1. Hang up Art
Mix and match your favorite art prints to add colorful happiness to dreary dorm walls and make the space feel more like a home. Start with a map print of one of your favorite places and pair it with something bright like flowers or a whimsically painted animal print. While you'll probably throw away a poster at the end of the year, art is an investment you will keep forever.
2. Fill a bulletin board with happy things
Keep all your favorite photos and notecards displayed on a bulletin board. Greeting cards (which start at $4.50) are a budget friendly way to add pops of color to your space. Plus, they're a great thing to keep on hand to gift to a friend!
3. Keep colorful coffee mugs on displayMornings are brighter with a favorite coffee mug (especially if you have a class before 9AM). Get one for you and a one for your roommate; they'll make the entire space look brighter too.
Bookshelf Mug | Photo via @Whereshesreading