Using Bold Patterns when Decorating Your Dorm


Bold Patterns

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!

OCM’s Room Goals Instant Win Giveaway



Enter OCM’s Room Goals Instant Win Giveaway Now!

The back-to-school shopping season is upon us, and what better way to start it off then with free stuff? OCM is kicking off this special time of the year with a giveaway for a full dorm room makeover! Valued at $575 in free products, you do not want to miss your chance to win! The giveaway started on June 13th and will run up until July 31st. During this period, one lucky student will be rewarded with a total dorm room redesign every week. So never fear; regardless of when you enter, you still have plenty of chances to come out a winner!

How to Enter

Go to OCM’s Facebook page and click on the tab “Room Goals Instant Win Giveaway”. Then scroll down to the bottom and enter your email, first name, and last name. You’ll receive a message right away letting you know if you’re the chosen undergrad or not! Even if you don’t come out on top, every participant receives a promo code for a discount off of their next purchase at!

Plus, even if you don’t win today, there’s always tomorrow! Participants can enter one time per person and Facebook profile every 24 hours. Winners will be chosen based on their number of entries and the timing of each. An email will be sent out each Friday to the winner of that week. So what are you waiting for? Enter now for your chance to win!

Giveaway Rules

Prizes are redeemable only on Bedding & Bath, Dorm & Apartment, and Dorm Décor categories. To read the Official Rules for the “Rooms Goal Instant Win Giveaway” Sweepstakes, visit here.

Dorm Room Decorating – Creating a Balance Between Budget & Style


Dorm Room Decorating

Dorm Room Decorating – Creating a Balance Between Budget & Style

Making the transition from your bedroom to your dorm room is a big deal. That’s why it’s important to pick out a style that you like at an affordable price. No one knows more about this topic than College Dorm Designer Stephanie McDade. Stephanie made an appearance on Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act, where she shared helpful tips about shopping for dorm room necessities.

This video is also shared in the OCM Press Room, a new feature found on our websitere you’ll find the latest news, videos and press releases that help convey what our brand is all about.

Black Hampton Plaid

Bedding in Black Hampton Plaid with Silver Armored Trunk

Leilani Kiwi

Leilani Comforter with Kiwi Sheet Set and Shag Carpet

A Home Away from Home

An integral part of college life, residence halls are where students spend a great deal of their time studying, socializing, and relaxing. Dorms are like a second home for students and should be decorated as such. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or transfer student, it’s crucial that you pick the right bedding, trunk, accessories, and whatever else you may need to create a comfortable living environment.

Sheet Set

Assorted Sheet Sets

The Centerpiece

In every dorm you will find a plain mattress. With bedding from OCM, you can turn that plain mattress into a comfortable and stylish bed. Every year, Stephanie works with designers from New York to come up with the latest and greatest trends, such as the kaleidoscope pattern. Printed on soft, channel stitched comforters, these patterns will make the centerpiece of your room pop! Add in a few accent pillows and a throw blanket for extra comfort and style!


Assorted Rhino, Armored and Cube Storage Trunks


As you know, staying organized is a constant battle. That’s why we offer a number of products to keep your dorm clutter-free. Stephanie mentions one of these products, but let’s take closer look. The storage chest, more commonly known as a storage trunk, is a great place to keep shoes and other items out of the way. Plus, it doubles as a table! A flat surface is a valuable piece of real-estate in the close quarters of a dorm.

The storage chest is just one of the many dorm room organization products we offer. Take for example our line of storage bins or our under the bed collection. We also have desk organizers and closet storage products. All of these products will keep you organized and allow you to make the most of your space!

Wardrobe Trunk

Armored Urban Wardrobe Storage Trunk


So you’ve made the big transition from your bedroom to your dorm room, but you still feel like something’s missing. Adding a personal touch to your dorm will make you feel right at home. At OCM, we have a huge collection of wall art that varies from original posters to beautifully designed tapestries. If you’re looking to add something functional, check out our accent rugs and pillows! As Stephanie pointed out, a soft rug on a wooden floor makes all the difference on those brisk mornings!

Value Pak

OCM Value Pak

Shopping Made Simple

With so many great products and designs, it may be hard to pick out each item individually. Stephanie has a quick fix for that: Value Paks. Simply put, a Value Pak is a product bundle that saves you money and time otherwise spent coordinating separates, while meeting your dorm room needs. These Paks range in size and price, but consistently provide students with quality bedding, towels, and other bath and personal supplies. With over 50 style combinations to choose from, you are sure to find a Value Pak that works for you!

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Catalina Coral Sheet Set and Kaleidoscope Comforter

Find a Balance

Whether you’re looking to deck out your room or go with a basic look, it’s all about finding a balance between style and price. At OCM, you can mix and match products or keep things simple by choosing from one of our Value Paks.  With so many great styles and affordable products, you’ll be able to find what you need!

Why “Cameron Burgundy” is the Perfect Dorm Pattern for Guys


Cameron Burgundy

Finding the right look for a men’s dorm room is not very easy. For some, minimal lines and patterns are best. For others, design, feel, and theme are all important aspects of creating the vibe they want. That’s where OCM can help! Cameron burgundy, one of our popular lines of dorm bedding, is designed for the guy who wants it all — minimal yet stylish. Here’s why guys agree that the Cameron Burgundy print is the perfect dorm room pattern.

Why Cameron Burgundy is the Perfect Dorm Pattern for Guys

Burgundy Red Has Never Looked Cooler

We have no idea why, but when it comes to a man’s color palettes, it’s often neglecting red. Maybe because girls love it for nail polish and lipstick or because it bucks the trend of blues and greens, but red is certainly coming back huge in men’s fashion, including bedding.
We love red because it’s a color that is strong and masculine. It makes us think of the banners ancient royalty carried around and a darker version of the red carpet our favorite movie stars walk on. It’s even popping up on runways as an accent color in trousers and fitted blazers. And because of all that, burgundy remains the easiest way to draw attention to your room in an easy, ultra-cool, and thoughtful way.

Neat and Clean Design

Guys have always been big on keeping it simple, and the Cameron pattern follows suit. With intersecting lines similar to plaid and tartan patterns, the comforter draws in base colors of white and brown in a way that is similar to your favorite shirt. The sheets and pillowcase keep it light and airy to contrast with the red by moving the burgundy to the thin, geometric lines on a white background.
With those coordinating earth tones in mind, you can complete your bedding set without much effort. The OCM complete set already does the work for you by selecting high quality chocolate brown bath linens along with a light tan cotton blanket for warmer months. It creates a woodsy look with a higher impact and a potential to go from summer to winter without changing anything over.

Add Your Own Touches

On the flip side, some guys want to customize and expand upon the basic look to create their own personal design. The Cameron Burgundy gives them the option to go with a variety of modern and classic themes. Of course, we already mentioned that woodsy design. Resembling flannel, the outdoors lover will dig dressing up his room with vintage lanterns and chocolate and tan rugs and throw pillows.
Guys who like what’s in along with a having a great sense of humor will take the more man-ish aspects of the prints and really go for it. Mustache accent pillows, old school boxing posters from the 1920s and ‘30s, storage trunks with travel bumper stickers, and wooden picture frames painted red are just a few started ideas. With Cameron Burgundy as your pattern, your options are about as endless as they get!


Dorm Room Lighting Options You’re Guaranteed to Love


Dorm Room Lighting

Is there anything worse than living with ugly, unflattering, migraine-inducing industrial lighting in your dorm room? While we love living in residence halls, it’s the one thing we cannot stand. Luckily, there are tons of lighting options that will bring back a calm, homey feel to your space without costing a fortune or requiring an electrician to do the work. These are just 8 dorm lighting options you’re guaranteed to love.

8 Dorm Lighting Options You’re Guaranteed to Love

1. DIY Canopy Lighting

One of our favorite lighting trends in the past few years is the DIY canopy featuring string lighting. Simply hang the string lighting in diagonal lines over your bed, and then cover with lightweight fabric (like materials made of muslin) that lets the light shines through. It’s romantic and dreamy but still leaves enough light for late night reading.

2. Feminine Fairy Lights

Speaking of dreamy: fairy lights are always popular with dorm rooms. These are those twinkling strands of lights you see during the holidays, but you can jazz them up to make them all-seasons. For one, use clothespins to hang photos from them, use fabric scraps to decorate them like a long wreath, or purchase a set with accents like jewels and butterflies.

3. Rope Lighting Writing

Want to really wow your guests? Use rope lighting to spell out words, initials, or even your sorority letters on a main wall. It takes a little creativity and some patience, but it’s such a huge focal point that really lights everything up.

4. Marquee Signs

If you’re not patient enough to DIY your writing, spend a little bit more and purchase large sized marquee letters and then hang throughout your rooms. Many are battery operated so they take up less outlets, and you can get them in a variety of phrases, letters, or symbols. We love the ampersand for shared dorm rooms!

5. Clip-On Lamps

The clip-on lamp is a must-pack item when you move in this year. It’s classic, simple, and won’t keep your roommate up. And if nothing else, it will keep you from having to turn on the lights to find your missing phone or safely get down your bed’s ladder.

6. Paper Ball Lanterns

Paper ball lanterns are super-cheap, but they are also super-stylish! Grab a ton of them in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors and bunch together in the center of the room for a chandelier look or hang over your bed for a more personal feel. To add lighting, use string lights or Edison lights (the larger-bulb varieties), and space the lanterns out so that they cover a bulb.

7. Art Deco Desk Uplighting

The number one desk trend this year is the art deco look. We’re talking golds and bronze with clean white and tan shades. Add geometric lines and decorations to the lamp and you’ve got lighting that is both functional and a work of art.

8. Color Changing Light Strips

Techies will absolutely love light strips that can be placed almost anywhere in a dorm. Stick them under your desk and bed, inside a shelf, or above a window. Then, set them at different colors or program them to switch throughout the night. Some of the more advanced ones even sync to your music! It’s like having a lighting show in your own bedroom.


How to Use the Kaleidoscope Aqua Pattern in Your Dorm

Kaleidoscope Aqua
Looking for a style that conveys cool while still being as unique and as fresh as possible? You’ll love OCM’s Kaleidoscope Aqua print. A steely blue color on a white base with a mandala-esque pattern, you’ll absolutely love how versatile this look can be. Ready to unleash the kaleidoscope on your bed or dorm room? Here’s our top tips on how to decorate and coordinate with our new favorite print.


How to Use the Kaleidoscope Aqua Pattern to Decorate Your Dorm Room


1. The Color Scheme

If you are big on keeping the colors all in line, the kaleidoscope gives you tons to work with. Of course, there’s the base color of aqua. Unlike the trend of going more green with the shade, this one is very squarely blue at heart. Think clear blue ocean with the sky’s reflection. The second base color is the more vibrant aquamarine that does cover the green scale. It’s also outlined in a deep navy for emphasis.
Picking any of these colors is a great starting point on coordinating the rest of your room. For example, go with the aqua for window dressings, table lamps, and poster colors. You can also mix it up with a variety of each for a more diverse, less-focused look.


2. Hippy-Chic

When we first saw this pattern, our minds instantly floated to the summer boho styles we are loving this year. Aqua and aquamarine are making huge comebacks, especially in boho jewelry. You can get equally as funky with your accents by going for items that speak to your laid-back vibes. We especially love motivational posters or throw pillows with beading and tassels.
You can also add ample pillow-style seating options to your room, such as bean bag chairs or even mats. The room’s natural, earth toned colors center the room and make it a space for thinking and dreaming. Creating an area, such as a reading nook out of hanging drapes, low lighting, and extra blankets can bring a little peace and tranquility into your life without sacrificing style.


3. A New Kind of Minimal

On the other hand, a bold pattern such as the kaleidoscope can also need pieces and accessories that detract rather than draw attention. With your bedding being the main focal piece here, go for white and other earth tone shades (such as lighter browns, tans, and creams). They will keep your guest’s eyes where they need to be.
We love the look of white furniture with the aqua. But if you’re not allowed to bring in your own pieces, go for white dry erase or memo boards, white area rugs, and white desk accessories. Tan window dressings and bath linens also coordinate well for a look that will having you saying “ahhh” whenever you walk through the door.


4. Sunny Accents

Finally, the kaleidoscope aqua should also give you courage to be a bit bold with your choices! A bright yellow, distressed gold, or even a glittering silver can all work when you consider your dorm room must-haves. You can DIY a side table using a lavender spray paint and bronze drawer pulls or choose a storage solution in a transparent rainbow color. It all works!
With the kaleidoscope aqua, you have the freedom to decorate and create a room that is totally an expression of your taste and style. Whether it be minimal or loud and proud, this is a look you won’t want to miss out on this fall.


Dorm Accessories to Pair with “Catalina Coral” Pattern


Catalina Coral

The “it” color of 2016 is coral. It’s bright and fun but still an earth-tone at heart. We especially love it when it’s in the Catalina mandala pattern found in our popular bedding paks. If you’re digging this boho style, we’ve got plenty ideas on what to match it up with. Here are our 7 favorite accessories to pair with Catalina Coral!

1. Shag Rugs

Coral pink-orange isn’t the first color you might think of when you picture the ‘60s and ‘70s, but when put in the mandala theme, you’ve got an updated look perfect for dorm rooms. Why not pair it with another throwback favorite, the shag rug? It’s an added texture that, when done in a subtle color like white or tan, adds a new focal piece to the room.

2. Nautical Touches

Coral wouldn’t be coral without the sea-themed name. And while we usually think nautical in blue, white, and red, you can still add your love of the beach with sand jars, bookends shaped as starfish, and wall decor that looks like it came straight from the boat.

3. Funky Accent Pillows

The mandala is already funky so why not take it over the top? Looking at the mandala pattern, you can see a ton of colors to work with including navy, teal, yellow, and orange. Scatter pillows in various patterns within this color scheme around your room to highlight your more adventurous design side.

4. Blue and Brown Wall Art

We love how navy looks when it’s paired with dainty coral. Create your own inspirational posters or prints of nautical images with navy and white. Add it to a brown, old school style frame and you’ve got a look that is straight out of a magazine.

5. Vintage or Upcycled Mirrors

Keep the “old school” theme going with vintage mirrors. You can DIY this by reusing an unused frame (or one found at a garage sale). Spray paint it in the colors we’ve already mentioned and then add a mirror to complete. Multiple mirrors around the room brighten the space up so don’t hold back on just one!

6. Gold Desk Supplies

It seems like coral should clash with gold and mandala patterns. However, the sophisticated jewel tone actually blends in well with the softened look. We recommend an art deco style gold lamp with a white lampshade or gold-toned supply holders. You can make your own by using a glass or a jar, taping a pattern, and then spray painting it in gold.

7. Neutral and Modern Pairings

If you’re not a fan of bold and loud, Catalina Coral is still for you! The trick is to pair it with neutrals instead of bold tones. Go for linen curtains or white accent furniture. Add in touches of gray, such as in your storage solutions (under the bed, hanging in your closet, or even in crates). Simple items like cream colored hand towels or a clean and crisp white board all make the room feel bigger, brighter, and more centered. Who would have known you could do so much with the Catalina Coral pattern!

To shop for twin XL bedding supplies in Catalina Coral and other brand new patterns exclusive to OCM, visit our website!

Decorating Your New College Dorm Room [Tips & Infographic]


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White walls, wooden furniture, and linoleum tiles. The standard dorm rooms assigned to incoming freshmen are a far cry from stylish or inviting. If you have yet to visit a residence hall in person, you’ll learn on move-in day that dorm buildings are typically bland and outdated. Fortunately, the rooms are designed in a way that is often easy to manipulate.

Small in size, your dorm room will likely come equipped with only a few basics, which allows you the space you need to get creative. How will you fill up, decorate, and transform your dorm from something sterile and uniform into a new room that’s warm and unique?

Whether you have a few days or a few months to prepare for move-in, we’ve laid out the steps to help guide you through the process of designing and decorating a dorm that feels like home. Download the graphic here for easy printing, or continue reading and share the image below!

How to Decorate Your New Dorm

The kick-off to freshman year of college offers a clean slate in many respects: new friends, no grades, the ability to explore new interests, and new place to call home. Starting from square one can be super exciting! It can also leave you feeling a little bewildered wondering where to begin. With a few months before move-in, now is the time to start dreaming and scheming about how you want to design your dorm room.

1.       Choose Your Colors & Theme

Start with the basics! When browsing Pinterest for inspiration, what colors are you drawn to? Which styles and themes do you like best?

  • Pick 2 primary colors
  • Pick 1 or 2 accent colors
  • Pay attention to patterns (floral, geometric, stripes/plaid)
  • Choose an overall theme (bright/dark, chic, boho)

Find out what speaks to you. That way, when you start shopping, you’ll know where to look!

2.       Create a Packing List

If you have your dorm room assignment already, check out your school’s website to see what furniture will be supplied to you. Then get to planning!

(P.S. Download our free college packing list here. With a list in place, you can easily figure out what you’ll need to shop for!

3.       Compare Necessities with Roomies

Speaking of shopping… before you make any big ticket purchases, sync up with your roommate or suitemates!

Items like mini fridges and shower curtains should be divvyed up between you so that no one person is left fronting the cost.

4.       Start with Textiles

When designing your dream dorm, begin by selecting your textiles. These are usually the first thing the eyes are drawn to when entering a space. Design with the following in mind:

  • Your bed will act as the focal point of the room
  • Warm up the space with curtains and an area rug
  • Mix and match your colors and patterns
  • When in doubt, buy in paks (Value Paks, that is!)

5.       Establish a System of Organization

It’s not always easy to maximize space in a dorm room. Some residence halls offer a wardrobe or chest of drawers, but you’ll have to get creative for the rest. Make sure you have a place to store: your clothes, shoes, shower supplies, textbooks, snacks, cleaning supplies, and appliances

6.       Decorate with Accents

Now comes the fun stuff! What decorations do you need to personalize your space? Start by deciding what will go on your walls. It could be:

  • Posters
  • Wall decals
  • Cork boards
  • Photos of friends and family

Then add to the overall look and feel with pillows and seating, lighting, fun accessories, and DIY decorations. Once you have your necessities in place, your accents will really transform the space, making what was once a bland dorm your new “home away from home!”

Achieve your #RoomGoals with dorm room essentials and accessories you won’t want to leave home without! Mix and match from OCM’s selection of bedding, organizers, décor, and more for college gear guaranteed ‘til graduation.

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5 Dorm Room Hacks for Your Bedding Value Pak


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Life hacks are the best. These simple tips give us the cues on how to make life a little easier. We especially love life hacks that show us how to use everyday items we have laying around the bedroom or dorm room in genius ways. Double points go to our must-have dorm item: the bedding pak.

Our bedroom value paks include essentials such as a hamper, pillows and covers, egg crate pads, and bedside buddies. But you don’t have to just use these items for your dorm room bed! Here are 5 hacks for your bedding pak that you won’t want to forget!

1.   Portable Couches/Bed

What do you do when you have too many pillows or pillows that are not best for your sleep style? Make your own couch out of them! All you need is 3 to 8 standard sized pillows, old pillow cases, and some sewing skills (by hand or machine). Lay out your pillow cases so that it makes one long row about 5 ½ feet long (roughly 3-4 pillows). Sew the pillow cases together at the long ends and insert the pillows. To make a bed, make a second row the same as the first, insert the pillows, and then sew the short ends together. Your guests will love how comfortable this is and you’ll love that you can fold it up or hide it under a bed when you’re done!

2.   Reusable Grocery or Shopping Bags

Eco-conscious college students know that they must have at least 1 or 2 reusable bags for trips to the grocery store or shopping mall. But why buy an expensive version that will most likely get lost or fall apart after a few uses when you can DIY it with your bedding pak extras?!

Take your fitted sheet and fold in half. Using a pair of sharp scissors (or fabric scissors, if you can find them), cut your sheet into the shape of a tank top with a very wide neck. The bottom of the tank top should include the section of the sheet that is connected at the bottom of the fold. Along the side of the tank top shape, cut fringe about ½” long until you get to the “sleeve” section, and then tie together in double or triple knots. You’ll have a super stylish grocery bag you’ll want to take everywhere!

3.   Storage Seating

With the Total Transition Bedding Pak, you get both an egg crate mattress pad, 2 pairs of sheets, and a trunk — all you need to build a functional seat. All you need to do is take the egg crate mattress pad and cut and measure it so that it fits like a pillow top for the trunk. Then, lay the sheet flat on the floor with the cute mattress pad in the center. At the corner of the sheet, fold it over so that it completely covers the pillow. Do the same for the other corner. Then, tie the ends together at the center of the pillow in a cute bow. Place on top of the chest and you’ve got a great seating feature!

4.   The Tailgate Pack

Have no use for the hamper? We can think of one! With tailgating requiring lots of pre-packing, why not make a tailgating pack to-go in your durable, portable hamper! In the bottom, place all of your blankets or tablecloths for a foundation. Then, add the heavy items such as a small cooler or cooking supplies. Finally, top off with team spirit decorations and paper items. Stash in your car, and you’re ready to go for the next game.

5.   Anything Organizer

Not everyone has a shoe obsession like we do. So instead of using that shoe organizer for just a few pairs, use it to store just about anything else! Some of the more creative ideas are to sort your beauty essentials, stock up on office/desk supplies, make a binge-worthy candy collection, or even discretely hide away your underwear. The sky’s the limit with this hack!

6 Ways to Coordinate Your Suite with Your Suitemates


coordinate suite with suitemates

Getting the perfect dorm suite style down isn’t always as easy as it looks. There are tons of options, logistics, and organization issues to think through. But a bigger roadblock may be the people who are living with you. Coordinating styles or themes with people you may or may not know may take a bit of legwork and patience. However, by following these few tips, you can have a dorm suite that works for everyone.

1.   Brainstorm in Advance

If you are an incoming freshman, one of the most important letters you’ll get from your housing office will be your roommate assignments. Living with a stranger can be a mixture of scary and exciting, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating!

If you get the contact info for your new roommates, don’t be afraid to find them on social media or send a quick intro email. From there, start to discuss ideas for the room. Though you have all summer to shop, the earlier you begin to brainstorm about colors, DIY projects, wall décor, and other features for the room, the more time you’ll have to coordinate.

2.   Go Online

For roommates living miles, states, or even oceans apart, technology and online shopping make it easy to build wish and shopping lists perfect for collaboration. There are even design software programs out there that let you try on colors, artwork, and furniture design schemes.

If you and your new roommate would like to split who is buying what (so you don’t both show up with two huge TVs or mini fridges), then assigning who brings what is the most fair way to do it. Items you should consider divvying up include an area rug, television, seating, refrigerator, cookware, full-room lighting, etc. Basically, anything that can or will be shared should be purchased evenly.

3.   Shop at the Same Store

If you’re looking to build a fashionable, coordinating style, consider shopping at the same store. Many dorm residents come to their move-in day with just the essentials (bedding, bath, and clothing). This gives them plenty of time and opportunity to shop around with their new roommate instead of relying on guesswork on what the other will like.

If it’s not possible to shop at the same store together, stick to online shops like OCM where so many items are already coordinated. For example, purchase a kit that has every essential you can think of, like our bedding value paks that can include everything from comforters to storage trunks. Your roommate can pick a similar kit that pairs well with the style of your selection!

4.   Allow for Some Flexibility

Going to college means you’ll meet many people with diverse backgrounds and interests that differ from your own. This includes potentially not being able to afford some of the items on your dream suite list. If your roommate isn’t able to pick up the tab or wants to stick with their more homey items, don’t be bummed or frustrated. Instead, be flexible.

A roommate who wants to use an old quilt from home may get a kick out of doing a vintage, rustic theme. For someone with a hand-me-down lamp, suggest going to the hardware store and picking up a fun color of paint for a DIY upcycle. And never turn down the opportunity to hang pictures and nicknacks throughout your suite — they are an important reminder of who you are and where you come from.

With a little flexibility, technology, and organization, you can create a suite that fits everyone’s styles and needs!