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Spice Up Your Dorm Decor This Fall With These 10 Items


The leaves are changing, pumpkin spice lattes are back in stock, and Halloween candy is available in bulk at your nearest convenience store. You know what this means: fall is finally here. This new season signifies change, and with all that’s going on in the world, we could all use something positive. So why not ring in the season with some fall-themed decor?

Reset your energy and bring the fall festivities into your space with these cute decor items. Your house will transform into an autumnal paradise, and things may also get a little ~spooky~ just in time for Halloween!

Pumpkin Figurines

This collection of cute pumpkins will make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. They’re made out of ceramic, so you can place them on your desk as paperweights or use them as a fun centerpiece for holiday dinner with friends. You can also set them atop your chest of drawers in your dorm room to add a festive vibe to your space — the fun colors can brighten up even the dullest of spaces.

Bed Bath & Beyond, $17, shop now.

festive tapestry  

Fall asleep under the stars with this gorgeous moonlit garden tapestry. The unique, fall-themed design features the moon, stars, fall leaves, and flowers that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season. A tapestry is great for brightening up your dorm room walls, but if you don’t want to hang it, you can also place it on your bed or use it as a curtain, tablecloth, or picnic blanket for your next date.

Amazon, $8.99, shop now.

fall-themed pillow covers

These fall-themed pillow covers will look beautiful in your dorm or apartment. The burnished orange and pumpkin decals can pair well with any interior decorating style. The zipper is perfectly hidden so the pillows will blend seamlessly into your space and they’re also soft to touch, giving them a high-quality feel at an affordable price.

Wayfair, $32, shop now.

accent candle

A good candle is a must-have for anyone looking to add a little bit of fall to their space. That said, not every candle has to be scented with generic pumpkin spice. If you can have candles in your space, add some zen with this candle that smells like warm embers. Not only will it fill your space with cozy vibes, but it burns for up to 50 hours. It’s also a perfect gift for any friend who’s afraid of feeling blue this fall. If you can’t burn candles in your space, try this fall-scented room spray instead!

Bed Bath & Beyond, $10, shop now.

Autumn wreath

If you want to be the envy of everyone in your dorm this holiday season, find a fun wreath to hang on your door, and I promise, everyone will want one, too! This 22-inch wreath is inspired by mini pumpkins, sunflowers, and berries, and is perfect for your door or anywhere in your space. The dreamy autumn hues are perfect for welcoming guests throughout the season – plus it’s suitable for use indoors and outdoors.

Bed Bath & Beyond, $24, shop now.

Pumpkin Neon Sign

Just in time for Halloween, this adorable pumpkin-shaped neon table lamp casts a subtle light in any bedroom, living room, or desk space. The LED is long-lasting, so you can have it on for the entirety of October with no worries, and it’s shatter-resistant, so don’t worry if your new decor accidentally falls off your desk once in a while. It’s super cute and the perfect way to bring the fall festivities home this season.

Amazon, $13.99, shop now.

peel-and-stick decor

If you love Halloween, complete your at-home display with this 15-piece kit of peel-off bat decals. You can stick them right on your wall, door, desk, or cabinet, and the easy, peel-off design is totally harmless, so your RA won’t charge you for damages at the end of the semester! The pack includes a mix of small, medium, and large bats so you can spice up your wall decor the minute October rolls around (or earlier — we won’t judge). 

Bed Bath & Beyond, $6, shop now.

cozy fleece blanket

Feeling a little chilly? Cozy up with this adorable fleece blanket while sipping on your hot cocoa. Inspired by the autumn leaves you know and love, this blanket is the perfect thing to have on your bunk bed or couch when you’re ready to cuddle up after a long day of classes. The fall-themed print is also perfect for adding a festive pop of color to any dreary space — because we all know campus doesn’t always have your aesthetic in mind!

Target, $19.99, shop now.

Pumpkin-Shaped Mug

If you can’t get enough pumpkin items this season, check out this cute pumpkin-shaped mug from Anthropologie. Not only is it perfect for sipping a PSL or spiced chai, but it can add a bit of charm to any dorm room — use it as a pencil holder, mini vase, or as crafty decor on your desk. The glazed stoneware material makes the mug dishwasher and microwave safe, and it’s a subtle, yet festive way to celebrate the season.

Anthropologie, $14, shop now.

light-up doormat

Get in the fall spirit with this ghost-themed light-up doormat! It makes the perfect accent for any entryway, whether you’re living in a dorm this semester or off-campus housing. The orange and white colors are super fun and festive, plus, the mat lights up when someone walks in! Plus, it’s made of 100% natural, eco-friendly material that absorbs moisture and traps dirt, so people won’t bring their Halloween party adventures in with their shoes.

Pottery Barn, $39, shop now.


If you’re ready to get in the fall spirit, grab these fall-themed decor items and start spicing up your space. From sipping coffee out of your pumpkin mug to relaxing in bed with your favorite autumn candle, don’t be surprised if your roomies start asking where they can hit “add to cart.” 

  Nishka Dhawan is an NYU alumnus. She graduated with a double major in Psychology and Journalism and has been a freelance writer and blogger ever since. She's written for CNN Underscored, Mogul, and most recently started working as a tech writer for Digital Trends. When she's not writing you can find her nestling in with a good book while listening to her favorite tunes. Reach out to her at [email protected] to share your controversial opinions and stories.         
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