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20 Ways to Personalize Your Dorm Room

Posted: August 16, 2017 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 3 minutes


After you've found your housing for college, you'll start to think about all the ways to decorate. For many students, college is the first time they are living away from home. A well-decorated room gives you a comfortable space to relax when you're not in class or studying. We at Southern Utah University have created this list of color palettes and DIYs to help inspire your decorations for your college apartment.

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  1. Use a color scheme to bring all your decorations together - from your desk, to your block letters, to your wall art.2017-08-suu-decor-room.jpg

Visit your on-campus bookstore or gift shop for cute frames, photos or blankets that represent your school.

Find downloadable inspirational quotes on Etsy.

2. Support your university by incorporating school colors into your dorm room. (Go Thunderbirds!)


3. Get creative with your painting or hand lettering and show some school spirit.


Have a roommate craft night and create personalized signs. Learn basic hand lettering techniques beforehand.

4. Hang photos of your school.


Check out the SUU Marketing pages for free photo downloads.


5. Share your love for the outdoors with the University of the Parks badge.


As the University of the Parks, students can find clothing and memorabilia with the logo at the SUU Bookstore (in-store only).

6. Find websites to download free vintage posters, including these cool National Park posters.


7. Bring nature inside with these adorable succulent gardens.


Check out these tips for succulent gardens for small spaces and how to pot and care for your plant.


City Lights

8. Ping pong ball light strands.


(via The Surznick Common Room)

Cities are full of lights, so decorate your room with this DIY ping pong light strand. You can also use colored lights instead of white.

9. Check out this blog for decorating tips with a specific city theme in mind.


(via Tracey Whitelaw)

10. Use tape for a beautiful city skyline.


Here's a how-to guide on designing your tape city.



11. Map out your adventures for all to see.


12. Look at this Buzzfeed article for 28 decor ideas to satisfy your wanderlust.


13. Here is another blog article with creative ways to decorate with your travels.


You can also create a box for your time at SUU with photos and ticket stubs to place in your office later in life.

More tips and ideas

14. Label your stuff.


Chances are you and your roommates will share communal items because what apartment really needs four toasters? Label your belongings so when you move out at the end of the year, there are no fights as to who brought what nine months prior.

For example, label kitchen utensils by creating a different color for each roommate. Try this tutorial on painting wooden spoons.

15. Check out this blog post about decorations that won't annoy your roommate.


Adding personal photos is the quickest way to make any space feel like home.

16. Dorm DIY that will make everyone on your floor jealous.


17. Print large posters at your local copy shop to add a unique flair to your room.


Find pricing for the SUU Copy Shop here. The Copy and Post Shop is located on the first floor of the Library.

18. Hit up your local thrift store and update the art you find there.


Cedar City has a lot of thrift stores, like Deseret Industries (the DI), Poser's Place and the Ye Old Catholic Thrift Shoppe.

19. Use washi tape to create a masterpiece on your wall or to frame your photos and prints.


This is a great temporary decoration solution because it won't damage the walls. Here are 15 fab ways to decorate with washi tape.

20. Here's a list of what you can bring to an SUU residence hall.


Always check with your landlord or resident assistant about what is allowed in your apartment or dorm.

Special thanks to Amie Tukuafu, SUU Assistant Director of Admissions, for having the best SUU-themed office on campus.

Tags: Housing

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