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DORM ROOM DECOR THREE WAYS

Modern bedroom with white brick walls and mid-century bed via @thouswellblog(via Homepolish, photography by Claire Esparros)

I finished installing my sister’s new bedroom just yesterday, flew home today, and now I’m ready to tackle my next college-geared decorating project: my first dorm room! I’m especially excited because I found out that I have a single, so I really have complete control over my dorm’s design! I’m also excited to have a small space with a challenging layout that will (hopefully) inspire some creative decorating solutions. For now, I’m starting out with the basics and thinking about my color palette and inspiration. Since I won’t be able to make any permanent changes, the accent pieces and decor will be especially important for defining the room. I used At Home’s Back to Campus guide for a good starting point – it has a complete checklist to reference and several dorm styles that they break down in easy-to-shop guides. I’m partial to the Blue Mood look, since I’m all about cool (yet cozy) colors and contemporary finishes. I searched through my Pinterest boards for simple, casual bedrooms and created three more looks for you to shop from At Home’s huge selection. I chose a neutral palette, a pink and white room, and a beachy light blue space – let me know which is your favorite!

INSPIRATION

Minimal bedroom with shades of light blue and shiplap walls via @thouswellblog(via Three Birds Renovation)

TRANSLATION

Blue dorm room decor design board via @thouswellblog

SHOP THE LOOK

LAMP, SMALL ART, SIDE TABLE, LARGE ART, BEDDING, THROW PILLOW, LUMBAR PILLOW, RUG, POUF

INSPIRATION

Energetic pink and white bedroom with large wall art via @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell: LIVING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE IN PORTUGAL)

TRANSLATION

Pink dorm room decor design board via @thouswellblog

SHOP THE LOOK

LAMP, SIDE TABLE, WALL ART, MIRROR, BEDDING, THROW PILLOW, BLANKET, RUG, BASKETS

INSPIRATION

Simple white and green room with jute rug and stump side table via @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell: WHITE AND GREEN SIMPLICITY)

TRANSLATION

Neutral dorm room design board via @thouswellblog

SHOP THE LOOK

LAMP, VOTIVE, SIDE TABLE, WALL ART, BEDDING, THROW PILLOW, BLANKET, AREA RUG

Top of my shopping list for my dorm will definitely be accent lighting, a cozy bed full of pillows, and an area rug to cover the possibility of wall-to-wall carpeting. I’m in an older building so I’m crossing my fingers for hardwood, but I won’t know until I arrive! Stay tuned for more details of my dorm design in August.

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6 Comments

  1. Your designs make me want to go back to college – so great! Happy weekend!

    Posted 7.30.16
  2. Loving that tiger pillow! I can’t wait to see how you design your own personal dorm room 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 7.31.16
    • I’m in love with that pillow after I found it for that design board! I may have to find a project to sneak it into…

      Posted 7.31.16
  3. Michelle Billings wrote:

    Personally, I really like the beachy blue and white color palette, but you selected more fun and cool accessories for the pink and white room and it definitely has the best texture off three.

    Posted 7.31.16
    • I agree! And I could definitely see some of the white elements moving to the blue and white design board to bring more texture… Thanks Michelle 🙂

      Posted 7.31.16

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