Last updated on May 3rd, 2017 at 04:33 pm
Do you dream in vibrant colors and vivid plaids? Whether your window overlooks a lush fairway or a bustling urban intersection, preppy design elements are a great way to add excitement to your home interior. Typically associated with the country club aesthetic, preppy decor has become a trend for anyone seeking an uplifting design scheme. Discover how to incorporate a little prep in your home with these eye-catching elements.
One of the most noticeable aspects of preppy decor is its bold use of color. Pink and green is a combination that enjoys widespread popularity. Whether in pattern form or applied to separate elements, these bright colors embody the prep persona. For a cheerful bedroom approach, consider a kelly green duvet cover paired with a carnation pink dust ruffle. If a dust ruffle is not an option, throw pillows are an equally excellent alternative. Contrast is a key element of preppy color schemes. A royal blue and white table skirt would be beautifully accented by red lacquered picture frames, just as a turquoise chair would be complemented by a soft white throw. Utilizing this sense of contrast helps you go preppy without going overboard.
An easy way to take advantage of preppy pizazz is through details. One simple way to do this is with a variety of piping and trim options. For trim, add complementary colored rickrack or grosgrain ribbon to throw pillows, sheets, window treatments or along the edge of a lampshade. Similarly, piping is a great detail to incorporate with upholstery. For example, update your sofa cushions with bold colored piping. Doing so will add interest and update your entire aesthetic. Bamboo accents are also example of prep-perfect details. Incorporate this trend by changing out traditional handles and hardware in favor of a bamboo alternative. Blue and white pottery is another fixture of preppy decor that’s easy to incorporate. Use this to dress up your mantle or tabletop. Last, but certainly not least, is the authentically preppy monogram. Bath towels and pillow shams are two great places to take employ this decorative accent.
Painted furniture is a key element of preppy design. To take advantage, you can purchase pre-painted pieces or simply paint pre-existing items. When considering color choice, think about the space the painted pieces will be occupying. If the room already features bold vibrant hues, opt for white- or black-painted furniture. This muted approach will add interest without being overwhelming. In a room with vibrant wall color and bedding, a palette of white furniture pieces serve as a perfect backdrop. The contrast will make each item pop while tying the complete aesthetic together. Conversely, a room that’s more monochromatic is the ideal place for brightly colored furniture elements. For instance, a set of lobster red end tables beautifully complement a natural tone sofa, just as a turquoise armoire would add lively excitement to bedroom decor.
In a variety of shape and form, patterns are an integral part of preppy decor. Stripes are a classic prep-worthy pattern that can be mixed into any design scheme. Whether applied to walls, fabric or even furniture, stripes are a surefire way to bring a touch of prep to your home interior. For a nautical theme, utilize navy blue and white, or, for a more playful approach, try bright green and pink stripes. Plaid is another mainstay of the preppy aesthetic. Because of its bold nature, this is a pattern that’s best used in small doses. For instance, an upholstered footstool would be an ideal place for incorporating plaid. Similarly, houndstooth, herringbone and tartan are also examples of preppy patterns. Mixed and matched in moderation, these patterns will help complete your ode to preppy design.