The Golden Dorm Room

Dorm Bedroom Design Ideas (Interior Design tips and tricks to make your preppy dorm room stand out! ) | Progression By Design

The Bedding

| Duvet Cover, Pottery Barn Teen | Euro Sham, Pottery Barn Teen | Gold Foil Throw Pillow, Target | Furry Pillow, Pier 1 Imports |

When you are living in a space as tiny as a dorm room, your bed will automatically take center stage. Splurge a little on a few pretty pillows and a duvet cover! It will make a huge difference and really kick your space up a notch. I would pair this bedding with simple white sheets, or white sheets with black trim to pull in the black from the Euro Sham and art work.

In addition to the bedding above, I would also get a custom dorm bed skirt made. No this isn’t necessary, but they really are worth the extra money and completely hide all of your junk that you will be storing underneath your bed. I would go with either a plain white one, or again, white with a simple black trim! Many of those custom dorm websites also offer other goodies like custom head boards and curtains. If your budget allows for either, I would definitely add those as well!

The Artwork

| Black and White Abstract Art Piece, Emily A. Clark | White Frames, Ikea | Vogue Art Print, Etsy |

I paired the white, black, and gold bedding with a few simple art pieces. Ladies, I have good news! You can make the black and white abstract art piece yourself! I know. I’ll just start calling you Picasso from here on out. The abstract art piece that I used was created by the ever so lovely and talented Emily A. Clark. She shares some of her tips on creating professional looking abstract art at home on her blog. I put some simple white frames in the middle for a couple of black and white personal photos, and finished the arrangement off with a Vogue art print.

The Desk

| Palm Leaf Pillow, Etsy | Ghost Chair, Biz Chair (only $69!!) | Bubblegum Lamp, Urban Outfitters | Gold Stapler, Kate Spade or Target | Storage Bins, Target | Topiary, Design Darling |

I picked out some delicious looking gold and lucite accessories to adorn your desk! You are there to learn, so you might as well make your desk pretty since you will be spending so much time there! I would highly suggest getting rid of the chair that comes furnished with your dorm. Ew. Not only is it unattractive, it takes up WAY too much visual space. Using a lucite ghost chair will make your dorm room appear much larger. I added a palm leaf pillow for a pop of color, but feel free to use another black and white pillow if you want to keep the color scheme as is!

When it comes to decorating your dorm, there are so many options and styles to choose from! Check back for another preppy dorm room mood board in the next few days featuring the best color combination known to man… Gold star for you if you guessed navy and hot pink! In the mean time, check out Dorm Room Design Rules and then go find your perfect school tote here!




  • Reply Nicole August 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    You should just call this post “The Golden Room,” because I don’t live in a dorm but I’m totally loving the inspo here! I love what you put together babe. x Nicole |

  • Reply Annie August 27, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I’m totally loving the pillows you selected! Also that lamp so so perfect 😀

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  • Reply Hannah August 27, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Gold is such a chic color these days! I wish I thought to use it years ago when decorating my room!
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  • Reply Ashley August 27, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    If I was back in college, this is the dorm room I would want!! So gorgeous!

    xo Ashley

  • Reply Shane August 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I only wish I rocked a dorm room that glam 🙂

  • Reply Heather Serra August 28, 2015 at 7:36 am

    More issues than Vogue! I love that!! lol. You’ve got some great pieces here. I’ve been wanting a ghost chair for some time now. I just love that look.
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  • Reply Kaitlin August 28, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Just beautiful picks, but seriously thank you for this!! I’ve been dreaming and obsessing over gold foil pillows from West Elm and Anthro, and this target one is awesome and much less expensive! love! Xx
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  • Reply Jenny August 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Okay I need the palm leaf pillow and that ghost chair immediately.

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  • Reply Ashley Mason August 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Love this inspiration! My favorite is the chair!
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  • Reply Kayleigh August 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Love this! Such cute picks!

  • Reply Seersucker Sass August 28, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    GORGEOUS inspo! I love the “More Issues Than Vogue” print.

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  • Reply Macarena August 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I’m currently working on decorating my new home! Deff using this for inspo.

    xo //

  • Reply Tiffany Khyla August 30, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Loving this! I love gold. I never thought I could fall in love with a lamp, but I’m pretty sure it just happened, and I need that one in my life right now.
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  • Reply Ally August 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I LOVE gold accents!
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