Whether you attend a college close to your hometown or on the other side of the country, it’s important to decorate your dorm room in a way that makes it feel like home. Although you have to consider your college’s dorm room guidelines (like not making holes in the wall) there are still many different ways you can decorate a dorm room on a budget. Check out these easy and affordable ways you can transform a dorm room into an Insta-worthy space.

Create a Photo Mural

Decorate your dorm room with memories of the people and the places that matter most to you with photos from your phone. Photo murals are a fun and inexpensive way to personalize a space and are a great remedy to bouts of homesickness. Instead of simply taping your photos on the wall, (which can damage the paint), or hanging framed photos, (which makes holes in the wall), create a photo mural by making custom stickers of your favorite pictures. Creating custom stickers of your photos is fun and easy. Try using an online sticker maker to upload your images and get creative with the printing process. You can make sure your special memories stick anywhere you want without worrying about ruining the paint on your dorm room walls.

Play Around With Plants

A touch of greenery adds natural beauty to any drab dorm room. Thankfully, you don’t need to have a green thumb to incorporate plants into your Insta-worthy interior design plans. While you always have the option of decorating with faux plants, there are many indoor plants that even the busiest college students can keep alive. Aloe, spider plants, succulents and cacti are easy to take care of and will elevate the appearance of any space.

Decorate With Peel-and-Stick Wall Decals

Since most colleges don’t let students paint or apply wallpaper in dorm rooms, take matters into your own hands and transform your dorm’s walls from boring to beautiful with peel-and-stick wall decals. Wall decals are a fun way to decorate your dorm with your favorite art, quotes, or logos, especially when the wall decals are easily removable and don’t leave any residue.

Keep Your Desk Organized

Although taking your laptop to a local coffee shop or your school library may be tempting, it’s important to have a dedicated area in your dorm room for getting school work done.

A messy desk can kill a carefully-cultivated design aesthetic, so keep your desk organized by keeping knick-knacks to a minimum, creating custom labels for physical copies of important files and straightening up your desk after every study session. Find the best desk caddy that works for you and remember to only keep your most-used office supplies on the top of your desk.

Incorporate Cozy Rugs

Dorm rooms are infamous for cold and uncomfortable floors. Luckily, it’s easy to find a variety of trendy rugs at an affordable price point to warm things up. Cozy rugs add texture, style and warmth to any space. Rugs can be used to define a specific area or focal point of your room, like your sleeping space, and can help pull the entire look and design of a room together.

Rugs don’t have to be used to exclusively decorate your floors, either. Layering faux sheep-skin rugs on your dorm room’s chairs or couches is a budget-friendly way to give your dorm a luxurious feel for less.