If you love preppy clothing, you may wish to extend the style into your home...but if you're not sure where to begin when it comes to decorating, we're here to provide you with some go-to tips. The following 25 rooms all embody preppy style to a T and serve as an excellent starting point as you begin your design journey. Bring on the pink and green, stripes, patterns, and so much more!
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Say Yes to Pink
In preppy homes, pink isn't just for children's rooms! Utilize this happy hue around the house as you wish. Here, it shines in a guest bedroom, where even the smallest details (such as charming tassels adhered to nightstand drawer pulls) make an impression.
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Decorate With Cane
Love cane furniture? You're in luck, as it's certainly a staple in preppy homes. Pair cane pierces with some bright colors to keep your space looking contemporary and full of pep. Another preppy fave? Burlwood, which makes an appearance via the mirror hanging above this chic console.
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Pair Pink and Blue Together
We often associate preppy style with an abundance of pink and green, but keep in mind that pink and blue can play just as nicely together. Preppy style is all about the use of sweet shapes and patterns, too. Bring on the scalloped edges (like we see on this sofa and coffee table), and of course, don't forget those stripes!
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Incorporate Coastal Accents
Preppy spaces oftentimes lean coastal, so don't be afraid to draw seaside elements into your room: think wicker, soft white fabrics and furnishings, and of course, lots of blue tones.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Say Hello to Navy
Navy is another favorite preppy hue and complements a number of other tones. This layered, scalloped mirror adds so much elegance to the bathroom.
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Preppy spaces are known for being orderly and sophisticated. Touches like a stylish table lamp, some framed photos, and a vase filled with fresh flowers will go a long way.
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Include Animal Motifs
Preppy rooms are often quite playful—take a cue from Lilly Pulitzer's signature patterns and bring some animal motifs into the mix. We love this charming wicker elephant stool that will bring a smile to kids' and adults' faces alike.
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Say yes to gingham! It's not just a pattern for clothing; it looks equally lovely on your walls as well. Blue and white gingham wallpaper is excellent for a child's room and can be mixed with a variety of other prints.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Grab a Jute Rug
Jute rugs are known for being durable and classic and are often spotted in preppy spaces. Preps like to invest in well-made pieces that will stand the test of time, and a jute rug is a perfect example of such a piece. Again, we see some coastal touches at play in this space.
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Weave in Some Wicker
Wicker is another must-have material in preppy homes. Why settle for a plain wooden bookcase when you can pick up a piece with a bit of whimsy?
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Pick Famous Patterns
Some patterns are immediately associated with preppy style—one, in particular, being Scalamandre's zebra print, which is shown here. Used in blue and white, it's perfect for a child's room.
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Bring on the Bistro Chairs
French bistro chairs are quite common in preppy dining spaces and come in an assortment of festive colors. Preps love to host and gather with friends, so designing a dining room that can accommodate the entire crew is a must.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Display Equestrian Themed Decor
Many preppy rooms feature some sort of equestrian-themed design, often in the form of wall art. Here, a picture depicting a horse race pops against white and beige wallcoverings.
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Show off That Paisley
Paisley is a preppy print that's been around for quite some time and doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Preps are all about embracing tried and true decorating styles rather than experimenting with trends.
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Go Wild for Ikat
Ikat is a beautiful print that is having a comeback. This dining nook functions as the perfect spot for sipping coffee and cranking out some work. Also, when decorating a preppy space, don't forget pleated lampshades galore—pick a few favorite patterns to showcase.
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Swoon Over Stripes
Preps will always have a soft spot for stripes. Striped sofas, pillows, rugs, wallcoverings...all of the above are more than suitable in a preppy room.
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Look to the Outdoors
This green and white wallpaper adds plenty of spirit to this breakfast room. Preps love gardening and spending time outdoors, so why not pay homage to that with a cheerful leaf print?
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Transform a Basic Bathroom
Even your powder room can get a preppy upgrade! Swap out builder-grade sconces for some scalloped alternatives, jazz up your drawer pulls with tassels, and place toothbrushes in a metal julep cup to elevate your countertop.
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Add Wonder to a Child's Space
Kids' rooms are excellent places to go bold with stripes and loud patterns. Here, a green and pink canopy turns a standard daybed into a dreamy spot in which to unwind from the day.
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Style a Trunk
Preps love their trunks! Trunks are fabulous storage solutions in all types of spaces; in kids' rooms, they can neatly house toys, school books, or off-season clothing. A trunk can even double as a nightstand if you're short on space.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Add Pink to the Shower
Make the every day a little more fun by installing pink and white striped tiles in your shower. Who says the bathroom has to be bland?
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Get tropical with a pink and green combo like this one that's perfect for a beachside property. Preps are all about celebrating and having fun; there's no need to keep things subtle!
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Choose Pieces Thoughtfully
Wicker parasol lamps pop up in many preppy spaces and truly serve as works of art. Note that preppy homes are full of personality without being cluttered, so each furniture item and accent piece should truly serve a purpose.
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Keep it Classic
This preppy living room is a bit more subdued in nature than some of the other spaces that we've seen, but it still contains classic blues, whites, and grays. A design like this one is bound to stand the test of time.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Pair stripes and florals together in a lounge space, dressing room, or home office. Hydrangeas are a preppy flower fave if you're looking to honor one type of bloom in particular.