20 ways to personalize your dorm room

Posted: August 16, 2017 |
Author: University of Southern Utah |
Reading time: 3 minutes

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

SUU color palette University pride

  1. Use a color scheme to bring all your decorations together – from your desk to your block letters to your wall art.Red black and gray decor

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 college by incorporating school colors into your dorm room. (Go Thunderbirds!)

red decor

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

handwriting Southern Utah University

Have a roommate craft night and create personalized plates. Learn the basic techniques for hand lettering beforehand.

4. Put up pictures of your school.

School Landmarks Photos

Outdoor color paletteOutside

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

Southern Utah University University of the Parks

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

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

Ranger Wildlife Research Service - Zion National Park

7. Bring nature inside with these cute succulent gardens.

succulent plant

Check out these succulent garden tips for small spaces and for potting and caring for your plant.

city ​​lights

8. Ping pong ball light strands.

ping pong ball light strands

(via Sarahnick)

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

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

new york themed room

(via Tracey Whitelaw)

10. Use tape for a beautiful city skyline.

city ​​skyline made of tape


11. Map your adventures for everyone to see.

photos of travel and map

12. Check out this Buzzfeed article for 28 decor ideas to satisfy your wanderlust.

13. Here’s another blog entry with creative ways to decorate your travels.

travel memory box

You can also make a box for your time at SUU with photos and cards to post in the office later in life.

More tips and ideas

14. Label your stuff.

Labeled wooden spoons

Chances are you and your roommates share common stuff, because what apartment really needs four toasters? Label your belongings so that when you leave at the end of the year, there’s no arguing about who brought what nine months earlier.

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

15. Check out this blog post about decorations that won’t scare your roommate.

line with hanging pictures

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

16. Dorm DIY that everyone on your floor will envy.

light strands with photos clipped on it

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

the Beatles poster and hats hanging on the wall

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

18. Go to your local thrift store and update the art you find there.

I was lucky as a four leaf clover

Cedar City has many thrift stores, such as Deseret Industries (the DI) and the Ye Old Catholic Thrift Shoppe.

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

Frames with washi tape

This is a great temporary decorating solution as it won’t damage the walls. Here are 15 fantastic ways to decorate with washi tape.

20. Here you will find a list of what you can bring to a SUU residence.

founders hall

Always ask your landlord or resident assistant what is allowed in your apartment or student house.

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

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