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Back-to-School Style for Design Lovers of Any Age

Each July and August, top brands roll out the latest in dorm and apartment decor. It’s back-to-school season, after all! If the design is good, there’s no age limit to those who can enjoy shopping these new collections. The top three reasons we love dorm decor: it reflects current trends, it’s affordable, and it’s often space-saving. What better way to learn about the latest in modern design while honoring your budget and space constraints?! Below we’ve rounded up a stellar collection of dorm and apartment finds that can be enjoyed by all. Cheers to a big dose of back-to-school style! [decor below from Urban Outfitters]

Urban Outfitters’ Boho Campus Style

Nobody does dorm decor like Urban Outfitters. The brand’s On Campus collection manages to incorporate top trends with sophisticated style. As a bonus, there are always a few edgy pieces thrown in. Even if you’re not a young adult, you can enjoy perusing the new offerings, and no item is too small to be eye-catching. For starters, the these Ivy Ceramic Tumblers are available in natural and turquoise tones. Stoneware takes a dreamy turn, thanks to a speckled finish and the strategic use of glaze.

Timeless and classic, the Rosella Towel Rack is crafted from bamboo and rattan, creating just the right amount of Boho style, mixed with just the right amount of storage. Three bars and a base shelf get the job done:

We’ll never get tired of these Shelly Round Velvet Pillows, which have reflected a range of different color palettes in recent seasons. Versatile enough to work in a formal living room or a cheerful child’s room, they’re certainly perfect for the dorm room as well. And who doesn’t love a good scallop motif?!

For a big dose of texture, add the Geo Tufted Tassel Throw Blanket to your bed or sofa. Available in Honey and Rose (shown below), this substantial textile is the perfect finishing touch. The pattern proudly commands attention, yet neutral tones keep this blanket from taking over the space it inhabits.

Need a place to stash that throw when not in use? This Leaning Blanket Ladder is available in three unique color renditions. The two-tone version caught our attention:

A chill showpiece, the Gemma Floating Nightstand Shelf is so popular it’s on backorder. But some things are worth the wait, especially when they’re a budget-friendly $59!

Target’s Sleek Modern Selections

From the boho to the sleek/modern, we now turn our attention to some of Target‘s more streamlined pieces. If you regularly shop at this beloved everything-under-one-roof retailer, you know how much fun back-to-school season can be. Whether you’re looking for a neon pillowcase or you want a throw pillow with some attitude, there’s a find for every design flavor. Yet don’t underestimate the more sophisticated dorm decor offerings! Beautifully designed with its modern simplicity, the Project 62 Loring Writing Desk features a black metal base. Bonus: it can double as a console table.

This Touraco Writing Desk in brown and white in undeniably versatile. Place it in the most minimal of spaces so its retro-style white detailing can really shine, or give it the power to add eclectic flair to the most feminine of rooms:

If you like what you see above, do note that the Touraco line also offers a nightstand version of the design. Because who wouldn’t be happy waking up next to this every morning?!…

Whether you’re hunting for a desk chair or a dining chair, this Room Essentials Upholstered Chair in Gray has a sleek form and a channeled pattern that gives it instant contemporary style. Grooves make all the difference when it comes to compact seating:

If you need a sling chair for the corner and you’re on a tight budget, consider dropping a mere $45 on this Room Essentials Sling Chair. Bonus points if you accent it with a faux sheepskin pillow!

Of course, Target is known for much more than sleek modern style. It can play with the best of the boho, as shown in the delicious bedroom vignette below. Whether you’re heading back to school or you’re looking to update your space, there’s a lot of inspiration to take from this year’s dorm and apartment decor finds. ‘Tis the season for good design. Enjoy it!

Thanks for reading, and cheers to a fabulous fall.

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