How to Add Splashes of Color to Your Bedding

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dorm room styles with splashes of color

You don’t have to be an HGTV design star to transform your dorm room or bedroom. In fact, all it takes is a little creativity and a good eye for color — especially for accent colors. Accent colors are the shades that pop out against neutrals. They brighten the room and help tell a story. To help you get started with building an accent palette, we’ve compiled our favorite accent color combinations we know you’ll love.

OCM Pink and Black bedding set

Hot Pink and Black

Almost every girl we know has rocked this combination at least once in their life. It’s fun, it’s flirty, and it’s oh-so-easy to do. The trick to upgrading this look from your high school bedroom to adulthood is not going with any crazy pattern combinations. Toss out the zebra print and say goodbye to damask. Solid black with flashes of hot pink is the way to go.

Fire Engine Red and Cream

There’s something about red that reminds us of our favorite beach towel. It’s bright and bold, and it has that little bit of fun that makes it a great bet for your linens. We especially love it in stripes and chevrons. By not going with white as the base, it’s a tad more muted and perfect for a sunny day or a warm night.

OCM Blue and White bedding sets

Vintage Blue and White

Do you remember your grandmother’s teacups? More than likely, they use a shade of blue we could only call “vintage.” It’s a pale sky blue that makes us instantly relaxed. When used in throw pillows or a fluffy blanket, it’s practically inviting the best sleep ever.

Grassy Green and Beige

Get your nature on with grassy green that sings. Green’s not a color that you see around much, especially in the bedroom. But we promise this color is a hit. Go more emerald in accent pillows for a luxe look. Use it in pillowcases or flat sheets and feel like you’re sleeping in a fresh field.

Rose Gold and Pink

We can’t have a post on accent colors without mentioning at least one metallic. Rose gold is the hot color of the year. And outside of your iPhone, it can certainly work in your diva-style bedroom. Go glittery with sequins like in an oversized pillow or add it to a bedside lamp. You’ll feel instantly more luxurious for it.

Burnt Orange and Purple

We’ve never been to India, but this color scheme puts us there. The pop of orange on purple is unexpected, and it takes careful attention to the right shades to work. You’ll want orange in smaller items like vases or desk accessories. Add orange silk sheets or a deeper orange toss blanket. Against the purple, it will surely make a statement.

OCM White and Yellow bedding sets

Sunny Yellow and White

Who doesn’t want to wake up with a smile on their face? A bright yellow room does just that! We love it when white is the only other color present. Think minimal. Then, add yellow in the big pieces — like a funky chair, a set of picture frames, or a lighting feature. This is a look you’ll love.

So there you have it! A list of a few of our favorite looks this year. Do you have another combo that you are looking to pull off or a favorite one from our list? Let us know!

Warm Hues and Evoking Emotions with Your Bed Linens

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Beautiful tonal bed sheets with laptop and coffee

Spring is in the air, the weather is warming up, and we’re beginning to dream of summer styles. When it comes to lightening up our room, the decor we focus on most starts right at the bed. Bed linens can be dramatic and bold or peaceful and serene. This spring and summer, we’re focusing in on the warm hues that are popping up everywhere we go. Here’s your guide on how to incorporate the top four colors of the season in your bedding style.

Sand Tan

Tan is probably not the color you think of when we say “warm hues.” But it’s a neutral you must know if you’re going to incorporate the rest of the colors in your bedding. Because so many of this year’s color schemes are beach based or Southern-inspired, tan fits in perfectly as a base. To find the right color, look for a tan that is more yellow than brown.

Canvas colored pillowcases with a faux textured detail will be all over stores this summer. They fit in with just about any other color or look you’ll go for, so be sure to grab one or two for your bed. You can also use canvas linens to create a romantic, Mediterranean canopy. Add string lights to the look, and you’ll feel as if you’re sleeping under the stars.

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Peachy Pinks

Peach is not everyone’s favorite shade on the color wheel, but the popularity of vintage has brought your Grandma’s lipstick color back to the front. Peach is an orange-leaning pink that resembles, well, the inside of the fruit. It’s a happy, go-lucky color that is an instant pick-up to look at without being too juvenile.

Fitting in peach can be tricky. Too much of it and your room can feel claustrophobic. Too little of it and it fades into the background. We recommend using peach in a medium-sized bed item that may not get much day-to-day use. For example, find a fuzzy peach toned throw blanket for the bottom of your bed or hang a peach-colored bedside organizer. You can even hide it in your flat sheets for an instant burst of happiness when you pull back your covers.

Hot Pinks

Forget “Millennial Pink.” This summer is all about the bright, in-your-face pinks that make you feel as if you’re about to burst out of your dorm and onto the best beach party ever. Hot pink is your go-to look if you’re vibrant and joyful or if you want bedding that is the focal point of your whole room.

To make it work, hot pink needs to be leveled out with a cold or neutral hue. More frequently, we see it paired with gold and bronze. And the color cannot be missed when it’s featured in polka dots on a white backdrop. Whether you paint your bed in a hot pink comforter or go demure with throw pillows or quilts, you won’t be regretting this color choice.

Pink bed sheets in a dorm room

Sunny Yellows

If you’re going for a beach party vibe but not feeling pink, there’s an alternative as cheery but slightly less daring: striking yellow! We’re not talking the water downed lemonade version. When we’re picking yellows this year, it’s the kind that reminds you of your brand new highlighter or a beach towel from your childhood. It should be the kind that jumps right off of your bed.

Like the peach, too much vivid yellow can go south fast. Instead, mix match it on a dark tone. Black works well, but you run the risk of the bumblebee pattern if you don’t throw in some white as well. Yellow also pairs well with an equally popping green in items like accent pillows or thin quilts. It may look cartoonish, but that’s what you want when you pick warm, bedroom hues that are made to lighten up everything they touch!

Universally Stylish Linens

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When you’re in college, life can go by in a blur. With all the hustle you’re going to put in, the last thing that you want to do is worry about if your sheets match or if your bedspread is coordinated with your comforter. Instead of fretting over what’s in style or panicking that your room will never look cool enough, go neutral with color these bedding color schemes perfect for those who want basic — not boring.

Modern Minimalism

For all of us non-decor savvy folks, we’re in luck. This season, minimalism is totally in. The whole “less is more” means no dramatic colors, no clutter, no weird pattern coordinates. Instead, minimalism favors white. If you do add color, go with a throw pillow or blanket in gray or tan. It may sound boring, but it’s a look that looks and feels crisp and modern.

Stylish bedroom with blue hues

Earthy-Neutrals

One step up from minimalism is earth-centered color schemes. Think of the ground, sand, and sea when selecting linens. Every color is muted, but because nothing pops out, it’s easy to coordinate and interchange. Some key colors are sandy tans, rusty browns, hunter or grassy greens, and pale blue.

Vintage Calm

Take a deep breath and relax with a color combo that emphasizes relaxation and simplicity. French blues (a blue that’s a few shades deeper than a traditional sky blue) on white is classic and classy. If you want to modernize it, pick out jersey-type linen in blue and pair it with a softer white blanket or pillow. The mix of textures adds a bonus look to the scheme.

OCM bedding with touches of jewel tones

Touches of Jewel Tones

Some like it hot — hot pink that is! For those who want to keep it interesting and lively, selecting a more modern, simplistic color combo is just not going to get the job done. But instead of going elaborate and making a mess out of your coordinating linens, grab a neutral shade of either black or white. On top of that, add small items to your favorite jewel tone. For instance, we’re digging pastel pink of white or turquoise on black. Have fun and play around!

Royally Goth

Speaking of black, it never goes out of fashion. You can mix black with almost any color, but where it rocks is when it’s matched carefully with its polar opposite — white. Black with white accents (such as black comforters with white lining or black pillowcases with white piping) gives a bed a regal look. It’s a rockstar look at its finest, and you can always layer on a pattern like damask or chevrons to spice it up.

Ocean Inspired

A beach themed bed can be tricky to pull off. It’s a color combo that can go wrong real fast. The trick is to, again, go neutral as your base. White or tan is key for fitted sheets or pillowcases. On top of that, go ahead and layer on the blues. Don’t worry if they’re not exact matches. In fact, go with blues that are far away from one another on the scheme. A light seafoam bed skirt looks great when paired up with a royal blue quilt. Throw in gold or silver touches, and you’ve got a bed to drift away on.

 

Do you like to keep your bed linens a bit more muted? Or do you go all out with splashes of color? These are some of our favorite universally stylish bedding themes. Let us know your favorite looks!

Christmas Decorations for Your Dorm Room

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Seasons greetings! The holidays are almost here, and we are so excited! And sure, we’ve got our minds on vacay, but we’re also dreaming of all the fun ways we celebrate. One of our favorites is decorating. That’s right — just because you live in a tiny dorm room doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spirit. Here are 8 ideas to make your dorm room festive and bright.

Twinkling Lights

The easiest way to give your dorm room a makeover is to change up the lighting. Grab a few strands of Christmas lights and go nuts! Line the ceilings! Make a cool ceiling display above your bed. They’re so inexpensive and easy to find that you can do just about anything with your favorite lights!  

Mini Trees

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree! Grab a mini-sized one from your favorite store and add on tiny ornaments. If you’re more of a DIY-er or want a fun party game, you can cut out a large-sized tree and ornaments using felt fabric. Play pin the star on the tree or make ornaments featuring the faces of your friends.

Door Decor

If your residence hall encourages you to customize your dorm door, this is your time to shine! Grab some rolls of wrapping paper and gift wrap it up. Add stockings full of treats for your neighbors or make a chalkboard snowman for friends to write messages on.

Fake Fireplace

You can’t beat a decoration you just turn on! While you can’t have a space heater, mobile fireplace in your dorm room, you can bring in the ambiance by turning your TV into a cozy hearth. Netflix and Youtube offer countless different versions of hours-long fireplace videos complete with soundtracks and carols — perfect for parties or long nights studying.

Snow on the Windows

If you’re a transplant from colder climates or you love the look of snow in the winter, you can make your own using snow spray or frosted aerosol that wipes clean when you’re done. It gives the room a cool, chilly glow, even if it’s still in the 70s or even 80s outside.

Nothing rings in the holiday season like the smell of pinecones

Smelling Like the Season

You can’t talk about the season without discussing all the awesome smells that make you think of holidays at home. From cookies to cinnamon, everyone’s got their favorite holiday scent. Bring in a few flameless candles or use a wax warmer to bring in that homey vibe.

Custom Wreaths

Wreaths are an easy way to decorate your room while also allowing you to show off your personality and creativity. Purchase a base wreath from a crafting store and then use a glue gun to add tinsel, ornaments, pictures, wooden monograms, ribbon, etc. It’s your look, so make it reflect who you are!

Christmas wreath decorations

Burst of Christmas Color

When we think of Christmas, we think of red, green, and white. You can add these pops to a dorm room with throw pillows, area rugs, window hangings, and wall decor. You can also add jewel tones like silver and gold with ribbon wreaths, desk accessories, and lighting. Visit Pinterest for even more color-based inspiration!

Finals can take their toll on your holiday spirits. Ensure that you enjoy some holiday activities and keep the spirit alive by decorating your dorm room. You can keep it within a budget and have the best room in your hall!

How to Turn Your Dorm Room into a Cozy and Healthy Environment

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Dorm rooms are not exactly the epitomes of health, tidiness, and cleanliness. In fact, those that cause the envy of the whole floor are few and far between. This is quite surprising considering that with a bit of effort, as well as an investment of time and money, it is possible to make the dorm room look much more inviting and comfortable. Thus, it is time to take action and get into the art of personalizing, decorating, cleaning and reorganizing your student home.

Setting the stage

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The first thing you should do is face clutter, the bane of organized and stress-free living. The best way to go about this is to employ smart storage solutions. Instead of a clunky wardrobe (not such a great space saver, is it?), opt for floating shelves. Apart from buying them, you can make your own DIY shelves by using books, nails and ropes. Likewise, try to repurpose mundane household objects such as plastic crates and shoe boxes for extra storage space.

Next, personalize the space with items that hold meaning and evoke fond memories. Bring color, texture, and life to your small interior world. Photo collages are a nice and simple solution for sprucing up blank walls or sides of furniture and filling the room with positive emotions. Similarly, you can use DIY canvas wall art, hanging accessories, index card quotes, picture frame wall decals, and other creative décor pieces.

Just do not go overboard because visual clutter is not what you need in your immediate surroundings. Instead, make every décor piece count and inject warmth and coziness with soft and fuzzy materials. Mix throw pillows, blankets, and other textures to pull off an instant change of atmosphere. Your living environment has a profound impact on your psyche and body, and my guess is that you want to live in an abode that makes you feel good and invigorated.

In a new light

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Pay special attention to lighting, as it infuses the space with both character and functionality. Ideally, you should have multiple lighting sources, not just an overhead one. Think outside the box: in case you simply can’t afford a chandelier, why not create one yourself with a hula hoop and string lights? Aside from artificial fittings, try to maximize natural blessings, the sunlight and fresh air (and finally get rid of those thick curtains).

Furthermore, invite more natural presence inside by placing houseplants wherever you can. They act as natural air purifiers that also double as soothing décor pieces. Their addition is paramount because the indoor air pollution tends to be much worse than the one outside. For some extra flair, make DIY hanging tube vases for flowers and if you want to indulge your other senses, consider essential oil diffusers.

Interior wardens of health

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To further promote good health, avoid cleaning and household products that contain toxic chemicals, lead, and pesticides. Get the dust under control to deal with tiny menaces that exist in it, such as bacteria. Ditch wall-to-wall carpets in favor of wood, cork and tile flooring, and 
utilize outdoor mats to keep dirt, debris, and grime at bay. Also, filter tap water to avoid contaminants and pollutants.

Finally, remember that your habits have a crucial role to play. They can either impede your efforts or aid you in combating mess, pollution, toxins, and clutter. Indeed, what good does the new flooring so if you vacuum only once in a blue moon? Along the similar lines, the mold is not going anywhere unless you declare an ongoing war on humidity. So, roll up your sleeves and commit to creating daily habits that promote wholesome and tidy living in the long term.

Design your dream space

Living in a dorm does not have to feel inferior to living at home. There are various reasons to embrace a proactive approach, most notably promoting your health and well-being. So, bring order to your home away from home without enlisting the services of your parents or breaking the bank. Get your creative juices flowing and use pops of color, personal items, DIY creations, plants and other tools. Witness the stunning transformation of your interior space and make a positive change in your life.

Turning Your Dorm Room into Your Home

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Being far from home can be intimidating. This is especially true when you’ve moved into a tiny, unfamiliar dorm room with a stranger for a roommate. However, with a few simple ideas, you can turn your cinder block residence hall into a home away from home. These tips will help you get started on creating a personal space you’ll love coming back to.

 

1. Take a Tip from Decorating Pros

Don’t you love walking into a home room and feeling instantly relaxed and at peace? It’s such a great feeling — one you can recreate easily in just about any space. The trick is to focus on light and luxurious. White comforters, sheets, towels, or hanging robe can seem so expensive and spa-like, but they are a great way to make your place feel more restful.

2. Use Your Old Home as a Color Pallette

You may not always love your mom’s style choices, but home is inevitably where your heart is. Ask a parent or sibling to take a couple of photos of your favorite room in the house. Use that photo on color pallette websites. They will take out the most dominant colors in the image and give you a color snapshot of what works in your old home. Then, go shopping! Bring your home color palette to select items like beddings, wall decor, rugs, and throw pillows.

3. Bring in Pictures and Frames

No one has the same photos and memories as you. So if a framed poster or canvas print simply won’t do, add photos of you and your sister at the beach or a photo of your old soccer team in action. Use vintage frames in bright or white colors to give it a more antique feel. And don’t be afraid to add even more artifacts like medals from your last 5K race or a piece of sheet music from your band concert.

4. Add Personal Touches

Like photos, it’s the little things that bring the most warmth and joy to the room. Add similar touches like that inspirational wall hanging your dad has in his office or a lucky wooden horse shoe that matches the one in your old bedroom. If you want something more unique that still ties in the space, go more subtle with a jewelry organizer in the shape of deer antlers that hang in your family’s den or a canvas or framed print of your favorite vacation spot.

5. Get Comfy

Home is where you lay your head, and no one wants a space that is uncomfortable or feels uninviting. Layer your base of blankets and bed pillows with throws that have personality but also purpose. This season, we’re loving anything flannel. It’s perfect for the woodsy, Americana type. If your ideal home is more zen-like, go with ombre teal blankets or black and white pillows spaced on top of a shared futon.

6. Show It Off

You probably have a ton of memories of your mom or dad throwing parties for holidays or celebrations. Why not throw your own welcome home party in your dorm room? Have friends bring a dish and lay out throw pillows to sit on as you share a meal together. Make it a regular get together and you’ll find some pride in your space in no time.

 

And if your space is getting praise, why not win some cash from it?! Enter in OCM’s Dorm Goals contest by sharing a picture of your new home. The top dorm space will win $1,000 in tuition credit!

 

Our 7 Favorite Dorm Pillows

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It’s time to kick back, relax, and get lazy with us! That’s right — we’re talking pillows. From essential bed pillows to accent pieces, pillows are one of the top items you should focus on when designing your dorm room. We’ve picked out our top seven favorite pillows to complete your dorm aesthetic (or pillow fort!).

 

1. Everyday Hustlin’

The Erin Andrews collection at OCM is on fire! We’re especially digging this subtle pillow reminder that after the college diploma comes to the good stuff — the payday! Pair up with more sequins or gold details for maximum money-making effect, and don’t forget about the inspirational wall decor, so you keep your eyes on the prize.

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Dollar Sign Sequin Pillow from OCM

2. Marbled Eloquence

Over the marble trend? Neither are we. We declare this is the year everything looks like it could be made into a statue — including pillows. Marble looks best when you match it with white or a color in the marble base (like tan or bronze). Keep it as the main focal point if you want the look to work.

 

3. Mermaid Colors

After marbled effects come this year’s hottest trend — mermaid sequins. Seriously, it’s everywhere, and you won’t want to miss out! Find colors that pop, like purple and blues. And if you can, find ones that have hidden messages or images under the first layer. Your guests will love playing with them! It’s the perfect throw for green or water-themed rooms that need an injection of color.

4. Celebrity Snark

Huge fan of Bill Murray? How about Bill Murray dressed in a 19th-century soldier’s uniform and recreated in an oil painting? These fine art celebrity pillows have us doing double takes! This is perfect for a room that needs a bit of humor thrown in there. Match with darker colors, solid fabrics, and more expensive looking decor to keep your friends guessing.

 

5. Truthful Pillows

You know when you’re alarm goes off, and you refuse to move a muscle? Yeah. Everyday. Erin Andrews (again) knows how to say it right with her “I Need a Minute” design. It’s perfect to snuggle with and to throw at your roommate when they’re noisily getting ready for class at 8 AM. And we especially love this simple throw pillow when added on a black and white motif.

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Erin Andrews Dorm Pillow

6. Work in Comfort

So bed-rest pillows may be bulky, but they are essential for all of you bed-workers who insist on doing their reading, studying, Facebooking in bed. Your back will thank you for it, and you’ll be more productive with it. Pick one that can be hidden under the bed or find one in a neutral color so that it blends in the background.

 

7. Color Your Own

If you’re into adult coloring books, you must have these color-your-own-pillowcases. You can add whatever color you want to them, and there are a ton of patterns to pick. It’s an awesome DIY to go with an already colorful room, but we especially love the idea of a crafty, eclectic look to go with this whimsical and fun pillowcase.

How to Style a Purple Dorm Room

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Reigning supreme in dorm room trends is the color purple! We have seen it everywhere lately, and we, quite honestly, can’t get enough of it. From pastel colors to deep royal shades, you can do a lot with this girly yet sophisticated color. Here are some tips on how to style a purple dorm room.

Pick a Specific Shade

Like its sister color pink, purple comes in many different shades, each evoking a different kind of mood or feel. Luckily, this means you’ve got a ton of options to work with!

Lilac or lavender purple is earthy, romantic, and soft. It pairs well with white, cream, tan, or beige and fits in perfectly with a Paris or earthy spring themed room. On the other hand, dark purples like eggplant, plum and royal are more for modern looks or as accent colors. Use them metallic, deep greens, and chocolate browns.

 

Know Your Ratios

Too much of a good thing is never ideal. This rule especially applies to purple, which can overwhelm your room if you go overboard.

For a more minimalist look, a good measurement to keep in mind when selecting your purple is the 80/20 rule of decorating. Twenty percent of your room’s colors should be in your brighter focal color while the other eighty should be in a neutral to offset it. While it doesn’t seem like it would be a lot, the twenty percent purple is highlighted and amplified by the rest.

You also want to be careful about matching purples with purples. A lot of the more boho, gypsy styles do it really well with a red-toned purple mixed with a royal, almost blue-purple. But, in most cases, purple on purple is a no-go unless you are really into the whole purposefully unmatched vibe.

Pick Your Purple Focal Points

Now comes the fun part — picking out your purple items! With the 80/20 rule in mind, select items that will either dominate or will serve as a pop of color. It’s always easier to start with the 20 percent versus the rest.

One great example of the pops of color is the Kiss Pleat White and Grape bedding and linen set. The white blanket is pulled back to reveal a vibrant, electric purple. It’s like transforming from laid back to party with just a fold over. For an even more modern look, try the Destin Dusty Purple set where there is more black and geometric shapes to bring attention to your bed.

If you want your purple to be more of a one item show, you’ve got loads of options! Drapes on your windows are usually one of the first things people notice about your dorm room besides your bed. There’s also purple shag rugs, large seating pillows, or even chairs and couch throws to pick from.

 

Find a Theme

Your final option is to pick a theme that incorporates purple. We have already talked about boho styles where purple is key in decor like tapestries, mandala paintings, and blankets. But you can also go the opposite direction and make it light and vintage with stark white and light, floral purple for the ultimate girly room.

Furthermore, a popular pick right now is to do it “royal style.” Add black damask with dark purple drapes hanging from the ceiling around your bed for a canopy. Keep your textiles silk or chenille for luxury. And play around with gold, silver, and bronze as your neutral base.

Just remember to keep it subtle. Purple’s a sophisticated color that deserves your attention to the details.

How to Avoid Sleeping on a Stiff, Old Dorm Bed

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While we may love living the #dormlife, we seriously hate dorm beds. After years and years of other people sleeping on them, you’re lucky if you find one mattress that’s even a bit comfortable. But we’re making a stand: NO MORE STIFF DORM BEDS EVER! Instead, we’re investing in our goodnight sleep by transforming our bed into the palace it should be. Here’s how.

5 Ways to Make Your Dorm Bed Comfier

1.   Build a Better Bed From the Bottom Up

Today, beds are more than just the mattress and a slipcover. If you’re going to get your required 7-8 hours of productive sleep, you’re going to need to create a bed that is both healthy and tailored to your body and sleep needs.

Support is a big part of this. Egg crate pads are an affordable option if you don’t have any previous backaches or pains to worry about. For more luxury or necessary support for those who need it, deluxe and ultimate gel memory foam give you exactly what you need.

 

2.   Pump Up the Pillows

We’re guilty of buying the cheapest pillow out there, but we’ve learned from that mistake. Pillows are what supports and cradles your neck. Too stiff and you’ll be in a load of pain. Too thin, and you won’t make it through the night.

Pillows come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important to understand how you sleep. Those who snooze on their sides need flexible material such as memory foam found in the Infinity Memorelle pillow. Back-sleepers and those with allergies will love the eco-friendly ClearFresh pillow. And those who sleep on their stomachs can cuddle up to the Plush Pillow.

 

3.   Snuggle Up Smartly

While it may be warm outside now, it’s important to find linens that are weatherproof and can make it through cold, drafty dorms and sweltering early summer days. Our favorite find is the extra-long thermal cotton blanket. It’s perfect for just about any location and the perfect bottom layer of any bed.

Fleece throws, especially vibrant color ones, are great for guests and lazy days spent in bed. They are lightweight, easy to clean, and stylish — a perfect combo for dorm dwellers.

 

4.   Protect it All

In addition to building the best bed ever, you’re going to want to keep it safe and sound. Accidents happen. Drinks are spilled, crumbs are left behind, and wear and tear is a thing. When you don’t have time or money to replace, give yourself insurance by purchasing extra help keeping bedding in the best shape ever.

Mattress protectors are a basic buy that helps you stay clear of that nasty old mattress and your sheets. Bug guards are for those who may worry about creepy crawlers and bed bugs taking over. Quilted mattress pads are great for keeping your support base away from elements like body sweat or debris. And, finally, pillow protectors are perfect for helping your pillows survive the year.

 

5.   Store It Away

Transitioning from winter to spring means saying goodbye to heavy comforters or heated blankets. If you can’t make a trip back home with your bedding, look for storage units that fit neatly under your bed. Out of sight, out of mind!

You’ll also need a place to keep your bedding until next year. Keep out the dust by placing your linens and bedding in hardcover storage cubes. For a more stylish option, you’ll want to check out the vintage trunks that can be kept in just about any storage unit or basement until it’s time to take them out for the next semester.

 

Dorm Decor: DIY Decorative Planter

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Countless assignments, maddening quizzes, and due dates rushing towards you faster than Barry Alan may make your dorm’s decor seem like the last of your priorities. But a well-designed space can actually help you deal with the stress of college life by increasing your productivity and giving you an environment that feels like home. Everyone knows the struggle with a tiny room and a tiny budget can be real, but mixing high’s and low’s can help you turn your dorm into a dreamy abode. Spend on things that you would be using for a long time, for example, bedding and storage options, and add a DIY here and there to really give that Pinterest-worthy look to your room.

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If you have a free couple of hours this weekend, DIY this decorative planter with just some paper and straws and give your dorm the facelift it deserves!

 Supplies

DIY Planter

  • Drawing sheet
  • Straws
  • Copper wire
  • Gold spray paint
  • Faux plant

How-to

Lay the drawing sheet flat on the floor and cut it using a paper knife to get the shape shown below. Tip: Drawing the shape with a pencil prior to cutting will help. 

DIY Planter

Fold the cut-out from the center and then open the fold to get a clean line that divides the shape into 2 halves. Place the cutout in a slightly folded position on some more paper, as shown, to determine the size of the paper needed to make the back of this planter. Once you’ve marked it, cut it using a paper knife.

DIY Planter

Now take the front part again and cut and fold it as shown in the picture. Glue the folded margins to the piece cut for the back.

DIY Planter

The cuts shown will help to fold the piece and align it with the back.

Tip: draw details with a gold sharpie for some added pizzazz!

DIY Planter

Now, spray paint your straws for the frame. Lay them flat on a piece of paper and apply light paint coats. Let the paint set before you turn the straws and spray the other side. Also, make sure the straws are not too close to one another so that the sides get painted too.

Measure the straws by aligning them with the planter sides and snipping the extra length. For the lower half of the frame, you’d need 5 straws; 3 for the vertical sides and the center, and 2 for the top.

DIY Planter

Cut 3 pieces of copper wire that are longer than the vertical straws (the 3 longer ones). Pass one wire through each straw and twist the ends together at one side to tie them.

           DIY Planter

Cut 2 more pieces of wire and pass them through the smaller straws for the top. Tie all the wires together as shown. (The paint chipped off at the ends while I was twisting the wires and I had to do some retouching.)

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The number of straws you need for the upper part of the frame depends on you. For a symmetrical look, go for the same length and number as the lower part — but if you want the upper part to be longer, feel free to add more straws.

Look 1 Attach the frame to a drawing board using thumbtacks. They come in a number of sizes and the smaller ones are quite affordable (this one cost me 200 rupees — roughly 2 dollars).

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Once you’ve secured the frame, add the planter to it. (Depending on the size of the planter and weight of the plant you’re using, you may have to secure it with thumbtacks too.)

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Look 2 Remove the frame and simply put up the planter on the board. This look let’s you skip the whole trouble of dealing with the wire and straws and adds a nice countryside flare to your decor.

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Look 3 Simply hang the whole thing with a hook from the wall and make sure you’ve secured the planter with some double-sided tape to hold it in place. You can vary the vertical height by altering the number of straws you use, like I did here.

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Have fun crafting!

Sahar