If you’re going to be a color, you might as well be bright and bold! That’s why this summer is all about being brave with your color and pattern choices. We’re talking hippie tie-dye, feather print pastels, neon zig-zags, and more! If you’re wanting to bring in the fashion and energy to your dorm room with an unconventional pattern choice, there are a few things you should know.
Using Bold Patterns to Decorate Your Dorm Room
Loud and Proud
There’s a thin but very important line between being obnoxious and loud or unique and well-designed. For those who want bold patterns, you’ll need to make the individual decision on what amount works for you. However, we suggest that you should “go big or go home.”
The most obvious choice to incorporate bold patterns is in your bedding. In a dorm room, your bed takes up almost 25% of the space in most cases. Covering your bed in a striking comforter or pillowcase set is the easiest decor idea. However, if the bed is not ideal, go for a patterned rug, window drapings, or throw blankets over a seating area.
Pattern on Pattern
Mixing patterns isn’t for the meek, but when it works, it really works — especially when using louder patterns. It’s high fashion that wows and impresses guests. And while you need a good eye for getting it just right, there are a few keys to remember when combining patterns: colors, size, and accent.
Start with a color scheme by keeping it in the same wheelhouse. For example, earth tones with earthtones (brown and blue, white and cream, pink and red, etc.). Then look at the pattern itself and the print size. Small patterns go with other small patterns, mediums go best with small, and large with large. In this case, small polkadots, for instance, mix with thin stripes. Finally, your bold pattern needs to actually pop. Lay the combo together and if your favorite doesn’t stand out, it’s not a good pair. Think compliment over camouflage.
Take it to the Wall
Tapestries are making a steady comeback for dorm decor, and it’s an awesome way of showing off your favorite pattern. We especially love the boho inspired, faux hippy look that goes from festival picnic blanket to wall decor. And with it easily hung and changed, you don’t have to keep the same look for the entire year! We especially love it placed over the bed with string lights uplighting it from behind for an ethereal look.
DIY for Less
The other option to tapestries is to put the pattern as small accents throughout your wall. Purchase oversized picture frames and cover the back in a bold pattern wrapping paper. Then insert the pictures in the center of the frame. Keep the pattern the same or get creative with the size and combination of designs. Recycle leftover wrapping paper patterns to decoupage cardboard letters (even sorority letters!) or tack on the backing of a desk for an extra pop. It’s a DIY project that works for just about every room!