Back to School Design with our New Home in Mind

Back-to-school season has begun and with it, it brings dorm decor inspiration.  With our recent move (aka downsize) to Buffalo NY I am using all the back to school dorm designs as inspiration for this kid’s rooms. So I’ve compiled a little guide as to how to create a modern and colorful dorm room (or small room).  So put down the Christmas lights, laptop decals, and scroll below for some serious dorm room design.

Source Sherwin Williams

Step 1.

Choose a color palette that everyone agrees on.

The best way to select a basic color palette and start from looking at the color wheel. Choose eye-pleasing colors that suit your personality.   stick with 2-4 basic colors from the same or similar families and choose no more than 1-2 colors that aren’t in the same color family but which complement your original choices.


Step 2.

Add some interest to your wall and desk.

Dormroom walls are anything but interesting.   They are often cement slabs covered in layers of old paint.  Don’t forget that peel and stick wallpaper like smooth surfaces.  Make sure to wipe your walls with a damp towel, and give it some time to dry before application.

Source @doityourself

If you don’t have smooth walls or peel and stick wallpaper won’t work, add it to your dresser or even desk for a pop of color and design!

Step 3.

Make your bed

Source Dormify

The biggest and focal point of your dorm room will be your bed.  So take the advice your mother has been given you for the past 18 years of your life, and MAKE YOUR BED.  It’ll make the entire room feel inviting and finished.  Use colorful or textured throw pillows to add interest to your design. And when they’re not on your bed, you can use them as extra seating for guests.

Source Pintrest

Step 4.

Go bold with your headboard.

There are lots of headboards available for dorm rooms nowadays.  As stated above, your bed will be the focal point of your room so whatever you choose, will help you define the look of your dorm room.  I recently fell in love with these pillow headboards that are made right here in Charlotte N.C. by Holistic Habitat.

Sourced from @holistichabitatclt

Step 5.


Dorm rooms are small so organization is key! Using every and any space available will enable you to make the most of your small space. Think wall hooks, under the bed organizers, closet organizers, and hat racks!

Source Pintrest

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