envato – bialasiewicz).

Oversized furniture is always an eye-catcher.

It speaks the loudest in the room, and clearly defines the function of the space.

Because of this big lamp, I see an incredible space to read a book, draw, or play a game with friends.

This room also has a cool color palette with natural warm accents like the rug and floor cushions.

Overall, it feels open yet comfortable and safe.

How to Copy This Look

If possible, find a way to create an upholstered headboard – or you can buy one.

These make a great spot to sit up in a bedroom without space for a sofa.

Keep your bedding soft and light in color, and add some depth to the room with jute rugs and floor cushions.

Search for your favorite oversized lamp online, and consider adding another bedside light for a less intense lighting option as well.

Click here to see the best headboards to buy.

9: Paint a Circular Headboard and Accent With Curved Shapes

College Dorm Room With Painted Circular Headboard Design
College Dorm Room With Painted Circular Headboard Design (#9: Unsplash – Collov Home Design).

Curves and circles in interior spaces have been scientifically shown to reduce stress levels for space users.

One cost-effective way to add curved lines to your dorm room is by painting!

In this case, the painted circle defines the sleeping space, and also includes the bedside lighting within it.

The color palette is also very soft and feminine!

How to Copy This Look

Paint a circle or half-circle around where you want to place your bed.

Make sure to consider walking space on either side of the bed!

I would also recommend extending the circle outline to surpass the width of your bed frame by at least 30cm. 

Choose your base and accent colors together to make sure they will be cohesive.

Add round accents throughout the space and get creative with circular lamps, vases, clocks, or dot patterned textiles.

Click here to see how to attach a headboard to an adjustable bed.

10: Add Changeable Art to the Walls With Mounted Clips

College Dorm Room With Changeable Wall Art
College Dorm Room With Changeable Wall Art (#10: Unsplash – Jason Briscoe).

This idea is perfect for a college bedroom for so many reasons.

You can combine reminders, homework, grocery lists, magazines, prints, and paintings to create one big functional art wall.

Simple furniture and lighting will also really allow the wall to stand out.

How to Copy This Look

Choose the largest blank wall in the room and create your grid for mounting the clips.

Try to find clips made from metal with a consistent style.

Start clipping up your favorite things and have fun with it!

I would personally clip up reminders, cards, prints, and personal affirmations.

Try to add bits of your favorite colors throughout.

Add light wood furniture and white bedding to keep the aesthetic clean.

Click here for 13 inspirational bedroom wall design ideas.

11: Place Artwork Above Your Bed to Make a Statement

College Dorm Room With Artwork Above the Bed
College Dorm Room With Artwork Above the Bed (#11: Unsplash – SHOP SLO®).

Part of a complete room is a balance of texture and color.

This particular space has such a nice combination of the two!

The abstract art is interesting yet calming to look at, and the colors are found throughout the rest of the setting.

I see the fresh green, soft blues, and light reds throughout the textiles and side tables.

How to Copy This Look

Find your perfect art piece!

I would always suggest that clients find a statement piece with natural colors.

Then, find furniture pieces with wood tones that mesh well with the art’s colors.

Use white bedding and a symmetrical patterned accent pillow.

Complete the balanced composition with two brass wall light fixtures on either side of the bed!

Click here to see the 5 most calming bedroom wall colors for those with autism.

12: Inject Personality With a Collage Wall

Dorm Room With Collage Wall
Dorm Room With Collage Wall (#13: Unsplash – Spacejoy).

Similar to the clip collage wall, you can add a lot of personality to a room by adding a framed art wall.

This is a great way to show off your favorite colors and patterns, and create a dorm room with some “wow factor” upon entry.

If you don’t have the budget or ability to house extra plants in your space, adding art prints of plants can have a similar impact on the experience!

How to Copy This Look

Lay out your wall on paper by taking measurements and planning to fill up the space in an organized way.

Choose artwork or prints that speak to your personality, and add a few plant prints in there as well.

Include vertical accents on the other walls with tall dark curtains, or other artwork.

Choose pillows and throws for your bed based on the colors on the art wall.

Click here for an 8-step guide that shows you how to decorate a small bedroom.

13: Add Jute Textures and Orange Colors to Ground You

College Dorm Room With Grounded Textures and Colors
College Dorm Room With Grounded Textures and Colors (#13: Unsplash – shche_ team).

If you like the all-natural look as I do, consider designing your space around the colors you find in wood and bamboo.

My clients are often surprised to find that a space feels grounded and relaxing when most of the color is attached to the floor.

In this room, the soft white walls open up around the wood floor and furniture.

How to Copy This Look

Use all wood furniture – ideally with a consistent tone – then accent the space with orange blankets, pillows, and wall ornaments.

Place a few woven baskets in the space for blankets or laundry, and make sure to include a soft white throw on top of your colorful bedding.

Add a jute rug to the space, and accent with fresh plants!

Click here to discover the 6 colors that go best with cherry wood bedroom furniture.

14: Place a Chair by the Window to Create a Reading Nook

College Dorm Room With Reading Nook
College Dorm Room With Reading Nook (#14: Unsplash – Timothy Buck).

If you’re fortunate enough to have a window nook in your college dorm room, think about adding seating to it.

Especially for college bedrooms, it’s always a bonus to find ways to add a place to sit other than your bed.

How to Copy This Look

Put your side chair towards one side of your nook, and situate it so that you have a view out the window and around your room.

Add a reading lamp for low-lit days or evenings, then sprinkle the surrounding area with plants.

Make sure to have a bookshelf or other storage nearby for books or supplies.

Add an area rug to the space to separate the sleeping and lounge spaces.

Steal these 20 relaxing small bedroom decor ideas here.

15: Pin Up Vines to Create a Playful and Earthy Vibe

College Dorm Room With Earthy Vibe
College Dorm Room With Earthy Vibe (#15: Unsplash – Cole Keister).

Not sure what to do with a white college dorm room that you’re not able to paint?

Use some green vines to hang close to the ceiling and pin around the edges of the wall.

This room is playful and earthy with its orange accent tones accenting the green ivy.

The natural theme is carried out through terracotta pots, wood accents, and textile art.

How to Copy This Look

Center your bed with white bedding on a small wall.

Collect natural material objects like wood blocks or clay pots to place on a wall shelf above your bed.

To finish off the space, hang two white pots with vines (real or faux) in each corner of the ceiling.

Use small pins or adhesive to attach pieces of the vine to the ceiling and walls surrounding the bed.

Click here for 8 small bedroom decor ideas to copy on a budget.

16: Paint the Ceiling the Same Color as One Wall

College Dorm Room With the Ceiling and One Wall Painted the Same Color.
College Dorm Room With the Ceiling and One Wall Painted the Same Color (#16: Envato – photocreo).

Painting the ceiling can completely change the feeling of a room and make a sleeping space feel secluded and safe.

In this room, they chose to paint the wall with a window, so that the other walls would be painted lighter to reflect light.

Adding a mirror to a dark space helps expand the room and stops it from feeling like a cave.

How to Copy This Look

Choose a rich dark color to paint the surfaces of the ceiling and the window wall.

Paint the remaining walls a lighter neutral, and add wood accents to the entire room.

If you have space, mount or place a mirror against the dark wall, and add unique glass lighting to keep accessories minimal.

Click here for 8 ways to decorate the wall opposite your bed.

17: Furnish Your Space With Wooden Pieces and Boxes

College Dorm Room Furnished With Wooden Pieces
College Dorm Room Furnished With Wooden Pieces (#17: Envato – bialasiewicz).

Getting new furniture doesn’t need to be expensive.

If you’re a DIY-lover, create your own furniture and decor.

In this room, simple plywood is used as a headboard, while old crates make up shelving space.

How to Copy This Look

Center your bed with white bedding on a small wall.

Collect natural material objects like wood blocks or clay pots to place on a wall shelf above your bed.

To finish off the space, hang two white pots with vines (real or faux) in each corner of the ceiling.

Use small pins or adhesive to attach pieces of the vine to the ceiling and walls surrounding the bed.

Click here to learn how to build your own wardrobe out of plywood.

18: Warm Up Your Concrete Room With Wooden Furniture

Concrete Dorm Room With Wood Furniture
Concrete Dorm Room With Wood Furniture (#18: Unsplash – nine koepfer).

A lot of new apartments are being built in a trendy “loft” style, which really means that there are minimal interior finishes!

They use cost-effective materials like concrete and steel.

It’s trendy, but a lot of people don’t like the look because it feels cold.

Wood furniture can help bring life and warmth into the space.

How to Copy This Look

If this is the case in your apartment, add rich-toned wood furniture, crates, woven baskets, and other dark natural materials to make the room feel much warmer.

If you also have concrete floors, add a large area rug to the room that’s darker in color.

When the floors visually contrast the walls, the room’s experience is more grounded and warm.

A rug will also be essential for acoustics control!

Click here to find out if it’s safe to sleep in an unfinished basement.

19: Boost Storage With a Ladder Clothing Rack and Shelves

College Dorm Room With Clever Storage
College Dorm Room With Clever Storage (#19: Envato – bialasiewicz).

College apartments almost never have “enough” storage.

One clever way to add “space” is to make room for a clothing rack and other wall storage.

I once designed a space in an old factory that had no closets at all, so we added non-traditional modes of storage like this.

How to Copy This Look

I designed the client’s space by mounting a clothing rod on one of the walls, and adding multifunctional storage near it.

If you want to recreate the clothing rack in the image, find or make a wooden ladder painted white, and hang it from ceiling hooks with natural colored rope.

Add a bookshelf and populate it with baskets, books, or other supplies.

Click here to learn how to decorate your bedroom for an Airbnb in 7 steps.

20: Brighten Up the Room With Sheer Curtains

College Dorm Room With Sheer Curtains
College Dorm Room With Sheer Curtains (#20: Unsplash – Ramona Balaban).

If you’re living in a small space, it’s crucial that you maximize your daylight to improve your experience in the space.

Sheer curtains will remove glare from the room and will allow privacy during the daylight hours.

For the nighttime, I would suggest adding a heavier curtain to pull across the window for privacy.

How to Copy This Look

Find sheer curtains or fabric that measure to cover your window.

I personally like full-length curtains, especially for high ceilings.

Add white bedding, a thrifted rug, and a small relaxing space made from a small table and pouf or floor cushion.

If you have windows that look like these, mount heavier nighttime curtains that close to cover the entire stretch of windows.

Follow these 12 steps to make your college apartment look indie.

21: Break Up the Space With a High-Contrast Accent Wall

College Dorm Room With High Contrast Accent Wall
College Dorm Room With High Contrast Accent Wall (#21: Envato – bialasiewicz).

I am a fan of high-contrast accent walls because of the way they break up a space.

These accent walls can be painted, drawn, or applied to wallpaper.

As long as they contrast in color or pattern from the surrounding walls, contrasting walls make a room personal and unique.

How to Copy This Look

For the highest contrast and greatest “wow” factor, choose a light main paint color, then a dark accent color.

If it’s in your budget, look at unique wallpapers and wall graphics available.

If you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective option, paint the wall with chalkboard paint and make your own mural!

Click here to learn how to paint your dorm room black and white in 8 steps.

22: Divide and Define Your Apartment With Privacy Curtains

College Dorm Room Apartment With Privacy Curtains
College Dorm Room Apartment With Privacy Curtains (#22: Envato – bialasiewicz).

A lot of people are afraid of studio apartments because they often feel too crowded.

The dining room is in the living room, which is adjacent to the bedroom.

You can see everything at once!

You can solve this problem with simple measures of room division.

How to Copy This Look

With the bedroom being the most private space, I would suggest dividing off a section of your room with ceiling to floor curtains.

If you’re able to, make them operable so that you can section off this space at night and remove all distractions around the rest of the apartment.

To recreate the light feminine feel of this room, keep your walls and their artwork light, along with the rugs and bedding.

Add light wood tone accent furniture and some plants for extra color.

Find out how to turn your living room into a bedroom here.

23: Create a Sophisticated Feel With Soilds and Stripes

Sophisticated College Dorm Room
Sophisticated College Dorm Room (#23: Unsplash – Nathan Oakley).

Keeping patterns to a minimum is a designer’s key to creating sleek spaces that feel mature and beautiful.

In this space, the furniture brings color into the room and has a pared-down, large-scale stripe pattern breaking up the solid colors throughout the room.

How to Copy This Look

If you have monochromatic space with similarly colored floors and walls, use a consistent wood tone for your furniture, and add color through a bold duvet cover.

Choose sheets with clean, straight white and colored stripes with the same tone as the main duvet.

When adding a rug for comfort, choose one that blends in with the floor’s dark tone, so that the colors and stripes in the bedding will stand out.

Click here to find out how to design an attic bedroom from scratch.

24: Create a Vanity With a Chest of Drawers and a Wall Mirror

College Dorm Room With Vanity Area
College Dorm Room With Vanity Area (#24: Unsplash – Minh Pham).

If you’re living in a small apartment bedroom, you should take every opportunity to create multi-use areas.

We often share bathrooms in college apartments, meaning you will have to share access to the bathroom vanity.

The solution here is to create your own vanity area with a dresser and wall mirror.

How to Copy This Look

Find a low-standing chest of drawers or a cabinet and a wall mirror that is similar in color.

Hang the mirror at eye level above the storage piece, and keep the surface clean by incorporating baskets and drawer dividers for organized storage of your vanity items.

Click here to find out if bedroom and bathroom decor should match.

25: Use Minimalist Wallpaper to Create Clean Patterns

College Dorm Room With Minimalist Wallpaper
College Dorm Room With Minimalist Wallpaper (#25: Envato – Rawpixel).

Wallpaper is back and better than ever.

The designs and patterns are endless for wallpapers, but I personally like the designs that are simple and bright.

They create an interesting wall and still allow for freedom with color around the rest of the room.

How to Copy This Look

The simplicity of this room is easy to recreate.

Simple line wallpaper designs are widely available, so find one that speaks most to you and place it on the wall where your headboard will be.

Choose some accent colors, in this case blue, orange, and bronze, and incorporate them through blankets, pillows, books, lighting, and other accents.

Click here to find out how to decorate your dorm room with a minimalist look.

26: Brighten the Room With a Monochromatic Color Scheme

College Dorm Room With Monochromatic Color Scheme
College Dorm Room With Monochromatic Color Scheme (#26: Unsplash – Sidekix Media).

Some of my clients really dislike color!

A black, white, and gray monochromatic color scheme opens a space up to the eye, and bounces light throughout the room.

This theme also has the cleanest look, with little distraction from the solid, contrasting elements.

How to Copy This Look

Make sure to add a balanced amount of black, white, and gray.

For the same “ratio” as the room above, aim for 75% white, 20% gray, and 5% solid black.

Keep your bedding and bed frame light gray or white, and add gray pillows, artwork, and a textured gray rug.

For black accents, find a chair or stool that is all black, and 2 duvet pillows with dark gray or black upholstery.

Try these 19 ways to darken your room for better sleep.

27: Combine Earthy Tones and Wall Art for Uniqueness

College Dorm Room With Wall Art and Earthy Tones
College Dorm Room With Wall Art and Earthy Tones (#27: Unsplash – Spacejoy).

Art-filled walls are often misunderstood as being “too busy”, however when they are color-coordinated with the rest of the room, they can create a very calming space.

In this room, the natural contrasting tones of green, brown, and white reference the colors most seen in nature.

When applied to light walls, they stand out as a symbol of personality!

How to Copy This Look

To create a mixed collage like this, use a mix of posters or artwork both framed and unframed.

Choose three colors to include throughout all of the pieces and stick with them while you choose items for the rest of the space.

Express the artwork colors through throw pillows, blankets, and accent furniture.

Click here to find out how to design a master bedroom with ensuite.

28: Customize the Dorm Room With a Chalkboard

College Dorm Room With Custom Chalkboard
College Dorm Room With Custom Chalkboard (#28: Envato – bialasiewicz).

As a fan of multi-functional spaces and furniture, I’m also a fan of chalkboard walls and the creative freedom they allow us to have.

You can draw for fun, or for function.

In this room, they drew their own mural, but you could also draw a monthly calendar, to-do lists, or daily affirmations!

How to Copy This Look

Paint one accent wall with chalkboard paint and go wild with creativity!

For the rest of the walls, paint them a similar gray tone, or keep them light for maximum daylight distribution.

Add natural wood and jute accents and lighting, and add floor-to-ceiling curtains for added height.

Try these 19 ways to style your bedroom door to make it look cool.

29: Paint or Tape a Line Around the Room to Section Artwork

College Dorm Room With Horizontal Wall Line
College Dorm Room With Horizontal Wall Line (#29: Envato – bialasiewicz).

What I like about this room is that half of the room is horizontally divided to create a different distribution of wall space.

This application works well for long walls and tall ceilings.

Though the wall is filled with artwork and photos, the space holds its minimalist style by only including black and white pieces.

How to Copy This Look

Measure and tape a line around your entire room.

You can also paint along carefully placed painter’s tape.

Choose photos and prints with a black and white theme to scatter across the walls above the tape.

If using frames, make sure that all frames borders are similar in width to keep consistency throughout.

Click here for a guide to designing a bedroom on a budget in 5 steps.

30: Create an Accent Wall With Dimension and Wall Lighting

College Dorm Room With Accent Wall and Lighting
College Dorm Room With Accent Wall and Lighting (#30: Unsplash – Spacejoy).

Adding a textured or dimensional accent wall creates a truly unique space.

This room especially appeals to me because of its rich color, unique wall pattern, and down-pointed wall lights that add a unique warmth against the dark wall.

The stripes on the rug also almost mirror the vertical wall panels.

How to Copy This Look

Draw out a pattern to apply to the wall behind your bed.

If you’re not able to create built-in accents like this, consider using a removable adhesive instead!

Paint the rest of your walls an off-white color, then paint your accent wall a darker shade of olive green.

Find black wall lighting for contrast.

Try these 9 ways to make your small bedroom look bigger with furniture placement.

31: Add Metal Lighting and Shelving to Add Shine

College Dorm Room With Metal Lighting and Shelving
College Dorm Room With Metal Lighting and Shelving (#31: Unsplash – Spacejoy).

Spaces with one consistent material or color are comforting and thoughtful!

In this room, the wall shelf, bed lighting, and overhead lighting all reference each other and create a consistent element of shine to the top half of the space.

How to Copy This Look

Finding matching lighting elements and wall shelves is the first step to recreating this look.

Keep your furniture simple in style, and accent the space with gold/orange-toned pillows and art. 

To contrast the gold and orange tones, add plants on shelves, tables, and the floor.

Click here to find out how to Feng Shui your bedroom.


Image Attribution and Licencing

Main image: ‘Gray and Pastel Teenage Girl Bedroom’ by KatarzynaBialasiewicz – used with permission under the terms of Canva’s One Design Use License Agreement.

Image #1: ‘Bedroom With OSB Decoration’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #2: ‘Bedroom Area In Modern Stylish Apartment’ by monkeybusiness (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #3: ‘Bedroom Interior With Paintings’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #4: ‘Modern Bedroom’ by archideaphoto (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #5: ‘Elegant Bedroom Interior With King Size Bed in Fashionable Apartment, Real Photo’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #6: ‘Cozy Modern Bedroom Design and Minimalist Home Style, Blog About Interior and Designer Work’ by Prostock-Studio (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #7: ‘Cozy Apartment Bedroom – Feminine, Colorful and Boho Style’ by Lauren Hayden (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #8: ‘Bedroom in Loft’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #9: Untitled – by Collov Home Design (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #10: ‘Pictures on Wall With Table’ – by Jason Briscoe (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #11: Untitled – by SHOP SLO® (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #12: Untitled – by Spacejoy (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #13: ‘hygge bedroom’ – by shche_ team (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #14: ‘A Sunny Day in our SF Apartment’ – by Timothy Buck (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #15: ‘Houseplants Draped Above my Bed’ – by Cole Keister (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #16: ‘Elegant Small Bedroom with Comfortable Bed’ by photocreo (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #17: ‘Cozy Studio Apartment in Natural Style’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #18: ‘Our Bedroom’ by nine koepfer (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #19: ‘Spacious Cozy Bedroom’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #20: Untitled – Ramona Balaban (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #21: ‘Woman in her Study Space’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #22: ‘Spacious Living Room With bedroom’ by bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #23: Untitled – Nathan Oakley (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #24: Untitled – Minh Pham (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #25: ‘Minimal Bedroom Decor with a Golden lamp’ – Rawpixel (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #26: Untitled – Sidekix Media (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #27: Untitled – Spacejoy (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #28: ‘Bedroom with Living Room’ – bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #29: ‘Elegant Bedroom Interior with King Size Bed in Fashionable Apartment, Real Photo’ – bialasiewicz (commercially licensed through Envato Elements).

Image #30: Untitled – Spacejoy (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).

Image #31: Untitled – Spacejoy (used with permission under Unsplash’s free-to-use license).