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College style: Playful Pastels

College is all about expressing your personal style! And, your college dorm room or apartment is the perfect blank canvas to do just that! This style lets you bring more heart into your home with the help of soft pastels, natural textures and playful shapes

Get the Playful Pastels look:


Start with one unifying piece for your room, like the SMÅSTARR twin duvet. Pulling colors and inspiration from this unifying piece will ensure the rest of your room is coordinated.

SMÅSTARR twin duvet

Layer cushions and throw blankets to make sure your home away from home feels comfy and cozy. GULLKLOCKA cushion cover, GURLI cushion cover and VÅRTÅTEL throw blanket are all nice additions to this pastel palette.

coordinating textiles


College is full of teenie-tiny rooms and non-existent closets, but luckily, IKEA is a pro at small space storage solutions! Here are a few that are perfect for your playful pastel look:

Storage product collage 1

LENNART drawer unit, TJENA box with lid (5x10 ¼x4 "), TJENA box with lid (12 ½x13 ¾x12 ½ ")

Storage product collage 2

HEJSAN magazine file, RÅSKOG utility cart, KUGGIS box with lid, SKUBB organizer with six compartments

Style tip: No need to settle for clunky filing cabinets. A sleek, low profile drawer unit like LENNART is perfect for papers, toiletries or – well, anything. 

LENNART drawer unit

Style tip: Find storage products that do double duty like the KNAPPER floor mirror and POFFARE wall clock

Double duty storage products

Coordinating accessories:

Now that you’ve got your style, continue the look throughout the room or into other areas of your college home.

A rug like STILLEBÄK brings comfort, warmth and color to those cold dorm floors.  


Bring your love of pastels and playful patterns into the bathroom with HÄREN bath towels and washcloths in white and the SKORREN shower curtain

coordinating bath items

Pastels while you study? Yep, UPPFATTA notebooks in pink and blue and LEIFARNE desk chair will keep your love for pastels going strong in your study area. 

coordinating desk items

Don’t forget to look up! Lightweight hanging decorations like UDDIG and MÅNGFALD add a little a touch of whimsy and are easily hung with just a bit of tape.  


Don’t leave your look in the dark! Fluorescent college lights can be a too harsh, so make your space feel homier with the JANSJÖ LED wall/clamp spotlight and SÄRDAL LED light chain.


Style tip: Clip pictures or artwork to your LED light chain for an added personal touch. 

pictures on LED sting lights


Put the finishing touches on your college space with decorative touches. For your playful pastels look, try these products: PJÄTTERYD picture, BILD posters, MÅNGFALD roll of tape, FULLFÖLJA roll of tape

decor and finishing touches

Style tip: decorative tape is great for dorms or apartments where you can’t nail things to the wall. Not only can it be used to hang up posters or pictures, it can also be placed in a pattern like faux wallpaper or a calendar.

decorative tape style tip

Undecided on your college style? Take this quick quiz to find your look!

For even more college style ideas and tips to help you get a handle on this exciting time, visit

Love the Playful Pastels look for your space? Let us know in the comments!






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