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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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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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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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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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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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A Masculine Study by Sam Allen

Masculine study by Sam Allen - Photo by Keith Scott Morton

We asked designer Sam Allen for his tips on dad-friendly decor, and he recommended making the bones of the room masculine, much like the wood paneling and mossy brown grasscloth in this study. To integrate the room with the rest of the house, he layered in artifacts like a hand-loomed ikat rug.

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A Bold Bedroom by Timothy Corrigan

Red bold bedroom by Timothy Corrgan - Photo by Eric Piasecki

For a Father’s-Day-appropriate bedroom, designer Timothy Corrigan told DecoratorsBest that he enhanced this space’s masculinity with charcoal-painted trim and classic artwork. The red diamond-patterned wallpaper has a continental, urbane 1930s feel, and the colorful area rug and neutral bedding ensure that the whole household will feel at home.

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How to Expertly Mix Patterns: Exclusive Tips from Interior Designers

Looking to add some drama to your home’s decor with print? Learn to mix patterns like a pro with these exclusive tips from top interior designers.


This family room designed by Brian Patrick Flynn has just the right amount of playfulness. The red, white and blue color scheme tastefully riffs on the patriotic vibe while the pop art hanging over the hearth featuring LEGO® people offsets the motif.

Brian’s Tip: “Mixing patterns is one of the more complex elements of interior design. To pull it off, you’ll need a mix of prints ranging in scale–small, medium and large–and different types of prints. When different scale is used, you’ll avoid anything from becoming too busy or cluttered, and by diversifying shapes, you’ll strike the perfect balance of different lines. Here I used a medium plaid on the windows, a large scale houndstooth on the ottoman and a pinstripe on the chair upholstery.”


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Björn Björnsson’s design in this bedroom proves that combining patterns can be subtle and soothing enough for a bedroom. The floral medallion print on the pillows counterbalance the stripes of the bench & Greek key-esque design on the window treatments.

Björn’s Tip: “Mixing prints can be difficult especially if you would like to maintain the elegance of a room.  Make it easy by choosing one dominant color, like the soft blue I used in this bedroom, and add small black accents. I did this on the window’s shades, the chaise & the floor to give the space that sophisticated master bedroom quality.”

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We love how fresh and dynamic this room feels. “The space was actually in a lower level room that has no windows, so the object was to create color, interest and light by using patterns that enabled the space to feel bright,” explains designer Greg McKenzie.

Greg’s Tip: “Mixing patterns based on similar color values is a great way to create excitement. Use a common theme in the main colors to create a continuity that flows beautifully. Here, both the chevron striped pillows and the diamond pattern wallpaper contain orange and white while the pop of the turquoise adds balance.”

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The bedroom by Sam Allen is the epitome of teenage fun. The bold and colorful geometric and animal prints are youthful and the simple black trim on the bedding ties the whole look together.

Sam’s Tip: “You always want patterns to play off of, rather than compete with, each other. For example, the brown and white grosgrain ribbon applied in a diamond pattern relates to the orange and pink wool British flag pillow in this bedroom.  Most importantly, always remember to have fun with it in the end!”
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dining room by Elsa Soyars Interior Design photo by Bob Frame

Exclusive Designer Tips: How to Stylishly Use Wallpaper in Your Home

Have you noticed how popular wallpaper is these days? We got the scoop from four talented interior designers on how to stylishly decorate with wall coverings in your home. Check it out:


“My inspiration for my previous bedroom all came from the ‘Zebras’ wallpaper by Scalamandre,” says Allen. “I had been obsessed with it forever.” Because this particular wallpaper is large in scale and so bold, Allen opted to decorate the rest of the room with similar shades of brown, then accent with bursts of orange from his vintage Hermes boxes.

Sam’s Tip: Don’t be afraid of a statement-making wallpaper. A graphic wall covering is inspiring and adds major interest to the room, so build your desired color scheme around it.”

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Christine Gentile and team created a super glamorous spot to do laundry for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project Design Showhouse. “Our mission was to make this laundry room as functional and cheerful as possible,” explains Gentile, whose inspiration for the room stemmed from the playful wallpaper and its fun color palette.

Christine’s Tip: “Small spaces are instantly transformed with wallpaper that either adds color or texture. Make sure you use a wallpaper that is appropriate for the space, though. Many clients want to use grass cloth, but do not realize it is not meant for wet/damp areas.”

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The walls of Alex Papachristidis’ study are actually upholstered in the same fabric as the drapery and settee, but you can get the same look with matching wallpaper & fabric. “My apartment explodes with pattern and color,” explains Papachristidis, “I believe the most important place in the world is your own home, so my personal space is a reflection of how I like to live and what I value.”

Alex’s Tip: “If you use a matching print on the walls and elsewhere in the room, it’s important to get the balance right. Solid or more subtle prints make the design feel fresh and modern, even when the main pattern is quite traditional.”

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This neutral dining room’s textured floral wallpaper brings an element of sophistication to modern pieces. Soyars knew she wanted the walls to be the focus, so she kept most other patterns in the space small and understated, while accenting with silver accessories and traditional Chinese vases.
Elsa’s Tip: “Using wallpaper in a room with lots of white pieces creates drama. The right choice can do so much for the design of the room. Wallpaper signifies a well-finished and refined home–Like a classic designer suit, it’s a wonderful staple.”

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