Keep things feeling like home.

By Jorie Nicole McDonald
August 22, 2017

When it comes to dorm room décor, a little can go a long way. Don't let the stark cinderblock walls and tiny windows scare you; picking up a few of these items will undoubtedly transform your living space into the cozy haven you've always dreamed of.

Mason Jar Lights

Mason jars are usually reserved for sipping sweet tea, but they also double as adorable light fixtures. Place twinkling illuminations in the mason jars, and watch as your living space immediately becomes more relaxed. If you're wondering how to decorate your dorm room, mason jars are the way to go.


Some of the dullest aspects of a college dorm room are the lifeless cinderblock walls. The prettiest spaces are usually achieved by covering bland walls with delightful decorations. Here's a great dorm room tip: be sure to get an adorable headboard. It turns your bed into a peaceful oasis and helps to cover those ugly walls at the same time.

Potted Plants

Southerners love all things natural and garden related. Add a bit of life to your dorm room with some potted plants; place them on your windowsill, bedside table, or work desk. A bit of green gives the standard dorm room a more cheerful atmosphere.

Bed Skirt

Bed skirts are game changers. Design your dorm room with luxurious fabrics that stay true to your Southern style, and create an elegant bed skirt. Bed skirts give an otherwise boring bed a more polished look. And, you're able to hide all of your storage containers under the bed without revealing any clutter. It's a win-win.

Bedroom Rug

Southern charm is often achieved through a lovably colorful bedroom rug. Additional textures and fabrics in a dorm room make it cozier, and, of course, it's always nice to step on a soft landing instead of cold tile floor when you wake up in the morning.

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Washi Tape

Washi tape is an easy and inexpensive way to spice up those dreary dorm room desk shelves. Available in an array of colors and patterns, a little Washi tape goes a long way. A cute floral pattern or a bright, frilly design adds the perfect amount of Southern charm to your desk space. Washi tape sticks to the edges of desk shelves, and it removes easily without residue.


Window dressings make a major difference. The extra fabric will give your living space a touch of home. Plus, you'll be able to block out the sunlight when you want to sleep a few extra hours on Saturday morning.

Vintage Standing Fan

Southern décor and vintage décor are often one in the same. Complete your dorm room with a unique touch, and get a vintage fan. Both stylish and practical, a standing fan acts as a statement piece while also keeping your room nice and breezy.