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.

6 Ways a Wall Tapestry Transforms Your Dorm Room

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We all know that dorm rooms can be pretty bland,  full of white or off-white space that isn’t much to look at. A boring space like that isn’t exactly inspiring, productive, or even homey. That’s why so many college students look for ways to make temporary focal points without having to paint or spend a ton of money on artwork. With a hanging tapestry, you can make your mark and transform your dorm space. Here’s how.

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  1. Adds a Burst of Color

One of the biggest trends in dorm décor this year is vibrant, multi-colored mandalas. Mandala patterns are based off of Indian religious designs meant to center the mind or bring in energy. When in deep, rich colors like red, purple, blue, and green you can make a tapestry like this a huge focal point. And best of all, it doesn’t require potentially damaging painting, nailing, or drilling of holes!

  1. Sets a Theme

With the mandala print, you can easily create a whimsical, meditative space that brings in that boho chic flair. But there are other large wall tapestries that can help you set a theme. For example, create your own chevron, houndstooth, or polka dot tapestry for a cool preppy theme. Bring in French refinement with chandelier or damask prints. You can also purchase a flag tapestry to show your pride for your country, state, or city. With so many options, you can find one that is right for your look.

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  1. Divides the Space

A thick tapestry can be an amazing way to divide space in your small dorm room. For example, use a brightly colored tapestry in place of your ugly or plain closet door. If you bunk your beds, hang the tapestry from the bottom bunk or ceiling to designate which beds belong to who. You can even create a curtain divider between you and your roommate’s space if need be.

  1. Creates a Canopy

One of our favorite ways to use a tapestry is to hang from the ceiling so that it creates a shelter over a bunked bed. When hanging, let the fabric dip a bit in the middle for a wave feel. You can even add pins to add dimension to the feel you’re going for. If you’re able, string fairy lights underneath a thinner fabric for a gorgeous and soft lighting feature everyone in your residence hall will be jealous of.

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  1. Hides the Unwanted

Don’t stop at hiding a closet door! You can use a tapestry to cover large storage bins or even a ugly dorm dresser. Simply use fabric scissors to make holes in the tapestry similar to a shower curtain. Using shower curtain hooks, string on a line and hook to the sides of the item you’re hiding (or install a removable curtain rod). It’s an instant cover up that’s fashionable and functional!

  1. Brings in the Outdoors

Another tapestry trend we are loving are the oversized tapestries that depict a nature scene. College students are scooping up tapestries with pictures of forests, oceans, and night skies. They love them because they are a fantastic way to give a dorm room a peaceful, nature-centered space. Add a few dorm-friendly plants, brown and green accent pieces, and a great seating piece and you’ve got a room that will let you enjoy the elements from the comfort of your dorm room.

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Holiday Savings Guide

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The holidays are upon us, and that can only mean one big thing. Okay, well two. The first is of course celebrating with family and friends over delicious food. The second? SAVINGS. Black Friday is the day where shopaholics everywhere unite to score deals on their favorite items and check off those holiday shopping lists. Then there’s Cyber Monday, which gives our stay-at-home shoppers the opportunity to leverage amazing sales without ever leaving their house.

If you’re in the market to stock up and save this holiday season, you’ll thoroughly enjoy our gift to you: 20% off on popular OCM items and bedding essentials with code HOLIDAYSAVE20. Don’t know where to start? Here’s all the amazing things you can snag at a discount on OCM.com until December 2nd.

1) Bedding Value Paks: Looking to refresh your linens and give your room a makeover? Now is the perfect chance to stock up on any of our Bedding Value Paks. They make great gifts, too. There’s nothing that says ‘Happy Holidays’ like a brand new bed-in-a-bag wrapped and snuggled nicely under the tree. A bag of bedding goes a long way, and they’re guaranteed to last by OCM. Recently reduced, Value Paks on OCM have recently seen a drop in prices from the summer season, giving you EXTRA savings when used in addition to the promo code. Go ahead, complete that room.
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2) Storage & Organization Solutions: Now that the cold winter months have arrived, it’s time to clear out the closet of any summer and spring clothes and bring out the heavier fabrics. This could lead to a stuffy closet if you don’t have the proper means of storing and organizing. You can save big on student favorite storage items such as over the door shoe hangers, under the bed storage containers, double-sided laundry baskets, and more. Don’t forget to check out the Rhino Armor trunks, too! They’re super durable and multi-functional — they’re the perfect size for carrying all of your new holiday gifts back to
campus!
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Don’t forget to also look at all of the appliances and kitchenware. Now’s the time to snag that Keurig you’ve always wanted!

3) Decor – Oh the possibilities. Decor pieces are really what makes a room unique and put together. The small and thoughtful touches of certain pictures, carpets, decals and more help make a room YOUR room. Stock up on all of your favorite wall decals and sparkly shag area rugs. A bright shag rug really ties the room together and adds a pop of color to any space. If you’re looking to make your room unique and special, browse through the selection of decorative pillows that come in a variety of textures and colors. This year’s favorite picks? The sparkly owl pillows!

4) Care Packages – Sometimes you can’t always be there in person to send your best wishes. In that case, OCM’s Care Packages are a perfect mix of fun and delicious, all in the same box. You can pick from a variety of themes, including Final Exams, Birthday, and more! Don’t forget to pick a festive card right before checkout. You can even upload your own photo! While you’re at it, snag a Care Package for yourself, too. There’s too much deliciousness to pass up at such a great price!

5) Diploma Frames – There’s nothing more special than a gift from a loved one that helps you showcase all of your hard work. Don’t worry about searching everywhere for the perfect gift for the recent grad in your life. OCM’s large selection of school specific and generic college diploma frames are beautiful, timeless, and hand crafted. Available in a variety of sizes, prints, and colors, these frames are the perfect keepsake. For each school you will find watercolor, photo and generic frames to surprise your loved one with. Good luck picking! Don’t forget to use the HOLIDAY20* promo code for a discount before December 2nd!

*Exclusions apply. Promo Code valid only on products sold and fulfilled by Our Campus Market. Excludes Northwest Group, Greek Gear, Art.com, Yogibo, Bake Me A Wish, Gourmet Gift Baskets, and FTD. Cannot be applied to past orders. Other exclusions may apply. Expires at 12 am Tuesday December 2, 2014.