Dorm Room Finds for Those Who Love Geometrics


Geometric Maya Bedding


For the last couple of years, style has completely been dominated by mandalas, boho, and wavy loops and circles prints. While super cute and fun, for those of us who just want a little organization in our lives, seeing so many ‘nonconformity’ patterns can throw us off. Fans of geometric shapes and patterns, however, can rejoice because the age of the defined shape is back — especially in dorm room style. We picked out our top 4 dorm room finds for those who love geometrics to help you get started.

1.   Maya Bedding

Let’s talk about the most important place in your dorm room: your bed. If you want to create visual interest in the bedroom, it starts and ends here. This is where you can get funky and create a theme, a place where you can play around with your color and line palette. That’s why we dig this year’s Maya bedding line. It comes in either grape, black or gray versions to give you options, and is paired with all you need to make your bedding complete.

What we especially love is the design itself. The comforter features geometric patterns in alternating lines. And like the more funkier looks style guides are still crushing over, it’s not done in a rigid way. In fact, it’s almost boho without being too obscure. This is certainly a first impression-making bedding set that you won’t want to say no to.

2.   Art Deco Lamps

When we think of geometrics, we think of art deco. Art deco was a design style popular in the early 1910’s and ‘20s. It came back slightly in the ‘80s, refashioned in neon colors and leopard print textures. In both cases, the look centers around clean, bold lines.

Where art deco really works is in vintage style lighting. Think Tiffany lighting with gold, tall base and a metal or glass cover. These mini lights make perfect additions to your desk or study area. We also like re-imagined versions in more bright or farm house colors such as aqua, teal, and coral where the lines are still clean, but the color is more vivid. If color isn’t your thing, go with a clear base and white or black shade for an ultra-cool look you won’t find in most dorms.

3.   Ceiling Hangings

Some dorm rooms are pretty relaxed on what you hang from the walls and ceiling as long as you don’t make holes or mess around with the sprinkler system. This gives you a ton of opportunity to make your mark from the top down! We especially love to use this space to hang our favorite art pieces for display.

One popular and really cheap option is to purchase round, paper Chinese lanterns in a variety of sizes. Another is to find lightweight metal diamonds, triangles, and squares to paint a jewel tone. We also love DIY chandeliers of circle, square, and triangle cutouts hanging from the center of a room or even over a bed. The larger you make it, the more impressive it is!

4.   Mirror Displays

Mirrors are great picks for geometric fans. More than likely, you can find a ton of shapes and sizes that will make your wall shine. We love, for example, using a long, rectangular mirror on its side and throwing in smaller round mirrors near the side. You can also take square mirrors and stack them together to create one long, wardrobe mirror for dressing.

If you want to add a bit of extra style, find mirrors in vintage frames. While they may take away from the geometric side, it adds a bit of interest to the piece. Add coordinating paint and you can mix and match until your fashionable self’s content!

Spring into Ombre, Geometric Patterns and Florals


Now that the long, grueling winter months are almost behind us, it is time to start looking forward to all that spring has to offer. Of course, the first step in preparing for a new season is to make sure your wardrobe and room decor are both ready for the transition. Welcome the rise in temperature with upbeat colors and, more importantly, vibrant patterns. This spring, dynamic motifs are set to take center stage with floral, geometric shapes, decorative, and polka dots experiencing a surge in popularity. OCM has all the staples you need to make sure your room is reflective of these spring trends.


Credit: Forever 21

Image Cred: Forever 21

You would be hard-pressed to find a print that speaks more to the essence of spring than a floral design. Choose anywhere from whimsical watercolor flowers to intricate embroidered arrangements for a dauntless, bloomy look. Floral is the quintessential pattern for creating the airy, carefree aura that spring is all about. A tiny, flowery print runs the risk of being overly cutesy, regardless of whether it is featured on a dress or a comforter. Feature asymmetrical designs or more subdued tones like purple, blue and green; much like this Vincent Van Gogh Poster.  Another way you can tastefully insert a floral touch to a room or outfit is with accent pieces. A floral necklace or skirt will add a feminine touch to a mature outfit, and a decorative pillow like this will make a dorm room pop without overwhelming the eye.

Geometric Shapes

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In the past year, many trends were brought back to life, yet re-invented with a modern twist. One trend in particular was 90’s minimalistic, represented through structured mono-colored and black and white styles. In spring 2014, the minimalistic trend will undergo a slight re-vamp with sharp geometric shapes.

To incorporate geometric shapes into your attire, seek out pieces with bold color palettes. Zigzags, overlapping boxes, triangles . . . there are seemingly infinite choices for you to choose from. This bold pattern is not for the faint of heart so, if you are unsure that you’re ready to wear a dress or blazer that says “look at me”. You can use this trend to spice up monochromatic ensembles with jewelry, clutches and manicure.

How can you achieve this geometric look for your room? Try using only 2-3 colors throughout the entire outfit or dorm room to create a color-blocking effect. From there you can chose where you want to incorporate your geometric shapes. Embrace nontraditional angles! Many of our dorm room seating options offer crisp lines and contemporary color contrasts for a youthfully dynamic aesthetic.

Abstract Art

Remember when you were in preschool and, instead of painting with a brush you used your fingers instead? Turns out, you were on to something! Whether it is with splattered fabric, hand painted garments or designs that look like they were crafted with a crayon or spray can, the runways are heating up with stylish forms of self-expression. The fashion world loves motifs that evoke a sense of Picasso or Pollock, and so is OCM! This fun, energetic look captures what it is to truly be a young adult nowadays, so give your room whimsicalness with one our many abstract art posters.

Polka Dot


Nasty Gal Polka Dot Pants

A polka dot print has the ability to lighten any mood, and is the perfect symbolization of springtime joyfulness. Playful and energetic, the circles can be laid out in a uniform pattern to pay homage to the looks of previous generations. For a fresher aesthetic, make the polka dots unevenly distributed for an appearance that suggests both sweet and sassy.

You can add a little pop of the print in a wall decal, or make it the center of attention with dorm room bedding. Either way, a polka dot pattern incorporated into your dorm will help you channel the joyfulness that spring creates.


Try a gradient effect in your hair like Lauren Conrad - Her Ombre locks are a must-do for Spring!

Photo Cred: The Trend Diaries

The gradient print has made a rather large splash in the fashion scene as of late, even being imitated in the beauty realm with the ever-popular Ombre hairstyle. The gradient print is perfect for the time of year; spanning from dark to light, it playfully can represent the dramatic rebirth nature goes through during this particular time of the year. Try this look in blue ombre shower curtains, curtains or doormats to create a cool, casual environment.

After surviving a long winter, getting ready for the splendor of spring can be thrilling! The best way to welcome this new season is by transforming your room to include the season’s trendiest patterns.You can get all the hottest spring styles here at OCM!