Dorm Decor Essentials For Your Style

Use dorm decor to make your dorm room a reflection of yourself

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Pssst…school is around the corner. If you haven’t started your back to school or back to dorm shopping, now is the time to get a jump on it! When planning out your first dorm room (or your fourth), it’s important that you make it a reflection of you and your unique style and vision. Here’s a helpful guide, along with some ideas, on how to make your dorm decor dreams a reality.

Your Style: California Boho

Hippy, festival-going college students don’t have to sacrifice style on the basics. Select bedding in earth tones and focus on add-on items that are full of color, light, and warmth. Even consider adding crystals, dream catchers, and water-inspired wall decor (such as turquoise blue picture frames of your friends at the beach).

What you need:

  • Tapestries
  • Faery Lights
  • Mandala Accents

Your Style: French Sophistication

Who needs outdated, drafty dorm rooms when you long to be in a castle somewhere in western Europe? If your style could be summed up as “Eiffel Tower Chic,” then you’ll want to focus on black as a base and add more vibrant tones like deep reds, pinks, or purples. You’ll also want to make sure your look isn’t too harsh by going with items that are comfy and cozy over too stylish.

What you need:

  • Damask Dorm Bedding
  • Wall Art Kit
  • Ottoman

Your Style: Ultra-Modern

Theme? Who needs a theme when you can implement a style that’s all about design and warm colors! This year’s hottest trend is keeping things simple and minimalist. Colors are centered on water, earth, and sky (light green, blue, and brown) with metallic colored accents. Storage is important, so be sure to pick up something that is out of sight and out of mind.

What you need:

  • Foil Printed Dorm Pillows
  • Geometric Area Rug
  • World Print Cork Board

Your Style: Vintage Americana

Oh say can you see… awesome dorm looks?! Bring your Fixer Upper style to your dorm room by shopping flea markets, repurposing your Grandma’s lamp, and adding accents that are straight out of a 1940’s shopping catalogue. Red, white, blue, and barn should be your motto. And your dorm should have a mix of wood, rusted metal, and DIY charm that makes it look more personalized and not too masculine.

What you need:

  • Flag Quilt
  • Vintage Travel Poster or Map
  • Weathered Wood College Wall Art

Your Style: Undecided or Uncommitted Dorm Decor

There’s no rule that says you have to stick with any one theme. When there are so many options out there, you can get creative, make your own rules, pick your own color schemes! We advise browsing through these categories to find what decor appeals to you. Once you’ve got the essentials, you can define the rest.

What you need to get started:

  • Statement Pillows
  • Throw Blankets
  • Wall Canvas
  • Mirrors
  • Accent Rugs

With the right decor and a polished look, you can turn a lame dorm room into your new home. However, if you’re in a time crunch, just get a Value Pak from OCM! Just pick the print, color or pattern that suits your style, and get 24 coordinated dorm products in one—from bedding to towels and more.

Whichever route you choose, be creative and don’t be afraid to experiment with your looks. From 1920’s modern to European glam, transforming your blank canvas is only a few clicks away.

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  1. Avatar Qasim Khilji says:

    Hi Jessica Herbine this is awesome. Although I lived in shared apartment with my international friends in Arizona. This post is really impressive on decoration. Keep it up.

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