This dorm decor inspiration board is inspired by old schoolhouses, vintage botanical prints, and sugary sweet retro colors. It's a little preppy, a little girly, and a little industrial—all at once. Balance preppy pastels with candy brights, vintage metals with retro woods, and bold typography with pretty illustrations.
Keep it sweet and simple with basic, solid or subtly-patterned bedding in a vintage-inspired peach or mint green. Accessorize with pillows that add a bold punch of color (like mustard yellow) and bit of pattern (such as a printed words).
Make that stereotypical dorm furniture work for you by accenting it with your own vintage pieces, like an industrial metal chair at the desk. Use an old file cabinet as a nightstand. (Bonus: it doubles as extra storage!) Add a brightly hued pouf for extra seating.
The inspiration behind this dorm room is the classic pull-down botanical, educational, and map chats. Hang a few of those alongside vintage-inspired, typographic prints and illustrations. Finish off with a cute pennant and retro wall clock.
Windows + Floor:
Dress the windows in solid curtains in a bold primary color pulled from the wall art, like grass green from the botanical print. Add some visual interest (and comfort) to the floor with a cream and charcoal striped rug.
Stacks of old books. Wire baskets. A chalkboard. Vintage fans. A little Greek bust. Small wooden boxes to organize school supplies. These are all things that'll fit right in with the old school aesthetic.
A little more visual inspiration:
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this schoolhouse-inspired dorm?