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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Today we’re here to talk about quirky ideas for your dorm room bedding -- maybe you’re just starting college this spring, feel like your current bedding isn’t satisfying enough, or you want ideas on how to decorate your room next year. No matter your reason for being here, we’ve got you covered! 

Two young girls sit on bed room

First, we should talk about what quirky means to us. It cannot be defined as any one, specific type of style. Quirky is a range of styles -- peculiar, unexpected, interesting, eccentric, bold, bohemian, alternative and so much more. Since you may be moving to college and need to build a beautiful dorm room to live in for the next year -- or four years-- you have some big decisions to make. 

Don’t let your parents go out, purchase an entire bedding set and let you have no say in how your room will look. One of the hardest parts of college life is adjusting to living independently once you arrive. Of course you will most likely have a roommate, but you will still be spending lots of time in your room -- sleeping, studying, hanging out with friends, or just relaxing. Because of this a personalized dorm room is essential for making the adjustment easier and feeling comfortable in your room. The more it represents you, the more it will feel like a second home. 

We think quirky is the best way to go because you get to express your personal style regardless of what is trendy, modern, and new. You will probably walk down your dorm hall as a freshman and see the same comforters, throw blankets, colors, and similar decor. Why follow along with what everyone else is doing when you have your own unique style waiting to be unleashed for everyone to see?

A quirky dorm room will get you noticed because you’ve gone against the norm. Making friends in college is also crucial to adjusting to this new life. An interesting dorm room is a step in the right direction. Especially if your room is drawing visitors from all over the building. With that being said -- here are some of our ideas on how to think outside of the box and build a room that doesn’t live up to expectations.

Remember, you’re the artist and your dorm room is your creation, so treat it like something special. We’ve gathered a few looks from social media that will help get your creative ideas flowing!

  • Simple DIY social media inspiration that is sure to make you stand out
  • Boho fantasy room that exudes comfort 
  • Dive into a sea of blue tones that will make your forget you live in a dorm room

DIY Simple Paradise 

Relax with these DIY flower decorations and simple yellow bedding inspired by @jasdlane

It was all yellow -- literally. Even though we’ve ranted about the horrors of an empty dorm room and those bare white walls. There are ways to add a little bit of spice to a plain dorm room. The flower accents take away from the emptiness of the wall and even compliment their color -- now that’s something you don’t see everyday. What’s extra quirky about this room is -- you guessed it, the flower wall decorations. Rather than buying some expensive wall art, this person took a do it yourself theme and put flowers you’d find at the arts and craft store directly on the walls. That’s definitely unique. 

You can embrace the DIY flower wall theme and do this too. Simply go to your nearest arts and crafts store, pick out some of your favorite flowers and leafy accents to go with them and some adhesive so they’ll stick to the walls. You can even take this a step further by pairing your flowers with the color of your bedding -- which appears to be exactly what this creator did with their room. You’ll notice how the majority of the flowers are yellow which matches the bedding. 

So, you know the drill. If your favorite color is purple, and your bedding is purple, then pick out some beautiful lavender sprigs to match. You could even get fancy with an essential oil diffuser and make your room smell like lavender too. 

Sometimes simple is better and this room is definitely simple, but it stands out because of the personal touches that went into it! Rest assured, if you decide to go this route, you can have peace of mind that you’ll be the only person in your residence hall with a room like this! 

If you end up at a college where plug in lights are not allowed, you can still achieve this look with a set of battery powered string lights. These do not get hot, so you won’t have to worry about them burning the walls. Hiding the battery pack can be your next DIY project!

Get the look with this cute chunky knit throw in natural. Click to shop!

This chunky knit throw blanket gives us feelings of home -- like something grandma made for you. The delicate light yellow color matches the theme we love about this room inspiration. Yellow is such a great color because it matches the sun and has a few more amazing qualities -- happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, freshness, and enlightenment to name a few. These are characteristics that every college student needs to brighten up their day -- especially in times of need like during the intense stress of finals week. 

If you love yellow as much as we do, then working with it is very simple. Select your favorite tones and away you go. You’ll have a happy and sunny dorm room every day of the week. 

Relaxation Fairyland 

Wall of dreams with simple bedding prints inspired by @bohemiandecor

Where do we begin with this room? The bed makes us feel like we want to lay there and watch movies all day -- and sometimes you will. It’s important to include some YOU time in college. If you constantly try to push yourself to work and study, at some point you will reach a breaking point. 

Back to our lovely bedroom -- the other thing we are loving is the wall of dream catchers. Usually you may see one in a room, but not an entire wall full of them! This is so unique and fun, especially if you have a few pieces you can’t choose between -- hang them all!

We are also loving the inclusion of fairy lights. Dorm rooms usually come with one light source on the ceiling, which is usually brighter than the sun and painful. Fairy lights or a lamp make a great addition for when you want to lay in bed at night without a bright light shining down on you. 

You can recreate this room by working with your favorite patterns, hanging a bunch of wall decor, including lights and adding a houseplant to purify the air in your dorm room. After all, residence halls are usually stagnant and in need of some fresh air. Plus having something to take care of is entertaining and will give you a new hobby. 

Get the look with this supersoft microfiber twin XL sheet set, available in multiple colors for the perfect look. Click to shop!

One thing we noticed about the inspiration above, aside from the wall of dream catchers and fairy lights, was the attention to stripe patterns. The comforter, the throw blanket, and a few of the accent pillows all stuck to one stripe theme. This might seem like a difficult look to pull off since solids are notoriously easier to work with that patterns, but the truth is, this is extremely simple. 

The comforter is white with black stripes while the throw blanket is blue with white stripes, and all of the accent pillows match the comforter. This is the key to recreating the look. Each pattern is neutral -- white and black with a pop of color in the throw blanket. You can recreate this look the same way by choosing stripe patterns that are mostly neutral then throw in a pop of your favorite color somewhere in the bedding. 

No White Walls in Sights 

Bask in a dreamy sea of blue tones inspired by @brandmbauer

We’ll be the first to say it, the vibes in this room are immaculate. If we didn’t know this was a dorm room, we never would have guessed. If you haven’t yet toured a college or university and visited a staged dorm room, then you’re in luck. Most of the time, staged rooms go above and beyond what you typically find on a college campus. When in reality, the first time you walk into your new dorm room, you’ll meet a sight that matches a horror movie. Four bare walls that have been smothered with layers of mismatched white and off-white paints, an empty desk and dresser, and a bare mattress sitting atop a lackluster bed frame. Immediately, the decorating needs to commence. 

There’s something to be said about the easiness of tapestries -- they are a huge way to knock out a good chunk of wall space. But when you add tapestries side by side, the entire wall disappears and you’re left with something that doesn’t resemble a dorm room at all. 

Now onto the bedding, even though there are a lot of different patterns and blue tones here, it all works. How you may ask? The answer is simple -- when you pair different tones of the same color together, you really can’t go wrong. The different patterns add a level of complexity and are definitely quirky and unconventional. We are feeling a strong sense of comfort from all of the fabrics -- the pillows, the blankets, and the tapestries. They envelop you in ease and coziness. 

Even though this room seems very personalized and difficult to recreate -- the truth is, recreating this room to match your taste is a breeze. Here’s our best tip -- if you like what you see, then you only need to do one thing. Pick your favorite color. Once you’ve decided, start buying all of your bedding in different shades of that color, then pick a few tapestries in different tones to match and you’ve got your own quirky dorm room. 

Get the look with this beautiful Loni wall tapestry in teal and blue tones! Click to shop.

Working with our blue theme -- this tapestry in blue and teal tones will work when paired with any other blue decor. So, if you love blue and want to go in the direction of the inspiration above, this is a great place to start. If you’re thinking of a different color, there are all kinds of tapestries out there to match your pick. The possibilities are endless. 

In this inspiration post we’ve covered a few ideas that we think are quirky and unique. From a simple DIY flower wall, to a wall filled with dream catchers, to no white walls at all -- there are multiple ways you can decorate your dorm room to match your personal style. 

As we’ve said, the best way to go about this is to start by choosing your favorite color and work from there. You won’t have to stress about matching colors if you decide to go with different shades of the same color -- they will all work together naturally. 

Just remember -- this is your dorm room, not the most popular dorm room on pinterest, so you don’t have to go with what everyone else is doing. We’ve seen enough pink, white, and gold dorm rooms to last a lifetime. Make your favorite colors shine with your individual style -- and remember, you’re the artist!