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The Deal with Dorm Decor: Defining Your Space

December 29, 2021

With back-to-school around the corner, a new dorm room is ground-zero for the next steps in a student’s personal evolution. Living on campus is all about coming into your own: your schedule, your relationships, and your own place. Moving into your new dorm is the time to take the space away from sterile, institutional housing and turn it into a reflection of your personality and your individual needs.

String Lights

String lights are a fast, affordable way to add big personality to a small space. Wrap lights around your bed frame, hang them above your door, or string them across the ceiling for a chilled-out alternative to fluorescent overhead lighting. Tons of choices mean you can find exactly the kind of look you’re going for- paper lanterns for a summery party atmosphere, fairy lights to make it feel a little magical, or fun seasonal string lights to swap out for each holliday.


Lamps can add some mature style to a dorm room while providing real academic advantages. A desk lamp with dimming controls can improve concentration and focus. Studies have shown that people who can adjust the light level in their individual work space are able to work on complicated tasks measurably longer. Lamps are also security-deposit friendly and a great choice for adding the right kind of lighting vibe to any rented space. Plug them in and go: instant sophistication.

Flameless Candles

Most dorms aren’t really keen on having open flame on campus, but candles are still a key element when you’re putting together a relaxing space. Follow the rules and get exactly what you want by swapping out the soot and smoke with battery operated flameless candles. They come in everything from tiny tea lights to giant pillar candles. Unlike traditional candles, flameless candles can be set with a timer to go on and off on their own or you can safely leave them on all night while you sleep.  

Uncommon Decor

Turn the personality levels all the way up with unique lit decor as an alternative to candles. Interesting lanterns with new shapes offer a completely different vibe and texture to your space. In addition to or instead of candles in candle holders, think geometric shapes and a variety of textures. Glass, metal, retro, avant-garde: out-of-the-box decor comes in many striking incarnations to help build out the look you’re going for.

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