What’s Trending: Color Palettes for 2014


With much of the country’s cold weather subsiding to make way for sunshine, many of us have shopping on our minds. We’re excitedly looking ahead to upcoming seasons, which leave us to wonder about what styles and hues we can excitedly anticipate for 2014. Below is a breakdown of four fashion trends that are destined to make a strong presence in the upcoming seasons, and ways to incorporate them into your dorm and wardrobe.



Want to stand out amongst the crowd? For a textile that can aptly reflect your bold personality unlike any others, look to metallic. Adding accents of this shimmery material to your wardrobe can make any daytime outfit pop. Whether it’s with scarves, shoes, headbands, belts or a bedazzled cuff bracelet, try mixing this dynamic pattern with springy pastels to create a fresh, sunny ensemble. For nighttime, contrast the metallic with darker, richer hues like oxblood, black, plum or jade. Go for larger pieces like a skirt, bolero jacket or dress to make sure you make a statement that really stands out!

Of course, metallic detailing can jazz up your dorm room as well. Stylish items like decorative pillows, wall hangings and candle holders can create a modern, voguish atmosphere. If you are looking to add pops of metallic into your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to take risks and, if you dare, challenge yourself to a DIY project involving some silver or gold spray paint and a stencil.

Radiant Orchid

orchidIf you are really looking to champion the season’s most celebrated color trend, look no further than Radiant Orchid. This tint of purple is the perfect balance between sophistication and adventure, always adding a sense of vivacity when paired with other colors. Incorporate a touch of radiant orchid into your dorm room this season, and say bye to the drab blues of winter with bright and exciting orchid hues. Need somewhere to start? This floral wall art purple print poster from our extensive art collection is the perfect option!

To incorporate it into your wardrobe, consider adding radiant orchid touches with your choice in manicure, clutch purse or shoes. Plus, ladies with brown or green eyes can make their peepers truly dazzle by featuring this trendy color with their eye shadow.


pastelsWhen the weather begins to finally transition from cold to warm, it is time to ditch the dark, drab colors and start introducing brighter colors into your life. And nothing says, “Bye-bye, black” better than pastels. Light, almost powdery shades of blue, pink, green, and yellow have made a splash in the fashion scene, and don’t show any signs of slowing down for the spring. These colors are versatile in that they can be used as a neutral color to springboard other vibrant color off of, or as statement colors balanced out with white or black. Pastels are playful, classy, and perfect both fashion and decor style. To add some soft tints to your attire, why not rock a feminine but professional light blue, mint or peach blazer? Blazers have been hitting the fashion scene since the 80’s, and yes, even the shoulder pads are making a come back. You can find stylish blazers for great prices from anywhere like amazon.com to lookbookstore.com.

Pastel dorm items are the perfect way to welcome sunniness into your room; for example, this aqua area rug brightens the space while adding some extra lush comfort beneath your flip flop feet!

Black and White


Two of the most contradictory colors in the spectrum have always had a history of being the perfect partners in crime. Recently, black and white has made a strong re-appearance in the fashion scene, both in personal style and home decor. You can use just these two colors to make a bold statement, or use them as a color-neutral backdrop for other brighter hues. Whether you sport the combination with a pants suit, checkered dress, striped tee or polka dotted jeans, this unapologetic color scheme will look modern, classy and streamlined.

We at OCM love the black and white trend, just look at our Room and Decor selection and you’ll see why! Check out the little black dress jewelry organizer and our black and white frames wall decals for some fun inspiration!

Maintaining a firm grasp on the seasons’ trends shouldn’t be stressful. With the right color palette at your fingertips, you can transform your closet and room decor into a forward-thinking, stylish delight!


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