Guest Picks: Dorm Room Decor Solutions: Girl Edition
With a daughter heading off to embark on her second year of college, I know a thing or two about creative dorm decorating. Living on campus in a drab space doesn't mean that you can't add some style. By thinking outside the box and being creative, you can create a stylish and comfortable dorm room that will be the envy of all. — Barbara from Markova Design
Peel & Stick Posters - CAD 6.99
Want to print up some favorite photos and turn them into art? Posterjack lets you create peel-and-stick posters for your dorm walls. And the best part: no nails needed.
Heart String Lights
I remember when I lived in a dormitory and every girl hung a string of Christmas lights around their rooms to add a bit of "glitter." These lights top those plain Christmas lights and will make the room the talk of the floor.
Marimekko Unikko Red Full/Queen Duvet Cover - $119
Funky and vibrant, this bedding is perfect for adding color and style to an otherwise bland dorm.
Children's Room Chalkboard Decal - $35
Hang a chalkboard on your wall to keep track of important dates: midterms, parties or, ahem, when to Skype your parents. Sometimes you just can't hang things on dorm walls, so this vinyl chalkboard is the perfect solution.
Vinyl Wall Sticker Decal Art, Triangles - $32.20
Want to add some personality to your dorm walls with something that can be removed easily? These wall decals can be arranged in whatever pattern you want, and when it comes time to move out, simply peel them off of the wall.
Command Designer Medium Hooks
These sticky but removable hooks are another great no-nails solution to dorm living. Use them to hang up accessories, hoodies or that fluffy housecoat!
Kvarnvik Box with Lid, White - CAD 7.99
When living in cramped quarters, like my daughter did, you learn to utilize every inch of living space. These boxes are a fashionable approach to storage.
Hotel Laundry Bag - $18
Every college student will inevitably have to wash their own clothes. This drawstring bag can be monogrammed and personalized so that dirty socks don't get mixed up with the roommate's.
Room Essentials Towel Collection, Fiery Pink - $11.97
These are the exact towels I bought my daughter when she went off to college last year. We didn't want to buy the typical white towels, so we went with something bright that will stand out in the bathroom. Just remind your college student to wash these separately from their whites. You don't want them to learn the hard way — like my daughter did — when everything turns pink.
Skubb Organizer with 6 Compartments, Black - CAD 9.99
Most dorm rooms are short on space — trust me, I was shocked at what a tiny space my daughter had to share with a roommate. This is perfect to help with organizing the closet.
Bumerang Curved Clothes Hanger, White - CAD 6.99
Every closet needs hangers, and wooden hangers are the best! Leave those cheap wire hangers at home.
Skurar Plant Pot - $2.99
Corral desk items in baskets and pots. This plant pot is a pretty way to keep all of those desktop essentials tidy.
White Sheepskin Rug - CAD 67.95
Nothing adds warmth and layers to a space better than a rug. And a sheepskin rug is perfect for keeping those chilly toes warm while sitting at a desk studying the night away.
Unique Compartmentalized Bath Caddy, Iced White - $12.97
Cart toiletries back and forth from the shower in this handy caddy. It's made of plastic, so it can go into the shower too.
LaMont Rt4300150 Cayman Wastebasket, White - $26.60
I love this stylish wastebasket. It could double as towel storage or even hold those stuffies that remind you of home.
Tuxedo Table Lamp by ET2 Lighting - $148
A bit of a splurge, this lamp would definitely add glamour to the dorm room. I love its classy look.
Threshold 325 Thread Count Organic Cotton Sheet Set, White - $27.99
Crisp white organic sheets are the perfect addition to a well-styled bed.
Spa Sensations 4-inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper - $75
My daughter begged for this for Christmas. After sleeping on an incredibly uncomfortable dorm mattress, she needed a memory foam mattress topper. She has raved about this one ever since I got it for her, and she now thoroughly enjoys a good night's rest.
Burken Jar with Lid, 1.1 Liters - CAD 3.99
I love these jars for storing cotton balls and Q-tips. My daughter uses several for bathroom essentials, but they could be great storage for those midnight candy snacks as well.