8 Dorm Lighting Options You’re Guaranteed to Love
1. DIY Canopy Lighting
2. Feminine Fairy Lights
3. Rope Lighting Writing
4. Marquee Signs
5. Clip-On Lamps
6. Paper Ball Lanterns
7. Art Deco Desk Uplighting
8. Color Changing Light Strips
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Getting its start from combining popular characters from Marvel Comics, Marvel’s The Avengers tells the story of what happens when the most beloved superheroes join forces to fight against evil. As a worldwide phenomenon comic book and movie series, love for The Avengers has taken over. You too can “assemble” with these three super decorating tricks.
Dubbed in the original Avengers Initiative comic as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” the team includes Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. That alone should give you tons of inspiration to build a dorm room that shows your comic book and superhero devotion. However, why stick with just one Avengers character when you can highlight them all with a retro comic book tribute!
Think “Ka-Pow!” “Bam!” and “Zam!” when adding wall art with flashes of red, blue, and green. You can take your theme to the next level with old furniture, lampshades, or storage pieces in rough condition and use decoupage to cover in vintage comics, typically found at thrift stores and garage sales. Use the same decoupage glue and comics to make accents such as coasters, magnets for a dry erase board, or hanging pendants to string above your bed.
Colors featured in The Avengers films range from purple and gray to red and yellow — not exactly complimentary colors when designing a sophisticated and put together dorm bedroom look. Because of that, it is best to stick to one look. If you are going for the vintage comic look, try mixing the boldness of red and yellow (which also happens to be Iron Man’s colors). It is best to keep red as the base (think comforters or seating areas) and use yellow sparingly in items such as towels or window dressings.
You can also select a color scheme with your favorite superhero in mind. Black Widow and Thor’s red and black/dark gray scheme is masculine and daring—making them great for accent pillows. Hawkeye’s purple and black looks fabulous when done in a sheet set with pillow shams. The Hulk and his green are best suited for towel sets or area rugs.
For an all-encompassing look, go with S.H.I.E.L.D’s neutral and ultramodern color combination of black and white. Black sheets over a white comforter or quilt with modern, thick black lines is chic and dangerous. It fits in perfectly for a more minimalist look that doesn’t require the pop art colors.
Once you have your bedding selected, start adding little touches of the Avengers around your dorm room. A favorite lighting accessory includes creating your own Tesseract using a photo cube, blue paint, and decoupage glue and a lighting component. This glowing blue light looks perfect on a desk or as a low light reading light.
You can also purchase fan favorite items such as the masks of the Avengers to create a hanging display from your ceiling or capes to canopy over your bed. Don’t forget Thor’s hammer or Captain America’s shield, all which looks great when displayed above a door. Plus, don’t forget, OCM carries an Iron Man dorm poster!
Assembling all of the world’s greatest superheroes into one dorm room may seem like a feat of strength and creativity. But when done minimally using tasteful wall decor, carefully planned color schemes, and bold accessories, it’s a look that will make an enemy think twice before entering your dorm room.
They may be at opposite ends of the light spectrum, but there is no doubt that, when bold blacks and whites are brought together, they are a force to be reckoned with. Recently, the fashion world has revitalized this timeless color duo by using them as a backdrop to bring other more vibrant colors to life. Black and white with a pop of color is a modern trend that is both simplistic and edgy. Unlike more subdued tints of gray or brown, these pigments have the ability to awaken normally passive hues like pastels or cooler colors like blue or green.
For your dorm, consider having the major pieces, like your bed comforter, dressers, and chairs to be black and white. Ununiformed prints like this zebra comforter or rug will be particularly engaging to the eyes and add a contemporary edge to the environment. Plus, everyone knows the masterful impact black-and-white photography has on viewers; browse our many college wall canvases to find topnotch shots of New York City, sandy beaches and more.
Colorful accent pieces will really pop when contrasted against the neutral tones, so make sure the decor details you’re emphasizing are purposeful and attractive. For inspiration, check out our college room decor supplies and college frames. Be mindful that the eye will naturally be drawn to these colorful bursts of life, so make sure items like the trash can or laundry caddy aren’t the items that will stand out.
While you are not restricted to utilizing a single bright hue, limit yourself to no more than three or four pops of color in order to maintain a clean, chic aesthetic.
Today, I would like to talk about your dorm room bed. The first thing that you must realize about your bed at school is that it will never be the same as your bed at home, simply because they are different beds. So while you are shopping, I would like for you to consider a few things.
I like to call them “The Three Truths” about your bed.
First, dorm room beds can be small and uncomfortable. Every bed that I have had at school has been comprised of an extremely hard twin XL mattress and a small wooden frame to go around it.
Secondly, your bed comes as it is. The school will not supply you with anything to make your bed more comfortable. Some schools, however, do have a “sheets program” where you can buy sheets from your school’s housing administrators.
And thirdly, most dorm room beds are stackable and adjustable. This allows students to have plenty of storage room underneath their beds and to potentially have bunk beds as well.
Now, shopping for your bed can be quite the process. In the sections below, I have taken “The Three Truths” and created lists of items that are necessary to improve the quality of your school bed.
For the uncomfortable factor:
For the fashionable factor:
Hopefully you will now be able to transform your old dorm room bed into a wonderful and comfortable paradise!
What do you think you will put on your bed?
Today I would like to introduce something new to the blog series. To spice things up, I thought that I would add a DIY mini-series to the bigger “Summer Before College Series”. For those of you who do not already know, DIY simply means Do It Yourself. This mini-series, which will run throughout the duration of the summer, will give step-by-step instructions for easy-to-do, crafty ideas to spice up your dorm room at college. Most of the crafts will be decorative, fun, and useful!
After talking to a friend, I got the idea to do my first DIY post on making a blanket. The blanket process itself is very simple. Best part? No sewing! Anyone on any artistic level could pull off a fantastic blanket. The instructions below were given to me by a friend who has made several blankets throughout her life. She not only uses them for herself, but for gifts for others as well. I have modified the instructions to make them easier to use! Enjoy!
Step 1: Go to your local fabric store. I tend to use Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. They have a wonderful assortment of fabrics in a variety of patterns and colors.
Step 2: Pick out your fabric. For this blanket, you will need a type of fabric called fleece. This will allow your blanket to be warm and cozy! After finding your store’s selection of this particular fabric, you will have a decision to make. You can make a blanket consisting of only one color/pattern or one with two. After you make this decision, choose your fabric. Make sure it matches your personality as well as your room’s theme!
Step 3: Pick your size. The original instructions that I have followed recommend using 6’0″x 4’0″ pieces of fabric. This is very similar to the average blanket size. I tend to modify the size based on the height of the person. If you are 6′ or taller, then make it longer!
Step 4: After you have gathered all of your materials, lay everything out. Put your two pieces of fabric on top of each other, matching each corner and side as perfectly as you can so that they form one thick piece.
Step 5: Take a pair of scissors and cut an approximate 3″ x 3″ square out of all four corners, making sure to cut into both pieces of fabric.
Step 6: Take the scissors and, starting at one of the corners, cut 3″ slits in the fabric approximately 1-2″ apart until you reach the next corner. Again, make sure that you are cutting through both pieces of fabric! You will use these slits to connect the fabrics! Repeat this step until there are slits on all sides.
Step 7: Tie the two fabric pieces together, using the rectangles made by the slits you just cut. In my experience it is best to double-knot the ties to secure them! Do not tie the four corner pieces (the pieces that surround the corners) yet!
Step 8: Now, to finish it off, start at one corner and instead of tying the fabrics together, tie the two slits (into one knot) that form the corner together. This will help to further secure the two pieces together.
Congratulations! You have just successfully made a comfortable blanket out of two pieces of fabric! What a fun and easy way to spice up your room!
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Good morning, blog community!
Starting in the fall, your dorm room will be your home away from home-your sanctuary when things get rough. You will be spending a ton of time in your room. It is important to make your room as comfortable and fun as it can be. The best way to do this is by bringing touches of “you” to your room. You want your room to scream “you” when you walk into it; it should be a reflection of your personality.
Below, I have listed five ways to bring more of “you” into your room.
Making your room reflect your personality is easier than you think! If you follow these tips, you will be a step closer to making your room into your own perfect paradise!
Make sure to check out the various decor items that OCM has to offer! You may find something that adds just the right touch to show off your personality!
Ready to turn that winter-time drab dorm room into Spring-time Fab? We’re giving you a sneak peak at a few of our new items coming soon to OCM, and showing you how to pair them up with existing items you may already have to create an adorably themed room for the Spring and Summer. Regardless of your taste, the way you pair items and colors together can really show a lot about your personality and fashion sense. Here’s a few ways to get that drab room ready for Summer!
1) Go Green – I’d like to call this set “Citrus Blend” because it marries the prettiest hues of Green and Yellow to create the perfect lemon-lime twist. With Green already being my favorite color, this set is a win-win for my taste. Lime Green and Yellow are perfect hues for brightening up any space. Add some fresh flowers and your own pictures to make your room lively and fun! Peep the brand new beanbag chair and poufs! Love them as much as I do? They’ll be available on www.ocm.com very soon!
2) Modern and Chic– This is what I call the “Fashionista” because it pairs the season’s hottest prints with the brightest pops of colors! The black and white Chevron reading pillow coupled with a mix-matching thick stripe ottoman is a chic way to add some diversity to your space while still keeping a modern appeal. Since black goes with everything, you can pick one bright statement color, or mix and match all of your favorites! The best thing about black and white accessories is that ultimately, you make the decorating rules. There’s so many different combinations you can create with these colors that will be sure to make your room pop!
3) Chocolate hues mixed with fruity tones– If you want to make your room feel bright and cheery but don’t really go for the bright pinks and purples, you can always take more toned-down hues and mix them with what I like to call, “fruity hues”. Since Mango is my favorite fruit there’s no way I can pass up this color palette. The deep chocolate brown mixes perfectly with the bright and rich Mango hue, complimenting any shades of green that may be tied in. These colors are pretty season-neutral too, as you can swap items out for different prints and accessories depending on the season. Again, we’re spotlighting our new beanbag chairs and ottomans soon to be for sale on ocm.com!