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Posted 
Nov 1, 2016
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We're excited to announce the launch our Dorm Goals challenge! After spending the summer shopping for your dorm decor, conquering a hectic move-in day, and getting into the swing of the semester, you are probably well on your way to settling into your new dorm. You likely put a lot of thought into how you wanted to decorate it -- whether it's shabby-chic, preppy, or has a beachy, west coast vibe. The sheer fact that you're reading our blog shows that you find dorm style important! So now that you've achieved the dorm vibe you were going for, you deserve to show it off.That's why we set up our Dorm Goals 2016 Challenge. Post your stylish dorm room photo to social media, use #dormgoals and tag @OCMdotCOM, and fill out our form to submit your entry -- it's as simple as that.  Not only do you get to show off your interior design skills, but you have the chance to win some awesome prizes.

The Details

It's simple to enter! First, fill out the form to let us know a little more about you. Then post your dorm room photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to tag @OCMdotCOM and use the #dormgoals hashtag. The contest will officially close on Friday, November 11, 2016.At that point, we'll share all of the photos entered in an album on the OCM Facebook Page. Users will have one week to 'like' their favorite dorm pic. The dorm photo with the most likes wins, and we'll make the announcement on Friday, November 18, 2016!What's in it for me, you ask? One Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $500 Visa Giftcard to spend however they please! Two Runner Ups will each receive a $150 Giftcard to the OCM store. This means they'll get to add any finishing touches to their dorm rooms. Plus, each runner up will receive a novelty care package from our OCM, filled with plenty of goodies.

Who Should Enter?

All ladies and gents that are currently enrolled in a university in the United States and living in student housing are welcome to enter. Also, note that all photos must be your own and reflect the room you currently live in -- we want to see your dorm decor skills.

Tips for Transforming Your Space into a Winning Dorm Room

Are you still working on your dorm room style? Don't worry, with these tips we'll get your room in #dormgoals shape before the close of the contest.

Bedding

Sometimes, it's hard to even know where to start with decorating when you have so many different items in such a small space. We believe that the focal point of most dorms is the bed, so we always recommend starting there. This is partly because it's typically the largest thing in your dorm, and partly because it's where you'll spend so much time -- from sleeping to studying and watching TV.So if you chose the right bedding, everything else should fall into place. Whether you love ombre or if geometrics are more of your thing, the right bedding is so important to create the style and energy you're looking for. However, if you're stuck with the same bedding you used last year or decided to go the minimal route with neutrals, that doesn't mean you can't spice it up. Throw on a few colorful or textured throw pillows or blankets to take your bedding up a notch.

Finding Your Personal Aesthetic

Indie, boho, grunge, you name it. Your dorm room is a great way to express your personal style. However, sometimes that's hard to identify. Maybe you have a lot of mismatched hand-me-downs or erred on the side of caution by buying all of your room supplies in the same neutral color. But neither of these situations are reasons not to own the dorm style you really want.For any guys out there looking for a little guidance, check out our post on the 12 dorm essentials for guys. From basics like hampers to fun stuff like entertainment centers, there's a lot to consider when putting together a cohesive, stylish dorm room that really is a reflection of your aesthetic. For the girls inspired by Mindy Kaling or wondering how to design a perfectly preppy dorm, we've also got you covered.While we recommend using your bedding as a focal point, there's one other way to really identify the style you want to go for. Look around your dorm and identify your favorite piece. Is it the acoustic guitar you were gifted at high school graduation? Or maybe it's something as small as the stack of neon, fun-shaped post-it notes on your desk. If you use these items as your inspiration, you'll know the direction you want to take your room -- from indie to bright and loud.

Adding Simple Touches Can Make All The Difference

We know the struggle of the small dorm room, and sometimes it can feel very limiting when it comes to dorm decor. That's why we love this small spaces video from Urban Outfitters. Dorm rooms are often so small that it’s almost a rite of passage to live in cramped quarters -- but this video proves that if you go into it with a strategy, you can make even the smallest of spaces work!Because you're in cramped quarters, doesn't mean that you can't add simple decor touches. From lighting to wall art, you have tons of options to give your space that extra oomph it needs. We think lighting is great, because it can add intrigue and cancel out the often-dreary industrial lights most dorms have. Posters and other art are great touches because you can work with the vertical space in your room (i.e. your walls) to add flair. You can support artists by getting your art from Etsy, or DIY some vintage frames with a fresh, bright coat of spraypaint. At the end of the day, you'll want to come home to a room that really meshes with you - so curate pieces thoughtfully and you'll be sure to have a #dormgoals-worthy dorm in no time!

The Dorm Goals 2016 contest is now closed - thank you to everyone who entered!

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