Dorm Room Ideas

Now, you can decorate your room however you like- there are all sorts of styles, and all sorts of guides out there. But we think that a preppy look is always going to work at college. What exactly do we mean by preppy? Well, there isn’t really an exact definition that completely fits what preppy really means; it originally referred to members of well-off families from the North East, and their lifestyle.

There are a few key ideas that what type of art you’d like in your living space, though. Neat and clean cut. Bold patterns and striking colors. And monograms everywhere! If you’re having second thoughts about the kind of look you want to go for, this look hardly ever fails. And these few basic ideas are really easy to incorporate into your design, too.

So without any further ado, let’s take a look at some new preppy dorm room ideas for 2018!

Decorating With Bold Colors

Our first tip is to make the most of bright, clean colors. These colors can be whatever you like, but if you’re going for a preppy look, the best colors are warm- reds, oranges, pinks, and maybe some contrasting blue. Choose one or two colors that you really like, and splash them around here and there, although only sparingly.

These colors should be contrasted against a clean background, and the best color for that by far is white. Having these colors against a white background helps them to ‘pop’, or in other words, to stand out. It helps accentuate your use of color in the room.

Bear in mind that you shouldn’t go overboard with color, because the preppy look only really works when it’s not too ‘in your face’. The colors should contrast and stand out nicely, but not necessarily be too bright- so a nice normal blue and green is a nice combination. Hot pink might be a step too far, but rose might be nice.

Mix and Match Your Decor

Patterns work just as well as colors in the preppy look. But again, they should only be used minimally. The pattern can be polka dots, which are an absolute mainstay, or it can be parallel lines or zig zags. These patterns work best with high contrast colors like black and white, or maybe you could use your school colors.

A great example is a throw blanket on the end of your bed. It’s big enough that the pattern makes an impact, but it’s small enough that it’s not going to ruin the look of the room! To help the contrast stand out, you can even have two different patterns, for instance one zig zag and one polka dot.

There are loads of patterns you can pick from, but plaid is a really good option for a preppy dorm. It stands out really well against a plain background, too.

Beautiful Room Ideas

One very common part of the preppy look is the monogram. This comes from how those who are more well off tend to have their initials monogrammed on their stuff: their polo shirts, baseball caps, the front gates to their houses… For some people, they want their monograms on everything!

You don’t have to have monograms on everything from your lamp shade to your carpet, but having one will complete the preppy look in your dorm. The font doesn’t necessarily have to be flowery like on a wedding invite, because big and blocky looks just as good.

As far as furniture goes, you’re going to want to consider something that you and your friends can chill on while you’re hanging out trying to figure out what to do.  Trust me, you’re going to be spending a lot of time hanging out in your dorm, whether that be for actual studying or planning your next night out.

We don’t want the friend figures sitting on upside down trash cans alright?

Now, we know there’s not much space inside your college dorm to fit everything you want but you don’t have to completely compromise.  That’s for relationships, not for dorms.

Be sure to include some type of rug to avoid spilling on your carpet (you’re going to want your deposit back), and find as many ways as possible to limit bringing food or beverages into your room itself.

If you find yourself struggling to choose what design or style you’d feel most comfortable with, consider looking at collections online through means like Pinterest or other social media platforms.  Hashtag searching through Instagram typically yields great results when you’re just browsing for ideas – give this a try and let us know how it goes!


Showing College Pride

College pride never hurts, even if you aren’t going for a particular look in your room! The preppy look is originally based on the set of people who went to particular schools- first prep schools, hence the name, and then the Ivy League colleges of the North East. Preppiness is basically based on college and college styles, so college pride fits right in.

The most obvious way to show school pride is to use the school colors in your design. If you’re unlucky enough that your school colors are a strange combination of bright lilac and red, then you might have to choose something else. But most schools have really nice color schemes like red and white, or blue and orange. These combos look really good in a color scheme.

Alternatively, some pennants fit in nicely on the wall, maybe on either side of the monogram you hung up earlier. Picking decorations related to sports common in Ivy League schools also helps, like lacrosse or rowing. Sporty and preppy go hand in hand, so this would be a great look for you.

Speaking of rowing…

Nautical Decor

Nautical isn’t necessarily a big part of the preppy look, but it fits right in. And the good news is that it’s quite popular now anyway! Things like anchors and sailboats are really popular decorative designs right now. Not real anchors, or real sailboats, but pictures of them, or having them incorporated in a pattern.

Things of a nautical theme, quite naturally, fit in with a blue and green color scheme. Matching pattern, color and theme really is the object of design; so nautical might be a good place to start. The good thing is that nautical seems to be everywhere right now, so you’re not going to have any trouble finding inspirational. Just check out Pinterest on any given day!

If you’re not into all things nautical, the limit is really only your imagination. You can pick anything from a number of other themes: beachy works too! But seriously, if you can’t think of a theme that fits, you can always just stick to a pattern like chevrons or plaid. These are really common in preppy circles anyway.