Preppy Decorating Ideas

Colorful polka dots, stripes, and classic color combos lend a fun, traditional feel to contemporary homes.


J. Savage Gibson

Open-door Upholstery

Green grasses and the deep-blue ocean inspired this casual dining space. Thanks to the durable upholstery, these chairs can withstand the sand and water tracked in from the beach or pool.


J. Savage Gibson

Tailor Made

This master suite’s wraparound water views and crisp green palette create an inviting private retreat. Natural materials such as matchstick blinds, bamboo drapery hardware, and a driftwood lamp lend a rustic quality to the otherwise tailored furnishings.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Subtle Statement

Preppy pieces need not overwhelm a room. A simple striped rug and upholstered ottoman can do the trick.


Jeff McNamara

Summer Fresh

Lemonade-colored walls create a sunny backdrop for the cool green and blue fabrics in this bedroom. Bold striped, plaid, and polka dot fabrics pop against the neutral backdrop.


Roger Davies

Think Pink

Pairing a light pink fabric and darker pink floor turns up the contrast in this beachside space. Soft and daring, this combo complements and lends depth to paler shades while creating a fresh, cheerful feeling.


Tria Giovan

Soft & Sophisticated

Classic stripes and tailored slipcovers in pale pink and blue put a twist on tradition.


Jean Allsopp

Stand Ins

Cotton-candy pink and mint green show the softer side of preppy’s classic hot pink and Kelly green combo.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Gorgeous in Green

Natural wood details contrast with crisp green and white accents in this guest bedroom. The room’s understated elegance calls attention to its beamed ceilings and knotty pine walls, ceilings, and floors.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Mix & Match

Go casual with a combination of fabrics, colors, and materials. Start with the same soothing color for the walls and mismatched chairs, then experiment with plaids and florals. Use contrasting piping on accent pieces.


Richard Leo Johnson

Conversation Starter

Pretty pastels in green and blue pull this serene room together. Designer Jane Coslick repeated the dining chair fabric from the adjacent room on this round ottoman to unify the two spaces.


Richard Leo Johnson

Candy Land

A fresh coat of white paint and a candy-stripe fabric unify the mismatched set of dining chairs. Consistent window treatments allow adjacent spaces in this open floor plan to flow seamlessly.


Richard Leo Johnson

Portrait of Paradise

Playful polka dots and vibrant colored fabrics make this porch a happy place. Old wicker furniture was freshened with a new coat of paint and plush upholstered cushions.

preppy-porch-green-and-yellow cushions

Jean Allsopp

Flattering Imitation

On this porch, white walls, floor, and ceiling allow the views to take center stage. Only the bright green-and-white fabric and yellow polka dot pillows could dare compete.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Well Dressed

Red and blue striped furniture and rug set a traditional tone in this living room, while coral-themed throw pillows and yellow accents add a splash of sun.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Fresh Air Affair

Lush shades of green bring the outdoors in on walls, shades, and pillows, while clean white details pop against walls coated in bright paint.

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