Preppy Decorating Ideas
Colorful polka dots, stripes, and classic color combos lend a fun, traditional feel to contemporary homes.
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.
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.
Preppy pieces need not overwhelm a room. A simple striped rug and upholstered ottoman can do the trick.
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.
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.
Soft & Sophisticated
Classic stripes and tailored slipcovers in pale pink and blue put a twist on tradition.
Cotton-candy pink and mint green show the softer side of preppy’s classic hot pink and Kelly green combo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.