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Striped eclectic preppy bedroom designed by Sam Allen

Preppy Home Decor: What’s Your Style?

With Wimbledon in full swing, tennis fans and celebrities across the globe are donning their preppiest attire and heading to London to watch the tournament. To join in on the festivities, we’re taking a look at the different types of preppy home decor. Read on!

Palm Beach Preppy

Pink and green preppy tropical bedroom via Anne Hepfer

In various beach locales across the country – Palm Beach, Southampton, Newport – sun worshipers fill their homes with saturated, bold shades of hot pink and emerald green. Brands like Lilly Pulitzer reign supreme alongside palm prints, pom poms and contrasting trim. In this space, designer Anne Hepfer fully embraced the tropical theme, featuring fanned-out leaves in the drapery, upholstered headboard and bed skirt.

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Kravet 25845 Heat Wave Palm Fabric 2100 Lee Jofa 2011109 Stripe it Up Punch Green Fabric 72040 Peking Handicraft Riviera Turquoise Rectangles Embroidery Pillow Down Fill 176805
Jaipur Summer Breeze Pink Red Pillow Schumacher Zebra Palm Jungle Wallpaper Dash and Albert Fair Isle Pink Fuchsia Cotton Woven Rug

Traditional Preppy

Traditional preppy breakfast nook by Windsor Smith for Rue

On the more restrained end of the spectrum, fans of traditional preppy decor often employ neutral stripes, dark plaids and limited color palettes. When it comes to preppy brands, Ralph Lauren is king. In this dining area, designer Windsor Smith brightened up the space with white Chinese Chippendale chairs and an unexpected pop of yellow.

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Ralph Lauren lcf65546f Summer Cottage Plaid Indigo fabric 121796 Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp Linen Wallpaper Duralee 21009 Buttercup Fabric
Ralph Lauren lfy65303f Footpath Stripe Flax fabric 122360 Jaipur Luxe Black Pillow Fabricut 3835901 Farscape Cornflower Fabric

Eclectic Preppy

Striped eclectic preppy bedroom designed by Sam Allen

For the preppy decorator who wants to punch things up, take a cue from designer Sam Allen, who shared the room above in honor of Wimbledon.

Sam’s tip: “I love the combination of navy and white because it is so versatile. It goes with just about everything! In addition, stripes add depth and interest to a room. A great and simple way to achieve this is to use the pattern on a headboard and match it to the wall, adding a ton of character to the space.”

To ensure a perfect match, select a striped fabric and ask DecoratorsBest to have it backed for you.

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Scalamandre Barbados Navy and White Fabric Peking Handicraft Double Happiness Tangerine Embroidery Pillow Down Fill Scalamandre Le Tigre Ivory Gold Black Fabric
Karastan Carmel Palmero Chestnut Rug Schumacher Stripe Dot Fire Fabric Ralph Lauren Island Stripe Wallpaper

Garden Preppy

Garden preppy dining room via HGTV Magazine

The garden preppy look shares elements with the Palm Beach preppy style, but it’s a softer version, incorporating floral and chintz patterns, less saturated shades, and generally, a more subdued aesthetic. It’s often seen as a feminine decor style, but as we all know, real men wear pink – and they decorate with it, too!

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Schumacher Manor Rose Breeze Fabric Lulu DK Lucia Raspberry Fabric Duralee 15370 Pool Fabric
Pindler and Pindler Ferrell Petal Fabric Clarke & Clarke Clarisse WP Duck Egg Wallpaper Peking Handicraft Antonia Embroidery Pillow Pom Pom Pink

So, which type of preppy decor do you like best?

Photo Sources: Anne Hepfer, Windsor Smith, David A. Land, HGTV Magazine

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Preppy Plaids: Classic with a New Twist

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In his new fabric collection for S. Harris, designer Isaac Mizrahi brings an edgy eye to the prepster look with a goal of producing classics “that don’t bore me.” The collection, much like his fashion lines, features silk taffeta plaids and velvet stripes paired with off-the-wall whimsical patterns like leopard prints and, our favorite, Glitterfluff.


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Designer Alessandra Branca’s new collection for Schumacher showcases traditional patterns with a modern point of view. Her use of over-sized watermelon red plaid, bold stripes and updated toile in this room is a fresh take on the preppy lifestyle that reminds us of Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2013 line. When recreating this look, we recommend dark walls to ground the space.

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Plaids have been around for ages, yet we’re seeing them in a new way this year. High-end fashion brands like Céline made us fall in love with the pattern all over again by mixing a multitude of them together in various shades. Take a cue from this room and combine different plaids & tartans like Burley – Sorbet on couch cushions and pillows.

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Plaids are often associated with the equestrian lifestyle, a look quite popular in fashion at the moment. We are head-over-heels for the marriage of the two in this stable-turned-dining room. Although a dining set in a stable is unusual, plaid—like those in Ralph Lauren’s Fairfield collection—is what ties this fun holiday entertaining idea together.


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Bright & Preppy: Decor Inspired by Lilly Pulitzer

Deemed the “Queen of Prep,” late designer Lilly Pulitzer put bright colors on the map for those who leaned towards a classic American wardrobe. Today, preppy has been changed forever thanks to Lilly’s Palm Beach color sensibility (lime green & hot pink anyone?) and happy-go-lucky design aesthetic. “Being happy never goes out of style,” said Lilly in 2004, and if lime green & pink make people feel happy, this couldn’t be more true because we’re seeing it in the homes of style setters today. Check out some of our favorite looks inspired by Lilly Pulitzer:

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Lilly Pulitzer in her Miami Shop, 1962

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Floral Pink Bedroom

Clean lines and crisp white bedding combined with a playful floral upholstered headboard is a great way to add cheer to a bedroom.


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Lee Jofa Fabric – Racy Lacey – Scallop Pink
Duralee Fabric - 36136-4 Pink
Duralee Fabric – 36136-4 Pink

Sophisticated Prep

Lime green & bright pink can be sophisticated when paired with delicate gold accents. We like a pink damask as the feature pattern with solid throw pillows


Fabricut Fabric - Wakefield - Coral 3012410
Fabricut Fabric – Wakefield – Coral
Greenhouse Fabric - A3116 - Azalea
Greenhouse Fabric – A3116 – Azalea
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Kravet Fabric – 30787 – 333
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Fabricut Fabric – Oolong – Candy

This colorful room is comprised of patterns by Lilly Pulitzer herself! Her daring style fearlessly combines bright prints, but there is always a clean cut element (here, the turquoise checks) to provide structure.


Lee Jofa Fabric - Heritage Floral - Aqua/Orange 2011106-512
Lee Jofa Fabric – Heritage Floral – Aqua/Orange 2011106-512
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Lee Jofa Fabric – Shell We – Keen Peach
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Lee Jofa Fabric – In A Twist – Seafoam


Poppy pink & kelly green work just as well with Asian-inspired patterns and bamboo decor. The addition of a colorful plaid accent that utilizes the colors in the room adds brightness and ties the look together. Keep the walls neutral–in this case, we like a natural grasscloth.

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Schumacher Fabric - Nanjing - Jade 174432
Schumacher Fabric – Nanjing – Jade
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Monticello - Tearose Pdl 3736-Tearose
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Monticello – Tearose
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Lee Jofa Fabric – Happy Plaid – Blue/Pink
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York Wallpaper – Grasscloth – CH7991

‘Kid’-ding Around

A child’s room is the place to put color! Neon hues of yellow, coral, pink, and green work together when most patterns utilize the same hues in different shades. Layer prints for visual interest, and round things out with a dab of white.

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Lee Jofa Fabric – In A Twist – Hibiscus
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Fabricut Fabric – Reel – Coral Garden
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Lee Jofa Fabric – Bimini Lilly – Pink
Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper - Bermuda Hemp - Grass Green PJ 5253
Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper – Bermuda Hemp – Grass Green
Duralee Fabric - 42125-198 Petal
Duralee Fabric – 42125-198 Petal

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Preppy Style Invades The Home

This fall outfit your home in true preppy style. Stick to clean lines like nautical stripes, which brings to mind days sailing the Sound. These classic looks are always in style.

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Duralee Blue Yellow Fabric at DecoratorsBest


Duralee Bluejay Fabric at DecoratorsBest


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Ralph Lauren Cliff House Stripe Fabric in Black Sand at DecoratorsBest


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For those Preppies who are wild about their logos–the alligator of Lacoste, the Polo player of Ralph Lauren and the whale of Vineyard Vines–Schumacher’s Caribou might appeal to their design aesthetic.

Schumacher's Caribou Embrodiery in Charcoal at DecoratorsBest

Or Robert Allen’s Horblit Ranch fabric in Pebble.

Robert Allen Horblit Ranch - Pebble at DecoratorsBest

A preppy’s greatest accessory? Their ribbon belt.

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Try incorporating the look into your home with bold stripes.

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Greenhouse Pink Striped Fabric at DecoratorsBest

Go Prep this fall and incorporate some of these styles into your home. To see more of our collection of fabrics and wallpapers visit us online at DecoratorsBest.com.




Your Guide To A Preppy Chic Home

Your Guide To A Preppy Chic Home

Conservative and endlessly chic, preppy translates from your wardrobe to your decor with collegiate inspired fabrics from Schumacher, Kravet, Duralee, and Ralph Lauren. Invest in this timeless look and save money as your house remains in vogue while your neighbors redecorate with every new trend. Follow design pro Barbara Karpf’s three easy tips and your home will become a classic installment of intellect and style.

Tip 1. Preppy Chic With Clean Lines & Muted Plaids

The keys to successful prep-styled decor are clean lines, high-quality textiles, simple prints, and updated traditional plaids. Upholstered in a solid texture, the updated shape of this headboard counters the rich plaid duvet with a distinctly modern starkness. Pinch pleat drapes hang gently behind the headboard and the small herringbone pattern gives an edge to the plaid.

Get the modern preppy look with masculine bedding using Greenhouse’s “75075-Chocolate” tartan plaid with Schumacher’s luxurious “Dillon Velvet Houndstooth.” Don’t be afraid to layer patterns, just be sure to vary the print scale and keep the colors simple.

Just in time for Fall, Schumacher‘s new Luxe Lodge Wovens collection offers a contemporary interpretation of plaid, houndstooth, and herringbone fabrics. For a uniquely preppy drape try “Colorado,” a reversible weave that combines windowpane plaid and oversized herringbone.

Top off the look with Schumacher‘s new “Bancroft Wool Throw,” perfect for keeping warm during cool fall evenings.

Visit our New York City Design Room and shop Schumacher‘s Luxe Lodge Wovens in person!

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Left to Right: 75075 – Chocolate | Bancroft Wool Plaid – Fog | Montana Wool Plaid – Oxford Grey | Colorado – Aqua/Celadon | Dillon Velvet Houndstooth – Antelope | Bancroft Wool Throw – Malt

Tip 2. Go Ivy League With Durable Denim & Bright Plaid

Madras plaids, denim, and coordinating stripes will transition seamlessly from a baby to a child’s room, and later teenager’s den. Inspire your budding Ivy Leaguers with clean cut surroundings that will grow with them and save you money so you can spend less on new drapes and more on their college funds.

Create a classic preppy yet kid friendly look using durable and colorful fabrics. Keep the walls simple and focus on the details. Here are a few helpful hints:

Select a dark denim base fabric that can be trimmed with plaid for curtains or upholstered onto a headboard. Balance a dark indigo base with a light denim welt on the headboard, pillows, and curtains.

Plaid bedding translates from a crib to a twin bed with a few additions. Use the same plaid fabric from the drapes to create a bedspread with stripes on one side and plaid on the other. Reintroduce the light denim as welting and pillow shams and the dark denim as ribbon trim on the duvet and pillows.

Coordinating stripes accentuate the plaid and highlight the denim. Pair Kravet’s “31652-516” with Duralee’s “31873 – Lemon” for a boy’s room and Stout’s “Calder – Candy” with Duralees “31873 – Pink” for a girl’s room. Stripes also look great as accent pillows or upholstery on chairs.

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Left to Right: K 17440-50 | Watermill – Denim | K 31652-516 | D 31873 – Lemon | Calder – Candy | 31873 – Pink

Tip 3. Live Like A Lady With Flowers & Stripes

Plaid may be the first pattern that comes to mind when considering a preppy look, but it does not have to dominate your room. Capture the essence of preppy-chic with delicate florals and stripes for large furniture and drapes with plaid accents that introduce bright colors.

Achieve a lady-like atmosphere with these suggestions:

Upholster your favorite love seat with Ralph Lauren’s Garden Harbor Floral to create a focal point. Enhance the effect with chairs upholstered in a corresponding stripe. Pull in the plaid with bright pillows and soften with a textured solid, such as Kravet’s 31594-15, a pale blue cotton herringbone, that looks great as an ottoman and welting.

Don’t forget the drapes! A small blue and white paisley or polka dot unites the solids and the floral and creates an elegant backdrop. We love both Kravet’s Kemi paisley and Schumacher’s Camilla Eyelet.

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Left to Right: Garden Harbor Floral – Sky | D 32080 – 122 Blossom | Avon Gingham Plaid – Raspberry/Ivory | K 31594-15 | Kemi – 15 | Camilla Eyelet – White

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