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.