How To Bring a Dull Dorm Room to Life With Plants

July 30, 2018 by

With college dorm move-in day around the corner, it’s time to think about how to personalize this space. Maybe you’ve already snagged colorful bedding, a rug, and some colorful wall decor. Now bring your dull dorm room to life with potted plants and some of these über cool indoor garden pieces.

A potted plant or two will go a long way to turning a boring dorm room into a cool nest.  Multi-functional planters are perfect for small spaces, like this lamp that doubles as a planter, above. Buy here.

The bonus: plants are natural air fresheners so bringing nature indoors is good for your health.

Even in small dorm rooms, there’s always a place for a planter–on top of a dresser or desk, on a wall, or hanging from the ceiling like this shelf garden, above. Buy here.

For busy or forgetful students, the self-watering elephant container, above, makes maintenance a cinch. Buy here.

The levitating planter, above, makes an interesting conversation piece, especially for physics students. Buy here.

These clever planter pot bookends do double duty. (Don’t water the plants right next to the books…) Buy here.

As a dachshund lover, I’m longing for this white ceramic doxie planter. Buy here.

…and this gold dachshund is very well-behaved, and at just 5 inches wide, he doesn’t take up much space. Buy here.

Even if you don’t like your roommate, you will love living with these face planters. The tall one on left (buy here) is friendly, the other very studious. Buy here.

It’s a blend of style and function with this glazed terra cotta pot and stand that even has a bowl to catch draining water. Buy here.

This mid-century style wall planter features a looped orange metal silhouette and includes a terra cotta pot for your favorite plant. Buy here.

Charge your phone in a desktop garden. This concrete double planter is your personal smartphone valet. Buy here.

This combo concrete planter and LED lamp uses a USB charger (plant not Included.) Buy here.

Go whole log for this faux birch wood log planter that poses as the real thing. Buy here.

Two tiers are better than one. This powder coated iron double tiered plant stand really stacks up and also includes two perfectly sized pots. Buy here.

Bring some industrial style into the room with this hanging galvanized metal planter. It includes a drainage hole with a rubber plug and a chain for hanging with an S-hook. Buy here.

Over water no more. The top shelf of this planter is perforated to allow for a gentle, even flow of water, while the simple drain system below keeps water from collecting around the roots, allowing them to aerate. Buy here.


This handmade glass mini greenhouse has two parts: the bottom is for the soil and the top has a small spout for watering the plant. Buy here.

Hang several of these four pot vertical rope planters with easy-care succulents to create an entire vertical garden wall. Buy here.

Choose to place this bent metal planter holder and ceramic pot on a tabletop or mount it on a wall. Buy here.

There are planters with integrated lights, and then there are beautifully designed planters with integrated lights. With this soil-free indoor smart garden, you can grow herbs to add to some late night healthy snacks. The smart garden practically runs by itself–you just add water, nutrients, and place your choice of included plant capsules into special plant tray. Buy here.

This set of three mini white ceramic and rope succulent planters will hang out with you and your friends. Buy here.

Go retro with this set of three pink cotton macrame hanging planters. Buy here.

Want to maintain your plants remotely? Check out some of these cool green gadgets.


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