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Are you designing a boho dorm room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Blob Home designed by Becca Ferguson
Blob HomeDesigned by Becca Ferguson
Bathroom Mood Board designed by Raven Dorsey
Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Raven Dorsey
2022 Vision Board designed by Taylor Winter
2022 Vision BoardDesigned by Taylor Winter
Apartment Mood Board designed by Nichole Hill
Apartment Mood BoardDesigned by Nichole Hill
Concept-Bedroom#2: Boho Den designed by abigail adreani
Concept-Bedroom#2: Boho DenDesigned by abigail adreani
Untitled designed by KATHERINE ECK
UntitledDesigned by KATHERINE ECK
Product List designed by Raeessa Smith
Product ListDesigned by Raeessa Smith
H&M Back to School Challenge designed by Krista Heumann
H&M Back to School ChallengeDesigned by Krista Heumann
Bunk Room designed by Elissa Hall
Bunk RoomDesigned by Elissa Hall
dorm room inspiration  designed by kaley Nelson
dorm room inspiration Designed by kaley Nelson
my vibe board. designed by Kiara Dozier
my vibe board.Designed by Kiara Dozier
Untitled (copy) designed by Darci Marriott
Untitled (copy)Designed by Darci Marriott
Bedroom Moodboard designed by Anel Abdykarimova
Bedroom MoodboardDesigned by Anel Abdykarimova
Room Mock-Up for Floor Plan #2 designed by Tianna Ginsberg
Room Mock-Up for Floor Plan #2Designed by Tianna Ginsberg
Coachella Vibes designed by Briana O'Dea
Coachella VibesDesigned by Briana O'Dea
Sunny Skies designed by Lauren Beaver
Sunny SkiesDesigned by Lauren Beaver
Pink designed by Anna Schumacher
PinkDesigned by Anna Schumacher
Reading Nook designed by Amber Wilcox
Reading NookDesigned by Amber Wilcox

Design tips for decorating a boho style dorm room

Here’s how to achieve the boho aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a boho dorm room?

Designing a dorm room requires maximizing the limited space while creating a comfortable and personal environment to support various activities from sleeping to eating to studying.

Most likely, your dorm room will come furnished already by your college or university. By incorporating the provided basics with your own storage elements, you can create an optimal dorm room layout. Each piece should be selected for its functionality, space efficiency, and the ability to make the dorm room feel like a personalized and comfortable living space​​:

  • Bed Sheets & Duvet: Often the statement piece in every dorm room makeover, select a color or pattern for your sheets that sets the desired mood for the space and complements the boho style you want to achieve. Many dorm room beds are extra long, make sure you get sheets that will fit!
  • Bed Frame: A basic foundation for the mattress, often designed to incorporate storage underneath to utilize space efficiently. If you have the option, we’d recommend lofting your bed with your desk underneath to make the most of the available square footage.
  • Desk and Chair: A workstation is crucial for studying and completing assignments. The desk should be compact yet functional, with the chair being comfortable enough for long study sessions.
  • Bookshelves or Storage Units: To store textbooks, study materials, and personal items, maximizing vertical space with storage is a smart solution. Under-bed storage, hanging organizers, and stackable bins are essential for keeping belongings organized and out of the way in a small space.
  • Dresser or Wardrobe: Clothing storage is necessary, and many dorm rooms come equipped with a built-in or standalone dresser or wardrobe.
  • Accent Chair or Small Sofa: If space allows, an additional seating option can make the dorm feel more homey and provide a place for guests. Futons are common in dorm rooms as they can double as an extra bed for visiting BFFs.
  • Side Table or Nightstand: A small table next to the bed or desk for a lamp, alarm clock, and storage for personal items is a great addition if you have the space.
  • Rug: To add warmth and comfort to the often cold and sterile dorm room floors, a rug can also help to define the space and add a touch of personality.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the dorm room. Don’t forget the curtain rod!
  • Decorative Accessories: Now for the fun part:). Decorative accessories are the finishing touches that bring depth and personality to any space. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall color scheme and boho style to bring your design vision to life. By carefully selecting decor items such as posters and throw pillows, you can inject color, texture, and character into your room, transforming it from ordinary to extraordinary.

By integrating these elements into your dorm room's design, you can create a highly functional and efficient space that turns your dorm room into your home away from home! If you need an extra hand in your design process, check out our step-by-step guide on Dorm Room Design.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a boho dorm room design?

Bohemian (aka Boho) interior design is known for its eclectic and unconventional approach, celebrating a rich mix of colors, prints, patterns, and textures—lots and lots of them. This style exudes a carefree, artistic vibe, incorporating elements from different cultures and eras. The boho style encourages personal expression and creativity, resulting in layered spaces that are full of character and charm. We’ll always be the first to tell you that design rules are meant to be broken, but there really are no rules when it comes to boho design. And that’s just part of the charm. Throw out every piece of design advice you’ve heard, and go wild!

To achieve a boho dorm room is simple. While there is no standard boho color palette, you’ll often see a mix of cool and warm colors and bold jewel tones. Common boho decor elements include vibrant rugs, floor cushions, tapestries, and an abundance of plants that bring life and energy to the space. Vintage furniture, colorful textiles, and unique artifacts reflect a globetrotter's spirit, while layered fabrics create a cozy, lived-in feel.

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