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Preppy Design Style

By: Cassandra LaValle
November 25, 2014

No longer just for the country club set, preppy style enters the home with classic patterns, bright colors and the essential navy and white stripes. Discover how to add a little prep to your favorite room.

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The Subtle Prepster

This dining room by Windsor Smith has subtle preppy elements for the modern traditionalist. Instead of a bold plaid, using a tone-on-tone checkered curtain does the trick when paired with muted traditional stripes. A pop of yellow adds just the right touch of bold color. Photography by Michael Wells for Rue Magazine

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Pretty in Pink -- and Green!

When we think "preppy," pink and green almost always come to mind. Using bold patterned wallpaper in green and a pop of pink in the pillows, this room maintains a preppy atmosphere without being over the top. Photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine

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From: Tobi Fairley

Classic Preppy Details

The fastest way to add a little "prep" to your style is definitely with a bit of trim. Designer Tobi Fairley adds white piping to the dining chairs and black trim to the lattice-print drapes for some classic preppy details. A modern rug, table and chandelier keep the room feeling updated. Photo courtesy of Tobi Fairley Interior Design

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Keeping It Fresh

How many perfect preppy elements can we count in this room? Painted blue panels topped by gilded frames. A red, white and blue striped rug for a hit of all-American style. A palette of white furniture pieces to serve as a perfect backdrop to switching out pillows with pattern and pop. Photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine

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