A dorm room, especially at first, might seem like the antithesis of "home"- but adding things to bare walls is an easy way to instantly make a place feel like yours. You can always go for art prints, even unframed, for inexpensive decor, but here are some less-expected ideas for really good wall art under the $50 mark.
I love Nancy's (former) living room wall art, pictured above, which she DIYed by stretching Marimekko fabric over stretcher bars and stapling it in place. Check out the Marimekko sale page or find other, less expensive fabric that's you.
Speaking of textiles for cozying up your dorm room, consider hanging a rug for a little added warmth and personality.
For the cost of a book, some IKEA frames, and possibly some paper for matting, you can create a gallery wall on a theme, like I did with This is San Francisco above my desk at home.
So much more original than a band poster from the campus shop, this black and white statement piece is made of lyrics scripted in black paint on canvas.
"Frame" rotating inspiration pieces with washi tape, like in this gallery wall featured on Design*Sponge.
Another iteration of the rotating inspiration theme, these clipboards (which must be fast becoming "vintage") offer the stability of repetition while covering a large blank space cheaply and invitingly. There's so much possibility!