Guest Blogger Post: Warm Ups for the Dorm Room

Hi, I’m Susi, a blogger for Arcadian Lighting, where I write about lighting ideas and trends for the home. I love getting out and visiting different design blogs, so I’m excited to be here at The Puzzle of Sandra’s Life today. Dorm rooms are notoriously impersonal spaces. From textiles and pillows to light fixtures, here are some ideas to warm up for a dorm room and make it feel more personal and cozy. Enjoy!

Dorm Decor

Warm up a dorm room both visually and comfortably with textiles. Piles of pillows, cozy throws, comforters and coverlets can all create an inspired space that is also cozy.

Dorm Decor

Bold, bright colors in throws and pillows warm up this dorm room. Custom DIY headboards of burlap add great texture and create the perfect backdrop for all that cozy color.

Dorm Room

This image is a little blurry but it is such a great dorm room that I just had to use it. This is a fantastic example of how textiles and bedding can warm up a dorm room. Curtains are a must for softening the window and providing privacy. The clever little wall lights are perfect for reading or studying in bed.

Dorm Decor

Warm up potentially cold dorm room floors with an area rug. Traditional or contemporary patterned rugs warm up the space, and also add color and pattern.

Dorm Decor

Pops of color and a lovely table lamp warm up the sleeping area in this dorm room. Pretty bed linens that are also cozy are a great choice to warm up the space.

Dorm Decor

Color on the walls in the form of stripes warm up this dorm room. Since most dorms do not allow you to paint, think about using fabric and starch to add color and pattern to the walls.

Dorm Decor

Twinkling white lights are popular in dorm rooms for the soft, warm light they provide. I love this idea to use them as a lighting fixture and to hold postcards and pictures, too.

Dorm Decor

Replace dorm room furniture with flea market and thrift store finds to create a warm and stylish space. If you can’t put the dorm furniture in storage, cover it with throws and textiles that have great texture and pattern.

If you’re leaving home for the first or returning to dorm life, it can make a huge difference to have a warm, welcoming place to come back to after class. Stop by Arcadian Lighting’s blog for fresh ideas and inspiration for your dorm or home decor needs daily! (Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)


  1. Madeline
    November 26, 2011 / 8:59 pm

    Great ideas for dorm rooms! I am constantly looking for new things to add to my room that help me create more space, but also make it look nicer. So thanks for the ideas! 🙂

  2. Heather
    November 26, 2011 / 10:14 pm

    I love the fairy lights and the postcards! such a personalised touch 🙂 xxx

  3. Nici
    November 27, 2011 / 11:30 am

    Such great and inspiring interior pictures!!

  4. Jazzy E (Hivenn)
    November 27, 2011 / 1:28 pm

    Lovely post! x hivenn p.s enter my $200 shopbop giveaway?

  5. Anonymous
    November 27, 2011 / 1:30 pm

    love the 1, 2 and 7 pics!<3

  6. Miss Starshiny
    November 27, 2011 / 2:15 pm

    so many nice decor ideas!nice guest post!!!xxxMiss Starshiny

  7. Couture des filles
    November 27, 2011 / 4:07 pm


  8. Annie L
    November 27, 2011 / 5:03 pm

    Thanks for this! I lived in the dorms several years ago and it's definitely hard to make it cozy–

  9. Sick by Trend
    November 27, 2011 / 7:34 pm

    very beautiful all the rooms

  10. JustPatience
    November 28, 2011 / 12:09 am

    Very cozy spaces. Love the mix of colors. It's so unexpected and yet works so

  11. Rebecca
    November 28, 2011 / 2:43 am

    love the idea of a rug! I really wish I had one my freshman year!

  12. Sanna
    November 28, 2011 / 5:51 am

    OMG! Thank you so much for such great ideas.I LOVE ITTT!!!THANK YOU!

  13. Style Diaries
    November 28, 2011 / 12:47 pm

    i so like the first bed.

  14. Tereza {Drastic Plastic}
    November 28, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    Congratulations on your guest post, really cool.

  15. Jayme and Mendi
    November 30, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    Love this post! Love the photos used. My favorite one is the white twinkle lights!Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  16. A little about Ayla
    December 4, 2011 / 4:51 pm

    those wall butterflies are so pretty! <

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