HOW TO | Three Easy Ways to Dress Your Dorm Room Walls

Hey everybody! School is in session and it’s time to move into your new dormitory room at college. More than likely, you will be sleeping on an XL twin bed with the thinnest mattress, four boring and cold cinderblock walls, and rooming with a complete stranger. YIKES! I know this sounds like the worst living arrangement, but don’t fret. You CAN bring beauty into your dorm room.

This year The Vogue Room Foundation had the pleasure to select two recipients for the #DormRoomDeckOut Makeover scholarship. Khamiah Alderman attended UNC Chapel Hill and Aimee Mobati attended NC A&T. I noticed a few similar questions when I posted their dorm room on Instagram. “What is that on their dorm room walls”?

Dressing up your walls is the easiest and simplest way to add personality and character to any space. Despite having a roommate, it will give your space a sense of identity and pride for who you are when guests walk into your room. And, if you are anything like me, you want to STAND OUT!

Recreate your dorm room walls with these 3 easy tips:

Tip 1--Removable Wallpaper

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Peel-and-stick wallpaper is my absolute go-to when decorating dorm room walls. It’s super easy to apply and remove once school is over! In a recent dorm room project, I had the pleasure to apply AURORA wallpaper to the walls.

 Florals in interior design are still on-trend, so why not incorporate them in a dorm room? I selected the amazing Peonies print from AURORA. The wallpaper sizing is totally customizable, so I ordered a 120” by 70” size and the shipping was super-fast!

 Typically, with removable wallpaper you will start from the ceiling to the floor. However, if you want to create a cozy wrap-around effect in your space, stop your paper slightly below the middle of the wall. The cinder block walls come in handy with peel-and-stick wallpaper because it’s so easy to apply and smooth out so there are no bubbles in it. I used a credit card, which laid the paper smoothly on the walls. Check out AuroraWallpaper on IG- you will not be disappointed.

Tip 2--Inspirational Gallery Wall

We often hear people say, “I want to wake up in the morning and feel inspired!” Well, that feeling of inspiration and motivation starts in the space where you awake. Creating an inspiration gallery wall of the images and sayings you enjoy will do the trick. Come up with a “theme” for your gallery wall in your dorm room. Because you’re away from your family and friends, you probably want to display nice photos, drawings, and personal notes on your inspired gallery wall. Or, maybe you want to display a wall full of influential leaders and role models in society who inspire you. There are no limitations to what you put on your gallery wall. Consider adding different-sized pictures, lighting, and sculptural elements to add dimension to your gallery wall.

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Tip 3--Cut It or Print It

Wall art can have some weight to it, depending on the size. And when you deal with dorm room walls, Command StripsTM don’t necessarily stick to all dorm walls. So, get creative with some scissors and colorful washi tape or patterned duct tape to mount your art. If your canvas is too heavy, simply take your scissors and cut around the image you want to display and use your selected tape to adhere it on your walls. Beware that once you use this tape, it will be tricky to remove from the images without damaging them. If you want to get even simpler, find pictures online, go to your nearest print shop, and print off the images to mount on your walls.