Whether you’re a fresh-faced high school grad or starting another year in a college dorm, it’s important to create a home away from home where you can feel comfortable. Let the creative juices flow with these design-savvy dorm room essentials that will personalize and brighten up your standard dorm space, while preparing a stress-free you for those crucial first days of classes.
Urban Outfitters, Watercolor Medallion Duvet Cover, $79
Fun and colorful, this duvet cover with vibrant floral motif is crafted from 100 percent soft cotton. Good news this school year: UO is offering most of its indie print bedding in dorm-friendly twin XL size.
The Container Store, Dairy Crates, $6.99 each.
Stack them one on top of the other in your closet, under the bed or use as a bookshelf; wherever you can find a bit of open space, use it and use it creatively! Especially with these colorful Authentic Dairy Crates that are sure to match any color scheme.
PB Teen, Colorband Surf Shade, $59
Add some color to an otherwise dreary dorm night table or dresser with this artsy lamp shade. This could also be a great DIY project if you have the time to spare to go out and buy colorful patterned ribbon and superglue it onto a plain white lamp shade.
Anthropologie, Silver-Burnished Shower Curtain, $128
Bathe in silver flowers with this one-of-a-kind shower curtain that is just as much durable as it is cute.
Barnes & Noble, Decorative Metal Two Tier Letter Holder, $9.95
Add understated elegance when it comes to organizing school papers and immediate things-to-do. This beautiful lace-like metal two tier letter holder will sweetly remind you of your to-do list.
Crate and Barrel, Chrome Rolling Hamper, $39.95
Choose a laundry solution that is portable and comfortable to carry and avoid any dread of hauling laundry through dorm halls and up and down stairs. With easy portable wheels, the Chrome Rolling Hamper is both fun and functional.