When decorating my room for the second time of my college career, I knew that I wanted color and lots of it. In my room at home, I hardly have any color with beige painted walls, and brown (ugly) muted sheets. I'm not usually a "color person" but I was craving color for this small portion of what was to be my room. Both my roommate and I went with the same colorful theme, but my side is warmer toned that hers with corals and light pinks. When coming up with this color palette, I first started with a pillow that actually matches nothing on my side of the room. You can slightly see the magenta sticking out from behind the butterfly pillow. It's so much more elegant than everything else on the bed and has a victorian style print. I knew I wanted coral for my room also, and I thought of colors that went with coral. In my opinion, that color is navy blue... So that's how I figured out what type of comforter to go with. I knew I wanted something blue because I had blue for my room last year (along with yellow and gray). Honestly, this is a lot of color for me, but I love how things are looking so far - 4 weeks in. I wouldn't personally use all of these colors in a future house of mine, but for a dorm room, something happy and cheerful to walk into every day is a must.
Can you see I tried to mimic the colors in the picture above? (I tried!) I think these colors somehow go together nicely. The blue anchors everything down, while the magenta adds a pop of randomness and the coral and pink keep everything warm and subtle. I just love how my body pillow cover matches my blanket. Win, win on those finds at Target. Now, onto those 6 dorm room essentials that I think you need (in my opinion):