Dorm design dilemma

Posted on Wed, 21 May 2008 by KiM

Kim wrote us hoping we could help her with a design dilemma: “I am a uni student living on campus. My uni room is quite large and easily fits a king sized bed, a bar fridge, a bedside table and two tables. I am looking for an ethnic and minimal look (if that even exists). The walls are the real ugly dorm room walls. I have tried covering two of them up with pictures but am left with one really large blank wall. Any more pictures will definitively defeat the minimal look I’m going for. Any suggestions?? The room currently has a burgundy Thai bedspread with silk cushions, Turkish carpet and a Moroccan inspired lantern. Any help is appreciated!!”

Kim – your room sounds gorgeous so far! I have a couple of suggestions for you – an ornate wood mirror, carved wooden panels, a fab piece of fabric simply tacked up, or a big (but flat) tropical plant. Below are some photos of ethnic bedrooms and a couple living rooms for inspiration. We’d love to see photos of the room once completed!

Gaelle Le Boulicaut Gaelle Le Boulicaut
PointClickHome indigo design
Selina Lake Canadian House and Home
Muriel Brandolini Heather Cameron
Gaelle Le Boulicaut House of Pictures
Living at Home Domino
Johnny Bouchier Marie Claire Maison

IF+D says:

These photos are so gorgeous! They are exotic but not overdone. I think they could be adapted to many different homes!

love the idea of tacking fabric on the wall!

The dorm sounds so nice and LARGE- I was lucky if I didn’t get a panic attack every night due to claustrophobia!

karina says:


i just chanced upon your blog, and i have to say, you’ve got a fantastic eye for things. absolutely gorgeous selections!

Peggy says:

Wow. Great post! This collection of pics is absolutely fab. What great inspiration for a dorm room! My college dorm never looksed so good – I am amazed at young people’s eye for design these days. I hope we get to see how Kim decorates her room.

I also see some great inspiration for studio apartments.

Now I want minimalist ethic rooms too!

Kim says:

These pictures are yummy! Thankyou for the inspiration. I knew the ethnic-minimalistic look existed!

I think the fabric on the wall would look really nice and the hanging lanterns look pretty good in the picture. I will try to send pics when Im done.

I bought a plant like you suggested and some scented candles in jeweled toned holders. Balancing functionality and aesthetics in a dorm room is pretty difficult but Im not going to give up!

i just love the middle eastern theme! it instantly adds culture and a “lived-in” feel to a home. beautifully done.

Leigha says:

What a post full of deliciousness. Really lovely collection of images and ideas!

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