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Help your college student decorate plain, stark and chipped dorm-room walls. Here are five no-fuss (and no-mess!) ideas to quickly transform their new home.

1) Reusable Wall Decals
Your teen will love getting creative with movable stickers that don't damage the walls. This DottiLicious set from WallCandy Arts includes 80 dots in various sizes and colors. The decorating possibilities are endless! $54

2) Prepasted Sure Strip™ Wallpaper
You don't need an adhesive to apply this wallpaper, and once the semester ends, just pull it off! The Pink Camo Roll from PBteen (Pottery Barn) has a pretty pattern that will brighten any room. $17.99 on sale

3) Collage Photo Frames
Personalize walls with pictures of family and friends. This Malden Aero Collage Frame from Linens-N-Things looks chic and reduces clutter. Now your kid doesn't have to make room on the bookshelf for all the photos of you.... $19.99
4) Tapestries
These decorative fabrics cover a large amount of wall space while adding color and texture. This machine-washable Ethnic Spice Burgundy Tapestry from Bed Bath & Beyond is affordable and stylish. $14.99
5) Reusable Wall Borders
To keep it simple, use self-adhesive strips to create a tasteful border around the room. Borders Unlimited's 12-foot borders from Amazon.com come in several great colors and are easy to cut and apply. $13.15


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I’m pretty sure most colleges wouldn’t allow you to do the wallpaper thing even though it is temporary. I used to be a resident advisor and we had to monitor what and how much was plastered all over our students walls. Only a certain percentage of the wall space could be covered. It was considered a fire hazard if you had all the walls plastered with stuff.

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