Dorm Wall Décor: 12 Best Ways to Decorate Your Dorm Walls 2021

Decorating dorm walls is one of the most fun parts of moving into college. It is a way to express yourself and be creative. Dorm decorations can also make great high school graduation gifts! Make sure to check the residence life section of your website to make sure you follow all the rules for decorating your dorm.

This post is sponsored by TilePix but the opinions are my own. 

Best dorm wall decor ideas for 2021

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1. TilePix

These are photo tiles that can be hung up easily. There are many different functions TilePix offers, such as the split picture function, where you can take a single picture and it can be split into separate pictures. Hanging the tiles is very easy because there are no nails required which is perfect for the dorms or college apartments. TilePix come with a magnetic back that sticks to the wall and is easily removable.

You don’t even have to worry about spacing the tiles because of the strong magnetic back, you can smoothly move around the tiles quite a bit. And, it takes less than 5 minutes to hang and adjust the tiles!

TilePix are great for decorating dorm and apartment walls and can also be cute for special events, like graduations.
Photo credit: Jamie Marghella.

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2. Fairy Lights

These fairy lights are such a cute addition to any dorm room. They are trendy and are ideal for having a movie night with friends or studying late at night. These are super popular among college students. 

3. Tapestries

Tapestries are a decorative way to fill an entire wall! Also, tapestries can be inexpensive. Beach or nature tapestries are especially popular right now. I had a giant tapestry with a mountain scene in my room and sometimes it actually felt like I was there.

4. Wallpaper

Dormify has some of the best removable wallpaper, and it is specifically made for dorm rooms, so it is easy to put up and remove. Wallpaper can really lighten up a room and turn a boring dorm room into a room that feels like home.


5. Full-Length Mirror

A lot of dorm rooms do not have a mirror, so hanging a full-size mirror on the wall can be a great idea. This is also very useful for getting ready in the morning to be able to see your full outfit before leaving for class. 

6. Leaves Garland

These are super popular among college students recently. They can be hung around the ceiling of the room or just down the walls as decoration. In my sorority house last year, so many of the rooms had either a leaf or flower garland and it made the whole room feel like a forest. 

7. Custom Name Signs

Custom name signs are perfect for you and your roommate. They can either be hung up next to each other on the wall or one on each side of the room. My roommate and I had these signs and we hung them up on our door, but they can be used anywhere in the room.


8. No Nails State Pride Cork Board

This cork board is a fun way to bring a piece of home with you to college. It can be easily hung up with no nails and can be used for photos, keepsakes, to-do lists, or reminders. 

9. Dry-erase board

A dry-erase board is perfect for students who are very organized and like to plan things out in advance. It is simple and is great for planning out the month, adding holidays, assignment due dates, and other important dates to remember. I had one of these as a freshman and it was so convenient having my calendar right in front of me with all my events planned for the month. 

10. Hanging Neon Sign Light

Light-up signs are a great addition to any dorm room. Especially for watching movies late at night, these signs are perfect when it would be too light to have the lights on but too dark to have the lights off. 

11. Wood Monogram Letter

This is another fun addition to the wall that you could match with your roommate. There are so many cool fonts to choose from and you and your roommate could even paint the letters together as a fun little project. 

12. Hanging shelf

This can be used for plants, photos, or just storage for small items. It is super cute and will look good in any room.


About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the 2019 to 2020 school year, she was the advertising director for The Bottom Line newspaper at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to that, she was an intern for United Airlines in both 2018 and 2019, where she was involved in projects to improve the customer experience. She loves writing and creating videos and really enjoys working for Grown and Flown!

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