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3 Color Palettes for Your Dorm That You and Your Roommate Will Totally Agree On

published Aug 12, 2019
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Designing a dorm room is a unique challenge. You’re usually sharing the space with someone else, and if it’s your first year, you’ll likely be paired with someone you’ve never met. Plus, you have to do it all on a budget. But trading design ideas can be a great way to break the ice and to get to know your new roommate. Here are three different styles to get your shared Pinterest board started, all using affordable decor ideas from Target.

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This style is perfect for minimalists who still want to make a statement. Begin with a blue and gray bed (stripes make for a slightly more grown-up look), and warm it up with affordable accents like a woven rug (for less than $10), a plush blanket, and pillows in rich textures—try this luxe velvet. Removable decals let you get creative with affordable wall coverings, and a letterboard is great for leaving motivational messages for one another.

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For a roommate pair looking for something a bit brighter, try this peach-toned look. It’s a color that goes great with gray, blue, or beige: Imagine this windowpane comforter (starting at $15 for a twin or twin XL bed) paired with blue floral sheets, for example. Then choose throw pillows and a rug in your accent shade, and try a tapestry on the wall. You can each pick your favorite print to coordinate to keep things from going too matchy-matchy.

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Everything goes with budget-friendly black and white bedding. It’s high-contrast, so it’s perfect for incorporating patterns, like printed sheets, wall-hung tapestries, and striped pillows. Textures like faux-fur sheepskins add some extra comfort. And for personality points, each of you can choose lamps and throw pillows in your favorite colors. This no-brainer style will turn any room into a welcoming den that doubles as a relaxed study space and cozy hang-out.