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.

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