10 Stylish Wall Decor Finds That Will Instantly Dress Up Your First Apartment or Dorm

published Aug 11, 2022
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Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or your dorm, there’s no denying that giving the space some personality makes it feel more like home. You’ll be surprised to find that no matter how much furniture you add to the room, it might still seem like something is missing if the walls are left bare. Fortunately, that’s an easy fix. When it comes to wall decor, you have plenty of options available. You could take on some simple DIY projects or get project inspiration from social media, but it doesn’t get much easier than browsing shops for decor that suits your preferred aesthetic. You can find an abundance of decor from tapestries and wall art to wall-mounted vases and funky mirrors at places like Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, and even Etsy. So much so that the possibilities might seem endless. Lucky for you, getting started on your search for wall decor is just a scroll away. Look below for some AT editor-favorite wall decor finds to elevate your space in an instant.

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was $22.99

This gorgeous and colorful tapestry features a retro-inspired sun and moon design at the center of astrological and floral motifs. The extravagant tapestry is machine washable and comes in four sizes from 36" x 48" to 70.8" x 90.6"; so you can pick the size that best fits the space where you'd like to place it.

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Urban Outfitters

These bestselling mirrors from Urban Outfitters are stylish, small space-friendly, and under $20. There are five mirrors in the collection ranging from $10-$18, depending on which style you choose. The mirrors are available in various shapes, including rectangular, square, and round.

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Who said bathroom storage had to be boring? Organizing your toilet paper rolls become a game with this Tic-Tac-Toe storage shelf that can be wall-mounted in your bathroom or wherever you please. It's made from reforested blue pine and can be ordered stained or unstained. The X pieces also come in multiple colors so you can pick the shade that best blends into your space seamlessly. And yes, it fits mega rolls!

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Love plants but running low on floor space? No worries, you can raise it to the wall! This handmade macrame plant holder can hold a single pot that's up to 5" high, though a base diameter of 3" is recommended for the best display. Shoppers can choose between a wooden dowel or a stick for hanging, and the rope can be ordered plain or with colored tips in pink, emerald, or yellow.

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Urban Outfitters
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Dress up your office, bedroom, or any blank space with this bestselling metal moon cycle banner from Urban Outfitters. The banner features a series of moon phases in gold and will bring a touch of subtle style to any room it's in.

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Take a trip back in time with this retro-inspired wall clock that's shaped like a pretty daisy. The clock is battery-operated and comes in two colors: White/Orange or Light Blue/White. It brings a whimsical feel to any space, whether it's propped up in your dorm or hanging in your kitchen.

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Urban Outfitters

Bring a touch of calm into your home or dorm with this Abstract Sunset Wall-Hanging. This wool tapestry shows a linear sunset that will add warmth to your room even in its depiction of a day winding down. It measures 34" x 7", and is topped with a wooden dowel and twine.

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This boho-inspired tapestry features a floral medallion design in intricate detail. Made from 100-percent polyester, it comes in three different color palettes and two sizes: The medium tapestry measures 59.1" x 59.1" and the large is 59.1" x 80", adding more length. It's also machine washable for convenient cleaning.

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Go big with macrame decor by choosing this wall-mounted headboard that will upgrade the look of your bed in a snap. If your bed frame doesn't have the hardware for a headboard installation, this is certainly the next best thing. However, you can also hang it in your hallway, office, bedroom, or living room if you're looking for an oversized piece of artwork to dress up the space.

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Urban Outfitters
was $99.00

This cresent moon-shaped wall shelf is the stuff of dreams, and not only for it's shape. It's a dual-purpose piece that's both fashionable and functional, featuring four small shelves for storing items. The shelf comes in two colors: brown and black.