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Dormify Team

3 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Walls—Without Damage

When you don’t have a ton of space, an obvious answer for giving your decor some personality is to go to the walls. See ya, boring blank walls—hello, instant style! Making your walls a canvas for creative expression is the easiest way to bring a fresh vibe to your room.

But if you’re wondering “how can I decorate my walls without damaging them?”, you’re in the right place. There are tons of ways to hang wall art that doesn’t include damaging your walls. From removable wall decals to peel and stick wall art, we have all the damage-free wall decor options right here in this post. 

Stick It

Removable peel-and-stick vinyl wallpaper is the quickest way to make a major statement in your space—and it comes down without a hitch at the end of the year. Plus, there are tons of designs, so you can choose one that really speaks to you. Love the Y2K revival? Try lavender zebra print or groovy mushrooms. Looking for a more subdued look? Consider soothing watercolors, faux grasscloth, or even a solid hue. There’s a look for every aesthetic.

wall decal with lights for dorm rooms

If you’re not into the full-wall approach that comes with wallpaper, try stick-on decals, which you can do in a smaller pattern (or stick all over the place, if that’s your vibe). Fake an architectural detail with a colorful arch, or plaster your walls with photos of your friends using stick-on Polaroid-style frame decals. There are even 3D mirrored butterfly decals to give your space texture and an otherworldly vibe. 

Bright Lights, Big Style

Add some ambiance and glow to your space with strands of string lights, multi-color strip lights, or these very aesthetic ivy lights. Each is pretty lightweight, so they can easily be hung on walls with removable hooks (such as Command adhesive hooks). These lights can make a big impact in your space, whether you use them to line windows or doors, drape them on a wall like a garland, or create a design on your wall.

cottagecore room with removable wallpaper and string lights

Hang It Up

Framed prints and posters aren’t the only option when it comes to adding art to your walls. Patterned tapestries can make a big impact with low effort, and as long as you choose a relatively lightweight fabric—like these smiley face or dark floral options—you can hang them with Command hooks or push pins.

If you aren’t a tapestry girlie, try a boho macrame wall hanging. Most are light enough to hang using adhesive hooks. You can even find damage-free wall shelves that can be hung using removable adhesive strips—just don’t put anything heavy on them! 


Ready for even more dorm decor tips? Check out our gallery of curated rooms for tons of inspo, then head to Instagram and TikTok for more.