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Dorm Room Ideas for Design Lovers

No matter what you think about back-to-school season, most would agree that the design is always amazing! That’s because interior designers, product designers and retail brands are a little more adventurous as they try and appeal to college students, a young and trendy demographic. The result: some truly interesting and fun pieces that can be enjoyed by people of all ages! Whether you’re planning your dorm room or you just love design, the dorm room ideas that follow just might inspire your next design project. Ready to take a look?…

Go Boho

First up: the growing number of Boho-modern design items currently on the market. And leading the pack is Urban Outfitters, a top-selling brand (heavily marketed to college students) that’s done an amazing job of blending the retro, the modern and the downright dreamy! If you’re looking to go Boho in your dorm room, start with a comforter that celebrates a laid-back vibe. This Tim Green for DENY Mooncrooner Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters just might do the trick:

Dreamy bedding from Urban Outfitters

Floral-esque patterns are also a popular Boho choice, and this Magical Thinking Meadow Paisley Medallion Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters is classy without being formal. Plus, it’s on sale right now!

Paisley duvet cover from Urban Outfitters

A popular Boho-modern trend involves mixing it up with metal, and this Urban Outfitters 4040 Locust Wire Cubby Shelf is the perfect solution for closet organization:

Wire storage shelf from Urban Outfitters

Did somebody say “organization”?! Good thing CB2 has a slew of baskets that are perfect for keeping your room tidy while adding a dash of Boho style. Stash them in the closet, under your bed, or on a shelf. If only all storage solutions were this stylish…

Storage baskets from CB2

Go Geo

If you love geo design, we have good news for you: this clean-lined, vibrant style is tailor made for dorm rooms! Just look at this dorm common area designed by IKEA! Follow the link for product details.

Colorful common room designed by IKEA

You can also take geo style in a soothing direction with soft colors, as shown by the Kelly Slater Organic Cloudbreak Duvet Cover + Sham from PBteen. To add to the breezy vibe, note that this bedding was “inspired by the fractured light of a sunset on the ocean” and exclusively designed with 11-time world surfing champ Kelly Slater. Need we say more?

Geo duvet cover from PBteen

Add even more geo style with a bold rug, such as SILLERUP from IKEA (shown below). Made of synthetic fibers, this hardy rug is also stain resistant. Plus, the thick pile means it serves as a helpful sound dampener while adding softness to the floor.

Black and white geo rug from IKEA

This Reinas Rug from CB2 is a great purchase when it comes to introducing color! Designed by Matthew Lew, the bold piece evokes the playful style of circus tent stripes. European wool is the material of choice:

Vibrant rug from CB2

Bring geo style to your closet with this Triangle Accessory Holder from Urban Outfitters, a helpful solution for keeping scarves, belts and other accessories in check. Then again, with its eye-catching design, you just might want to use it to display photos out in the open rather than stash it behind closet doors!

Triangle accessory holder from Urban Outfitters

Three cheers for the power of cubes! These Lacquer Lid Boxes from CB2 are an enticing blend of wood and lacquer, and you can choose from peach or blue for the lid. In case you’re wondering, in the photo below, these compact storage boxes are resting on wall-mounted storage shelves, also from CB2.

Colorful storage options from CB2

If you’re a fan of mixed materials, make some room on your tabletop for Urban Outfitters’ Magical Thinking Pyramid Mirror Box. Use it to hold jewelry, minerals or other treasures while punctuating your space with geo flair:

Metal pyramid box from Urban Outfitters

Go Practical

Last but not least, we highlight practical yet chic ways to make your dorm room as functional as it is stylish. Let’s start with this study nook from IKEA, which is filled with affordable furniture and accessories that are sure to keep you organized:

Organized desk area designed by IKEA

Don’t underestimate the power of a great desk. Keeping it light, airy and minimalist is an effective strategy for a space-challenged dorm room. This Metal Tubing Desk from Urban Outfitters combines metal and MDF in a retro-modern design:

Metal desk from Urban Outfitters

Every desk needs a good lamp. These Kennedy Task Lamps from PBteen feature adjustable arms so you can control the angle of the light. An antique brass finish is striking, especially when juxtaposed with a crisp color such as white or turquoise!

Task lighting from PBteen

Not all dorm rooms have adequate closet space! Standing wardrobes were once the way to go, but now keeping things out in the open is the preferred choice for design lovers. Not to mention, clothing racks on display force you to be selective with your pieces and encourage the curation of a capsule wardrobe. Say hello to the Standing Clothing Rack from Urban Outfitters:

Clothing rack from Urban Outfitters

Last but not least, college dorm and apartment life often involves a shared bathroom. Keep your powder room tidy with a range of handy accessories from IKEA. Items such as a shelving unit and a shower basket with suction cups go a long way in creating a functional powder room:

Shared bathroom solutions from IKEA

Are you planning the design of your dorm room for fall? Tell us about your favorite finds by leaving a comment below…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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