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How to Decorate the Classroom of Your Dreams in 2021

If you are looking for tips and ideas for how to decorate the classroom, then you found the right place! This post includes lots of classroom decorating ideas and tips that will help you decorate your learning environment and create the classroom of your dreams. Learn all about how to decorate the classroom below!

This blog post will answer the following questions:

  • What is the best (and easiest) way to decorate my classroom?
  • How do I decorate my small classroom?
  • How do I decorate my room for special events?
female teacher thinking about classroom decoration items like a pen cup holder and potted plant

The Best Way to Decorate a Classroom

Here is the best (and easiest) system for how to decorate the classroom:

Phase One: Plan

  1. Browse the list of classroom themes and classroom color schemes, pick one or two, and purchase it or them or join the Elementary Classroom Decor Collection, which includes all of the themes and color schemes.
  2. Download and look through all of the materials included in the themes and/or color schemes you purchased.
  3. Sketch out a plan for your room either on paper or map it out on your computer. Consider getting inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest for your bulletin boards. Also, get tips and ideas for how to decorate a classroom bulletin board.
  4. Make a list of items and supplies you need. An example of an item you may want are plastic baskets for your classroom library that go with your color scheme. Some examples of supplies you will need are a pair of scissors, stapler, hot glue gun, and painters tape. 
a collage of elementary classroom decor resources

Phase Two: Prep

  1. Gather the items and supplies you already own.
  2. Print and prep the resources you purchased from the Elementary Classroom Decor Collection or the individual themes. 
  3. Purchase or borrow the items and supplies you don’t already have.

Phase Three: Decorate

  1. Decorate your walls, including your bulletin boards. 
  2. Place the decorative items you gathered around the room and add accents like paper lanterns and paper fans.
  3. Decorate the classroom door and the wall or bulletin board outside of your room. Learn more about how to decorate a classroom door.
small white tables and chairs in a classroom

5 Tips for How to Decorate a Small Classroom

Here are 5 tips for how to decorate a very small classroom:

  1. Declutter your space. This will help make your space feel larger.
  2. Remove extra and oversized furniture. This will help you make the most of your space.
  3. Use smaller furniture.
  4. Maximize your wall space by extending your bulletin board paper or colorful bedsheets from the ceiling to the floor. Be sure to reference the fire codes before doing this.
  5. Choose a classroom theme or color scheme to create a cohesive learning environment.
St. Patrick's Day hallway wall display and December classroom wall display

5 Tips for How to Decorate a Classroom for Special Events

Some teachers love to decorate their classrooms for special events in their room like a class party for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. You can also decorate your room for your fall open house, when students return for the new year, and monthly celebrations like Black History Month. Here are 5 tips for decorating for these special events:

  • You don’t need to transform your whole classroom (but you totally can). You could simply decorate your hallway bulletin board or your class door.
  • Collaborate with your team and room parents. It’s super helpful (and a lot more fun) to come up with ideas with others.
thanksgiving wall display and spring bulletin board
  • Use a neutral color palette (like black, brown, grey, or navy blue) when you set up your room for back to school. It will make it easy to throw in an accent color (like red for Valentine’s Day) while maintaining a beautiful, cohesive space.
  • Use colorful bed sheets for your bulletin board background. Bulletin board paper tears easily when you are constantly putting up and removing items on it.
  • Purchase the Elementary Classroom Decor Collection so you have access to tons of resources that will help you transform your room.

Grab the Free Classroom Decor Guide!

We hope you found this information about how to decorate the classroom helpful. If you haven’t already, be sure to grab the free elementary classroom decor guide. It offers more classroom decorating tips that you may find helpful as you prepare for back to school.

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