#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.

#DormGoals – OCM’s Dorm Decorating Contest 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! 

OCM’s Room Goals Instant Win Giveaway

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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 www.ocm.com!

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 Dreamin’ with OCM

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Pinterest Sweeps

What college student doesn’t want to win $300 to OCM.com? On our budget, that’s like 85 Big Macs or 37 Chipotle Burritos. Don’t pass that up! A burrito a week for the whole school year? Where do I sign up? All you have to do is create a Pinterest board titled “OCM Dream Dorm” and pin 8 or more items that are found in your dream dorm. Make it all about your style and show us what you would love to have in your dorm room. If you get chosen as the winner, you’ll have the chance to make your dream a reality with anything your heart desires from OCM.com! Make sure to hashtag #OCMDreamDorm on every item and you are entered to win! Don’t forget to include your name and email address in the description of your board so we can contact you if you are our winner! The sweepstakes runs from June 13th- July 11th so what are you waiting for? Check out http://www.ocm.com/Dorm_Room_Dreamin_Contest_Rules for more information about the Official Rules.
What kind of fun things are found in your dream dorm room?

Want a Chance to Win BIG? $1000 credit to OCM is Up For Grabs!

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Have you ever thought about what your dream dorm would look like? Did you envision soft, fluffy carpets massaging your feet when you step out of bed in the morning? What about colorful wall decals to give your space some depth? Maybe your dream dorm would have a plush comforter set with matching throw pillows galore. Whatever your dream dorm may look like, now you can make it a reality. OCM and Her Campus.com (the ever-so-stylish campus gurus!) have partnered up to offer a $1000 credit to the winner of their “Dream Dorm” Pinterest contest! WHAT? A contest on Pinterest to win $1000 to OCM? Count me in.

Those of you already addicted to Pinterest are fully aware of how addicting and pleasantly time consuming it is. Since you’re already on there pinning away, OCM decided to make things more interesting by hosting a chance for you to create your own ‘Dream Dorm’ board. The rules are simple; pin at least 12 items from OCM.com to your ‘Dream Dorm’ board and tag them with #DreamDormOCM. Follow OCM on Campus on Pinterest as well as HerCampus.com (an amazingly addicting site full of articles, polls, surveys and blogs for college girls everywhere) and let us see what you’ve got! If you want to check out some other “Dream Dorm” board examples, head on over to Pinterest and locate OCM on Campus’ page. Click our followers and get inspired by all the awesome dorm boards in creation! Some of you are so creative and we’re loving how you’re using items to distinguish your boards from the rest! Be creative, were watching!

If you want to know more information about the contest such as rules and info, head to http://www.hercampus.com/dreamdorm for the 411! Her Campus+ Our Campus Market have come together to give YOU a chance at scoring big time chic decor so don’t miss out on the opportunity!