Looking for an easy way to liven up your dorm room? We’ve got you covered. From large light fixtures to intricate jewellery boxes and everything in between, here’s a bunch of dorm accessories that are sure to add interest to your living space. Say goodbye to faded posters and boring centre-pieces, these accessories are anything but basic!
Add some wow-factor to your dorm by decorating your room with an attention-grabbing neon light. Neon lights not only add a soft glow to your room at night, but also double as tabletop decorations in the day. This neon light comes in a quirky peach shape and adds a warm glow to your bedroom!
Add some whimsy to your bedroom and display your photographs by hanging up some fairy light clips. Fairy lights add a cosy feel to any bedroom, but these take it up a notch by also doubling as a hanging display for polaroids or any other small photos.
Test your green thumb by growing some plants around your dorm. These terrariums are gorgeous when dotted around a flat and will definitely motivate you to begin planting your own indoor garden! Terrariums can be placed on tabletops or hung from ceilings, so you can cover your space in greenery. Plants add a great liveliness and are perfect for small but pretty dorm accessories!
Square cushions are so basic. Take your dorm accessories to the next level by opting for a furry sloth pillow. This cute pillow will liven up the mood in any room and will be great to snuggle into on lazy days. If you’re not yet sold, know that this also comes in pink!
Like a magic 8-ball and pillow rolled into one, this reversible cushion can also help make decisions for you. The bold orange and lilac colours are also great for adding a pop of colour to any room.
Make your dorm feel like a beach 24/7 by decorating with this throw blanket. If you want to update your basic, solid throw blanket, then this is a great way to do so. This throw blanket could even double as a tapestry that you can hang on your wall.
It’s good vibes all around with this dorm accessory. Replace your basic throw blanket with this mauve woven number and you’re sure to see a change in your living space. This is the perfect dorm accessory for cold nights or Netflix sessions.
This sleek mirror is not only an elegant tabletop accessory, it’s also functional! This mirror is a great way to decorate your desk or dresser. It comes with little slots for you to hang and display your earrings, so your jewellery can also work as room decor.
If you want a wall display that is also functional, then definitely go for a decorative wall hook. This particular one says babe, but this wall hook is also offered in different words and phrases. Use this to hang all your favourite accessories so you can just throw them on when you’re in a rush to go out.
Sloths are everywhere nowadays and with good reason! Upgrade your basic trinket dish to this cute sloth painted one as a simple way of adding some interest to your dorm room. It’s hard not to smile with this lil guy sitting on your desk!
This is a not-so-basic way of storing your jewellery that is similar to the plastic trinket boxes of the 90s. Although this jewellery box is simple in design, the iridescent finish adds something extra, and makes for a dainty dorm accessory.
12. Moon Mirror
There’s always something great about dorm accessories that have form and function. This moon mirror is an example. Use this as a tabletop accessory to add some gleam and glow to your dorm, or use it as a portable mirror to do your makeup anywhere!
13. Wire Wall Grid
Gone are the days of basic picture fames. Showcase your photographs in the best way by hanging them up on a wire wall grid. Wire wall grids can also be used in place of a bulletin board, so you and your dorm mates can share the cost and use it to hang up little reminders.
If you have a little bit of an avo obsession, then let the world know by decorating your room with this cute avocado trinket dish. This one is actually the size of a small bowl, so you can even use it for snacks if you wish.
For the social butterflies out there, opt for this fun door hanger as an open invitation for your dorm mates to come in and chat or hang out with you. If you’re on a tight budget, this is a great way to spice up your dorm at a small cost.
16. Ceramic Candle
If you’re feeling a bit ~artsy~, hunt around for some hand-painted ceramic candles and pots. These are a great way to add a touch of elegance to your dorm and are much more aesthetically pleasing than your standard glass or white ceramic candles. This specific one comes in a soft pink with a graphic ink stain, which adds some contrast to boring living spaces.
If you’re looking for an easy way to display photos, go for a fun photo holder. These are much more interesting than your standard picture frames, and the best part is that even if you don’t have a photo, you’ll still have a cool tabletop accessory.
This is not your average globe. While most globes feature maps of the world, this version moves away from the basic idea of a globe and features a space and galaxy theme. Learn about the different constellations or simply showcase your love of stars by adding this accessory to your dorm.
In some dorms, there are regulations are hanging stuff on the wall. If this means that you miss out on hanging fairy lights, here’s a solution. These glass lanterns can be filled with fairy lights or even plants, so you’ll have a way to both brighten up and decorate your dorm.
Trinket dishes are a really easy way to decorate and are also a great place to keep small jewellery and loose change. You can never have enough trinket dishes, and these ice cream ones make for the perfect dorm accessory.
Give your plants a better home by planting them in a pot with a fun, graphic design. This black and white design with a millennial pink interior is a great way to take your plants from boring to fab.
22. Leafy Tray
You might be wondering, what on earth do I need a tray for? While trays are useful for breakfast in bed, they can also be used as dorm accessories. Use a tray on top of a wardrobe or shelf to showcase your mirrors, candles, trinket dishes and other small tabletop accessories. Or, use them to store makeup palettes.
Don’t forget the floor! Rugs are a really easy way to liven up any living space, and don’t interfere with any dorm regulations about putting things up on walls. Opt for a colourful rug to brighten up your dorm room and make it feel extra cosy. Rugs are a super cute way to add dorm accessories without causing clutter!
Just because storage is primarily functional doesn’t mean it can’t look good. This watermelon storage basket is a great way to make it feel like summer year-round. It can also double as a laundry hamper in a pinch, which makes it perfect for dorm life.
Need a place to store weird, off-size items that don’t fit into your wardrobe? Wire baskets are a great way to add storage and decorate, so it’s definitely worth investing in one. Use these stylish baskets to store throw blankets, duvets or cushions.
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