September 24, 2012

dorm decor : part two

A lot of schools don't allow anything permanent on the dorm walls. No nails, holes, paint, etc. This forces students to get creative with how they decorate the walls of their white dorm room. Here are some great, temporary wall decor ideas! (Most of these require Command hanging strips)

1. Posters. Find posters on amazon or at local stores to hang on the walls. They're big and colorful so they take away from a bright, white wall. It's also a great way to personalize the space with favorite movies, TV shows, celebrities, etc. 

2. Scrapbook paper. Go to a craft store and pick up a ton of scrapbook paper. There are so many different patterns, colors, textures, and prints of scrapbook paper that it is perfect for adding a color or theme to the room. Use poster hanging strips to cover the wall with the paper. I did this in my dorm room last year and we got so many compliments on it. 

3. Paint chips. This one is great because it's free. Go to any store that sells paint and pick up a bunch of paint swatches. Cover the walls with those paint swatches. This is a really easy way to add color and give the appearance of wallpaper or a painted wall. I did this in my room this year and I love it! Blog post here!

4. Decals. Wall decals can be purchased almost anywhere. Try a craft store, the home decor section at Target, or amazon. These are available as quotes, images, flowers, borders, etc. They are easy to stick on and take off at the end of the year without ruining the walls. We did this in my room last year and really liked how it turned out! 

5. Inspiration board. Spend some time on pinterest or tumblr to collect favorite quotes or inspirational images. Cut out pictures or titles from magazines. Put them all together in a giant collage on a wall, door, or cork board. I did this in my room this year! Blog post here

Check out more "dorm decor" posts!

dorm decor : part one
dorm DIY: glitter in the air
dorm DIY: pinspiration
dorm DIY: purple paint
dorm decor : part three
dorm DIY: heart like mine

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