Light Up Your Dorm Room - Dorm Room Lighting Ideas
Is there anything worse than living with ugly, unflattering, migraine-inducing industrial lighting in your dorm room? Although we like to live in a dormitory, this is something we can't stand. Fortunately, there are plenty of lighting options that can bring a calm, warm feeling to your space without the need to spend money or an electrician to get the job done.
Want lights in your room, but want something more than your typical simple string of lights? The Twinkle Star Light Curtain is perfect if you’re looking for unique lighting. You can add your own accents by intertwining a cloth curtain among the lights or by hanging pictures between the vertical strands—the possibilities for creativity and decoration are endless.
Rope lights are a great way to add light around architectural features or to do a little “creative writing.” If you’re the neat and orderly type — science majors and engineers, you know who you are — any edge in a room can be a great spot to hang rope lights: around a door or window, inside a bookshelf or desk area, or around the edges of bunks or lofts.
Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm Smarter Kit
While most accent lighting is relatively inexpensive, lights that give you your own audiovisual lightshow will cost you a bit more—but are well worth the price, like The Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm Smarter Kit. This kit comes with 15 triangular light panels that can display millions of colors while transforming your favorite songs into art you can see.
Comprised of a team of visual artists, designers, and creatives, E.P. Light is passionate about bringing beauty and creative energy to every room. Our collection of mesmerizing, LED light fixtures feature strong creative influences from legendary artist Jackson Pollock— resulting in a gorgeous and unique piece of ambient lighting that will transform your space with abstract expressionist style.
Feminine Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are always popular with dorm rooms. These are those twinkling strands of lights you see during the holidays, but you can jazz them up to make them all-seasons. For one, use clothespins to hang photos from them, use fabric scraps to decorate them like a long wreath, or purchase a set with accents like jewels and butterflies.
If you’re not patient enough to DIY your writing, spend a little bit more and purchase large sized marquee letters and then hang throughout your rooms. Many are battery operated so they take up less outlets, and you can get them in a variety of phrases, letters, or symbols. We love the ampersand for shared dorm rooms!
Paper Ball Lanterns
Paper ball lanterns are super-cheap, but they are also super-stylish! Grab a ton of them in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors and bunch together in the center of the room for a chandelier look or hang over your bed for a more personal feel. To add lighting, use string lights or Edison lights (the larger-bulb varieties), and space the lanterns out so that they cover a bulb.
Globe lights are a cost-effective great alternative to standard non-LED string lights. Globes come in a variety of colors and finishes, ranging from white clear to satin multicolor, and feature an array of sizes. Globes are especially effective hanging underneath things, either along the inside of bookcases, or dangling from bunks or lofts to provide light below. And they’re much more appealing than the “spotlight” of a single clip lamp in a smaller space.
Art Deco Desk Uplighting
The number one desk trend this year is the art deco look. We’re talking golds and bronze with clean white and tan shades. Add geometric lines and decorations to the lamp and you’ve got lighting that is both functional and a work of art.