How to Add Splashes of Color to Your Bedding

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

Bright & Bold Dorm Room Style

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Bland is so not us. We want a room that screams fun and festive! Our space should be totally and unapologetically our taste. Bright and bold dorm room styles is what we’re after, and we’re not going to compromise with bland, boring neutrals. If you’re the type of student who’s looking to make a splash with your bedroom, here are a few must-haves to make the look.

 

Black or White Base

Black and white is totally boring if that’s all you use. But all bold looks need contrast to stand out against something. By using black or white as the base, you can make your bold look even starker. White, while less eye-catching, is feminine and easy to dress up. Black is more in-your-face, but it can be harder to pair with.

To get a base, pick one large object you want to focus on. One idea is to have a white comforter or a black rug. These are great to accessorize with and then add-on colors in the next step. One great way to do this is to select an OCM Value Pak in a black or white that has colorful accents, such as the Black Lattice with Aqua set.

 

 

Selecting a Theme or Scheme

Bright and bold can be interpreted differently depending on your personal style. Some love the look of neon while others think bright like the hippy-centric tie-dye, and there’s a big push for highlighter colors like hot pink and grassy green. Whatever your look, having a theme in mind will help you decide your pieces.

If you’re unsure on color combos, head to a paint store and mix and match color cards. Carry these around as you shop at the store. You can also find an inspiration picture and then use a color selector to help you make your own online version!

Finding Your Essential Pieces

Once you know what you’re looking for, you can do the fun step… shop! Some of our favorite bold pieces are room staples like bedding, lamps, chairs, and storage units. These are pieces that you must have anyways, so why not make them funky or daring?

Some of our favorite finds include orange polka dot pouf seating, yellow striped laundry bags, neon pink storage trunks, and royal purple trash cans. Don’t forget linens either! Towels, bath mats, and even curtains can all be in funkier shades than the standard white or tan. And they look great stored in your closet.

Decorate Till You’re Colored Out

Now that the basics are done, you’re ready to unleash the rainbow in your dorm room. As you decorate, find items that bring you joy and give you energy. That’s what color is all about, after all!

This year, we are digging the Phylls Flamingo and Patty Palm Tree throw pillows paired with a Chenille ribbed rug in fuschia. There’s also the vibrant blue “Namastay in Bed” canvas that can be matched with the colored frame art kit or an icicles chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

 

However you decide to incorporate color in your dorm room, don’t be afraid to go bright and bold! It’ll make your room feel more like a home and help your style stand out loud and proud.

How to Achieve Glamorous Dorm Room Style

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Glam and dorms don’t easily go together. Plain cinder block walls and ugly tiled floors are just about as opposite as you can get to fancy and flashy. But if you’ve got a classy and sophisticated taste that you’re not ready to sacrifice for dorm life, we’ve got some tips that will work for you.

 

Go With a Black Base

The essential color for the glam look is, hands down, black. It’s timeless, easy to coordinate, and stands out against other neutral and metallic accents. The best place to have the majority of your black is within your bedding. Damask sheet sets are a great pick for patterns and fit in with plain black or white long-size comforters.

 

Black area rugs also work for that big impact look. It serves a double purpose of keeping the space warm (both literally and design-wise) and being a piece to tie everything in. If you go with a patterned rug, keep the rest of your room simple.

 

Add a Texture

What sells glam is the feeling of luxury. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your room look like it’s out of a celebrity’s home. Instead, focus on pulling in one, essential texture — fuzzy soft.

Fake fur throw blankets are a cool way to make your room look like a palace. While it’s tempting to go with white, try a color instead. It will look great draped over the back of a couch or up against a chair. We guarantee your guests will be drawn to it.

 

Get Glittery

No article on glam bedrooms is complete without talking about glitter! It’s the hallmark of the style and it cannot be forgotten when picking out your decor. Think small so you will not overwhelm your space, but pick pieces that are sassy and a little bit wild.

 

The first idea is to find an accent pillow with glitter incorporated. Erin Andrews’ collection has a very cool Dollar Sign Sequin pillow that cannot be missed. Mix it up with the Eat Sleep Contour pillow for extra sparkle.

 

Glamorize Your Walls

Your walls are what is going to need your style touch the most so here’s where you can get creative. Canvas black and white pictures of vintage Paris is an easy idea if you’re looking for a feel that is more antique glam. If you want more rock star glam, go with message posters that show your attitude. We’re big fans of the Glam Eyes canvas.

 

Other wall decor ideas include metallic colored clocks in art deco style, black damask oval mirrors, hanging metal jewelry organizers, and LED bulb string lights. The key is to find items that have a modern look with a vintage inspiration. If it appears like it could have been used by your grandmother but is still cool enough for you, then you’ve found the right pick.

 

With all these dorm decoration options and ideas, glam can find its place in your dorm room. Be brave, be bold, and think big with your look, and you can’t go wrong.

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.

Minimalist? You’ll Love These Subtle Dorm Room Touches

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Minimalism is the practice of only living with the things you value the most. This means paring down your closet to a single signature style, keeping non-functioning items out, and focusing on quality over quality.

But many minimalists take it to the next level by keeping their spaces earth-centered with lots of organic products, white linens, and neutral decor. While it’s not for everyone, it’s definitely possible to integrate the less-is-more look into your dorm room. These small touches can help you transform your decor from overcrowded to minimalist paradise.

 

Storage Trunk

Minimalists believe that having items that are not being used out and about creates clutter and chaos. Instead, everything that doesn’t have a place should be neatly and efficiently tucked away.

In smaller dorm rooms that don’t have much space to work with, an armored storage trunk can work wonders. It can double as seating while holding off-season clothing, storing shoes, or hiding cleaning supplies.

 

Hanging Door Mirror

Saving space is a way of creating more room to breathe. That means you should avoid loading up on nonessential furniture, including bulky standing mirrors. But mirrors are also important in decor, so you need to find the right balance.

One way to accomplish this is with an over the door mirror. With hooks, it latches on to the top of your closet or dorm room door so you won’t need to move it around or store it when you have guests. It serves its purpose and then it is out of sight.

 

Mood Lighting

Lighting is huge in a DIY minimalist dorm. Industrial lighting won’t do and you can’t use natural lighting when the sun goes down. Instead, you need something that is both flexible, pretty, and unobtrusive.

Our top pick for nighttime lighting sources is the Sparkly String Lighting. Thin, copper colored, and oh-so-pretty, you’ll feel like your dorm is full of little fairies. The best part is is that you can use these just about anywhere, like lining your bunk bed or around a ceiling.

 

Low-Key Throws

With white being your main color for minimalist decorating, you might get bored easily. After all, an all-white dorm room seems so drab in more dreary months!

Counter this misconception by picking throw items that pop out while still blending in. We love this foil dot pillow that would look amazing on a tan couch or bedding set. There’s just enough color and design there to keep our attention. For an added pop of striking color and texture add this Axel Quatrafoil throw blanket in Aqua.

 

Modern and Typography Designed Canvas Prints

Canvas is a minimalist dream as it stands out without looking cheap. It gives emphasis to what it is showing or the message it has. But you need the right print to go with the rest of your room.

Black-and-white makes a fantastic visual, like this Glam Eyes Wall Canvas. Hang it over the appropriate spot (your bathroom or makeup supplies, for example) to designate spaces. Another idea is to go with the popular typography design where the words are the focus and not a photograph. Good Vibes Only is one of our top choices, because who said minimalists can’t have fun with their decor!

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.

#DORMGOALS 2016: The Best Dorms Out There

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Here at OCM, we know a thing or two about dorm rooms. So when we put out a call to see what our fans and readers were doing to transform their dorms, we were blown away by what you sent in! The #dormgoals submissions that came in gave us loads of style inspiration.

But with a $500 first prize on the line and two $150 OCM gift card and care packages for our runners up, the competition was on. Our Facebook page fans chose, and we couldn’t agree more with these fashion-forward winners!

 

Runner Up #1

Name: Katy (Instagram)

College: California State University San Marcos

Major: Human Development

Describe Your Dorm Style in 3 Words: Cozy, Lofty + Minimalistic

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Your Room?: “My photos! I love how unique they are. Photos of friends from back home, adventures I’ve taken, or things I’m passionate about.”

What helped her win:

Soft and romantic, we absolutely love how snuggly and warm her bedding looks. She perfectly blends light colors with dark accents along with different textures in her throw blankets. We also love the hanging dream catchers juxtaposed over the DIY lighting headboard. Falling asleep there is literally a dream.

How you can create this look:

We call this the “hotel look.” Add a dark with a light in a minimalist pattern to keep things simple, and focus on comfort. The Total Transition Pak bedding in Deep Pink and Black Lattice is a great example of how to add a dark and light together. The black and white bedding with pink pillow and sheet accents livens the room up but also creates a calm, centering space to come home to.

 

Runner Up #2

Name: Ken’Nia

College: Southern Connecticut State University

Major: Nursing

Describe Your Dorm Style in 3 Words: Cute, Glamorous, Fun

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Your Room?: “My bedding.”

What helped her win:

Boho is IN! Her bedding is in the mandala style that everyone is looking for these days and the peachy orange is gorgeously fun. But what we especially love is how she continues the theme in her wall decor and pillows. Sassy, hippy-chic, and stylish? We’re loving this.

How you can create this look:

Did we mention that boho style is blowing up right now? OCM has loads of options for the the summer music festival fan or the yoga fanatic. For example, mandala tapestries in navy, orange, and red add a major focal point for over the desk or bed. Keep the colors going with this dream catcher inspirational poster to keep you motivated on difficult days.

 

Grand Prize Winner

Name: Joseph (Instagram)

College: San Jose State University

Major: Public Relations

Describe Your Dorm Style in 3 Words: Aesthetics, Peaceful, Pride

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Your Room?: “My favorite thing about my room happens to be my desk! I love having small little decorations on my desk that I get as gifts. It really helps make my room feel like home.”

What helped him win:

There is nothing more Americana than a frat-themed dorm room! Joseph’s room practically radiates pride for his organization, Gamma Epsilon, and his alma mater in every single nook and cranny. But this dedication doesn’t go overboard. He manages to balance it so that it looks tidy, professional, and adult while still having his personality shine through on his shelves.

How you can create this look:

Joseph is right — it’s all about the desk! He focuses in on small decor choices that do not look like much alone but add up when combined together. Metal signs, such as this ode to New York subway lines, are a great example of small, but memorable ways of bringing home to your work space. But don’t forget about your school pride! A vintage sports poster featuring your school of choice will give your dorm Joseph’s winning style.