Categories: Dorm Life

5 Unique Wall Art Ideas for Your Dorm

Did you just get accepted to your top choice school? (Congratulations by the way!) Or maybe it’s your second or third year on campus and you’re just looking for something a little different for décor this year. No matter what your situation is, dorm life is one of the most exciting times of your life and we’re here to help you come up with ideas to make it special and personalized so that you love your new home!


I’m sure we’ve all seen or made a collage at least once in our lives. You probably made your first one in elementary school for a project, or maybe you had one up on the wall of your childhood living room. Either way, they are a great way to capture as many memories as you want in one fixing!

There are many apps and websites you can use to create collages and have them printed. Photo apps like PicsArt or photo printing websites like Shutterfly have collage options where you can choose as many photos as you’d like and organize them in different ways. If you are going for a modern look for your dorm, there are template options that are basic and have a very clean look. You can also change the color scheme of these templates so that they match the color scheme of your dorm room. Personalizing these collages can be so fun and adds such a creative touch to your dorm room!

Another idea for collages is something that’s very popular on Pinterest, which is printing many photos and putting them together on the wall by hand. Instead of taking these photos and putting them into a collage template, people are opting to create a giant collage by pieces together printed pictures all over the wall. This option is a little more time consuming but gives you an entire outlet for creativity.

Neon Signs

If you’re going for something a bit more retro, or just want something a little different in your dorm room this year, neon signs are a great way to add something spectacular to your wall. There are many different neon signs that are sold at many different retailers, so you’re sure to find something that matches your vibe completely.

Scrolling through Amazon, you will probably find 1, or 2, or 10 neon signs that you’d like to order for your dorm room, so treat yourself to this cute wall art piece. Find the right color for your room and the right saying or picture to add just what you need to your dorm room. Not only will this create a whole new vibe, but it will also light up the room even when the main lights are off. Décor that doubles as a night light – Yes, please!

Vinyl Records

If you’re anything like the rest of the population, you probably have a need to collect vinyl records of your favorite albums. Lots of people who collect records don’t even have a record player. However, having these valuable vinyl’s (whether you play them on not) can open a lot of décor options.

Some people may opt to put a shelf on the wall and store their records there. There is a couple of ways to go about putting them on a shelf. You can either put them up like books and store them by reading the names off the spines of the record sleeves or you can sit them face forward as if it were a display. If you’d like to add some extra spice to this shelf, you can always add a small fake plant or some crystals to the shelf to create a laid-back vibe to your room.

Many people opt to display their records face forward, whether it is on a shelf or simply pinned onto the wall, there a million different ways to go about this. Some people even store the actual record separate from the sleeve that is goes in just to create the look in their dorm room that they are going for.

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Picture this, you just opened the door to your dorm room for the first time on move in day. It’s bland. The walls are empty and blank, and you just can’t think of enough things you could add to the walls to cover that blank space. Tapestries are one of these easiest ways to do just that. Tapestries have slowly become this generation’s idea of posters. There are tons of different options for tapestries. Some have elaborate designs, some are more basic, some have quotes on them, and some are just colorful messes waiting to be hung. Whatever vibe you are looking for in your dorm, it’s almost guaranteed that there is a tapestry for you.

One of the easiest ways to find tapestries is on Amazon, but many major retailers and mall stores like Spencer’s are starting to sell them too. It’s almost guaranteed that you will find the perfect tapestry for you if you start looking around!

Letter Boards

Is your idea of what you want in your dorm room always changing? That’s completely normal. One of the easiest ways that your dorm room décor can keep up with your changing moods and styles is by adding a letter board. Letter boards come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, so whatever you’re feeling matches you the best is what you should add to your dorm room.

Some people add their schedules to their letter boards, but you should probably get a little more creative. You can add quotes from your favorite movies or shows if that’s what will make you happy. Another idea is adding your favorite trending TikTok sound of the week so that your friends can get a laugh out of it too. Whatever you choose to add to your letter board, I’m sure it will personalize your dorm room more than you ever thought possible.

Which of these dorm room wall art ideas have you already tried out? Which worked for you, and which are you trying out next? Whatever you decide for your dorm room, we’re sure it will be perfect for the school year!

Kylie Davis

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