Dorm rooms, in their natural state, are pretty depressing. By necessity, they are devoid of any personality and color, and just waiting for you to add vitality to the walls. These ideas are doable, with the added benefit that they won't have your resident advisor coming down on your for a fire violation.
Above, you can either print these exact Instagram shots (for free!) from Poppytalk, or create your own tinted pics in Photoshop. Either way, it's colorful wall decor that's easy to hang.
There's no way a real plant will survive over school breaks, so make some of these bright paper cacti from The House That Lars Built. They would look so amazing on a window sill.
Wall decals have flooded the market, so poke around until you see a design or pattern you like.
Add some felt balls to an existing pillow for an extra layer of color.
Create a jewelry display right on your wall with Command hooks and some washi tape for good measure. Then, grab what you want to wear and go. In the meantime, it's a graphic spot of color for your wall.
Hang a rug or textile above your bed with some pipe, and display it on the wall using adhesive hooks. It's pretty easy with the linked tutorial from one of our readers.