How to Decorate the Perfect Pink Dorm Room
Studying is Prettier in Pink!
Heading to college can be scary. It's a whole new world to carve out your own piece from, and it can be a little difficult to express your individuality and style the way you used to. That's why I think it is very liberating and stress relieving to have a dorm room decorated in a way you love right from the start - a place you can relax in and invite your new friends over to that is just quintessentially you.
So that is why I've decided to make this article, so I can share with you all the cute and pretty dorm room decorations that you can choose from if you are a girly girl hoping to make a dorm room that overflows with pink goodness. There's a lot of amazing stuff out there, so I've just featured my favorites here. Let's get started!
Start with some Beautiful Pink Bedding
The first step in decorating any dorm room or bedroom is to pick out some bedding that is both comfortable and looks amazing, and there is a whole heap of pink bedding out there to choose from. For starts there is a lot of block color, solid pink bedding such as the cute Love comforter above. I particularly like the huge amount of accessories you get with this bedding (a comforter, two pillow shams and two decorative pillows); having a lot of pillows makes the bed feel more homely and the room less empty.
If you are looking for something a little bolder than that, something that shouts energy to the high heavens and lights up your bedroom with a warm pink glow, then check out the awesome neon pink zebra patterned bedding on the left. It comes with a whopping seven pieces: a comforter, two pillow shams, a bedskirt and three gorgeous decorative pillows.
Some of My Favorite Pink Dorm Rooms from around the NetClick thumbnail to view full-size
Above are some of my favorite pink dorm rooms and bedrooms from around the net. Take a look and get some well deserved inspiration for your next decorating masterpiece!
For some serious pink Princess cred, combine your pink bedding with a fairy-like bed canopy. You can buy some pretty elaborate ones online, but I like the simple look personally. That's why I recommend making your own! Just follow the tutorial above for a beautiful look. The string lights are very pretty too.
Decorate Your Bed with some Pretty Pink Pillows
Here's a tip for those of you who are a bit strapped for cash and don't want to buy a full pink bedding set. You can easily achieve a similarly feminine and elegant look on your bed by pairing some girly pink pillows and cushions with your existing bedding.
Pillows are great for decorating sofas and chairs if you have them too! Overall, they are a very useful and versatile piece of bedroom décor.
You can find a number of different styles of pink cushion that would work well in a college dorm room, such as plain block pink ones, ones with an interesting 3D flower texture, and my personal favorite, fluffy pink cushions!
Decorating on a student budget can be majorly sucky, which is why arts and crafts should lead the way! Making your own DIY bedroom decor is an excellent way to save a lot of money, and you don't have to be a whiz with a needle to make some lovely looking pieces. For example, above is an easy to follow tutorial on how to make a cute pink macaron pillow for your bed or sofa. Easy-peasy!
Let's Get Girly with those Walls...
Once your bed is looking perfectly tickled pink, its time to make sure your walls are looking peachy. I made the mistake of leaving my balls bare for most of my first year in college, and frankly I think it go me a bit down - the room just looked a bit empty and depressing. As such I definitely recommend you stick up some posters, artwork, and maybe even some photos of your friends and family. Above is a cute piece of canvas art that I think would look truly wonderful in a pink dorm room, and it is available on Amazon.
DIY Wall and Noticeboard Decorating - Let's do some Arts and Crafts!
Another cool way you can decorate your walls is by cutting out lots of different shades of pink paper butterflies and arranging them in a heart! These are very easy and inexpensive to make and can be arranged in any way that you like across your dorm room wall. Why not spell out your name? It's a great way to add a personal touch.
Another fun way to decorate your walls is with some pink wall decals. These stickers don't use any glue do you can apply and remove them without leaving any marks on the wall. No need to worry about that deposit!
A lot of my friends at university were really into sticking photos of themselves and their friends all over their walls - not my thing since I was too lazy to take them down at the end of the year, but a cute idea nonetheless.
I have thought of quite a few ways that this practice can be made better with pink. You could check out the tutorial above and use a spare bit of pink fabric to make a memo board for your photos, or if you have too many to put on one board, cut out pink cardboard squares to act as frame backings for the photos.
Add Some Pink Dorm Room Furniture
Some colleges provide a lot of their own furniture in dorm rooms, but many don't. If you have some space but nowhere to sit or store your stuff, I recommend investing in some pink dorm furniture. For example, the comfy hot pink sofa above is not only a pretty piece of décor to tie the room together, but also a fun place for you and your friends to hang out and watch some chick flicks together.
A good tip for studying is to have a tidy desk - a messy desk can put you in the wrong state of mind and make you stress. That said, often dorm rooms don't provide enough space to keep all your books, so they tend to litter your desk. Meanwhile, a clothing-carpet is a common dorm room sight. That's why pink storage furniture like shelves and drawers are a must!
If you have some old furniture to bring from home and a big space in which to make a bit of a mess, I recommend taking a paint brush to it and making pink happen! Painting old furniture isn't as hard as it sounds, and can leave you with bold and beautiful furniture for a fraction of the cost. Above is a fun tutorial that will teach you how it's done.
Pink-ify Those Windows Too!
Windows need decorating too, or the room will look a little bit empty. Why no pick up some cute pink curtains to match your new room?
I'm a big fan of sheer curtains - when the room shines through them they make your room light up with a pink glow! I recommend getting some thick curtains too or combining them with a blind in the summer, unless you are a serious morning person, as they do let through a lot of light.
If you have a spare piece of pink fabric such as a tablecloth, then you can even make your own curtains with a bit of sowing skill. Be aware that not all dorms and student accommodations like it when you take the existing curtains down though, so be sure to ask for permission if curtains have been provided to you.
Here's another cool curtain that would look lovely, not just on your windows but also on your door frames too! I love beaded curtains - they look so luxurious!
It's actually relatively easy to make this sort of curtain yourself with tin string or fishing wire and beads of your choice. Just keep the end results away from cats, or you'll never get any sleep. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
Light Up Your Room With a Pink Glow!
Next you'll need some lighting. Pink lamp shades and ceiling shades are par for the course, but there are also some more unique and original forms of pink lighting you can get out there, which work especially well if you aren't allowed to modify the light fixtures in your bedroom. Check out this cute LED floral bonsai lamp for example - it's really cool! You can find usually find this pretty piece on Amazon.
Here's a really awesome accessory to add to your bedroom - a cute pink flower garland set that doubles as a set of string lights! Its two wonderful décor pieces combined into one, and it looks really special when its lit up at night.
I think these would look particularly good draped over a mirror, bed frame or your dorm room window.
Back to the DIY goodies for the artsy and crafty! Above is a super cool pink cloud lamp that you can make for your dorm. It isn't as tricky as it looks, and the end result is this beautiful cotton-candy-like fixture for your dorm room. Cute! Just follow the tutorial above.
Lastly, candles are a very student-y way to light up your life, and you can find loads of cute pink candles out there for a bargain. Many student accommodations don't allow any open flames in the room, however, so make sure you have permission, and be careful!
For a safer option, you can get flameless LED candles that look lovely too. Here are some great ones!
Once the bed is made, the walls are looking artistic and original and your stuff is all tucked away in some neat furniture (don't worry, it'll all end up in its rightful place on the floor soon enough), all that is left to do is add the finishing touches. For example, the cute pom poms features above would make a wonderful accessory to hang from your ceiling! Alternatively, you can find a tutorial for making your own pink pom poms!
If you feel like your floor is a little bare and in need of some sprucing up, why not lay down a colorful rug like this one? It's nice to have something soft between your toes after a long day of class too.
Believe it or not, even something that we are used to having to shell out a fortune for like rugs can be made at home! Check out the amazing pom-pom rug above - the one in this tutorial isn't all pink, but there is no reason why it can't be. If you have enough time to devote to the project, I bet that this one will be a real winner. Plus, it has the advantage that you can make it as big as you like and in any shape that you like!
DIY Pink Bedroom and Dorm Accessories
If you are shopping on a budget, here's a tip: you can save yourself a lot of money by making your own pink dorm room décor! Where I would start is with the tutorial above, which shows how to make cute pink paper peonies. These can be used as the basis of many decorations - a mirror or photo frame, a garland, flowers in a pot, and so on.
So there you have it! That is my guide to creating the perfect pink dorm room for girly college students everywhere. I hope that you found some great ideas for your bedroom and have a ton of fun decorating. If you enjoyed this post and would like more decorating inspiration, be sure to check out my blog for all of the best bedding and bedroom decorating themes on the net!