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6 Etsy Shops for One-of-a-Kind, Dorm-Friendly Art

by Valerie Rains

Jul 20, 2018

A room refresh is just a print away.

Colorful botanical print from Hej & Hello Creative
Photo by: Hej & Hello Creative

The start of every school year is a natural time for reinvention—whether or not you're personally sharpening your pencils in anticipation of another semester of study. And when it comes to decor—for a dorm room or otherwise—there's no quicker refresh route than hanging a great new piece of art. Here, we've rounded up six standout Etsy shops where a beautiful print from a bona fide artist (working in illustration, watercolor, or photography, to name a few) is wholly within even a strapped college student's reach.

Meraki Brooklyn

With their pale, dreamy palettes and consciously uncluttered compositions, photographer Katilin Rebesco's evocative travel snaps paint just enough of a picture to spark the imagination—without giving away the whole plot.

Amber Davenport

Manchester, UK illustrator Amber Davenport's pattern-rich prints of lush jungle landscapes and undersea scenes serve as a call to embrace adventure and explore uncharted territory.

Studio Hurley

San Francisco artist and illustrator Jorey Hurley had already won us over with her stylized, stripped-down slices of everyday life, and her newer abstract studies of stripes, orbs, and asymmetric shapes have only upped our admiration.

Hej & Hello Creative

Brighton, UK-based artist Lena Goodison makes minimalist, whimsical line drawings, still lifes, and portraits that are equal parts playful and sophisticated.

Little Valley Studio

With their soft washes of misty blue, sandy pink, and gray-green hues, Detroit graphic designer-turned-watercolor artist Basia Stryjecka's prints offer an instant dose of serenity—perfect for the straight-A student who turns into a stress machine come midterms.

Telegraph Paper Co.

Dinosaurs or butterflies, musical instruments or morse code: Minnesota illustrator Lindsay Anderson caters to an array of interests (or obsessions) with her colorful range of reinvented educational posters, rendered in her modern, youthful style.

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Valerie Rains

Valerie Rains is a senior editor at Etsy.