Hold on to your Izod, preppie is back. A new day has dawned. Navy, kelly green and hot pink are claiming a place in family rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, even kitchens and baths. This is not only happening here at home in the USA, but all over the globe. The economy has risen and with it has come a world of color. What does this mean for you and your abode? Classic looks mixed with wit and suitability. It’s time for our rooms to be happy.
A style that was defined a hundred years ago has come of age. What does the original “athleisure” look in fashion have to do with your house. Everything. The preppie movement is exuberant and exhilarating. It is more than a style, it is an attitude. The original preppies of 1910 took the staid and formal manner of America and breathed life into it.
Good taste and suitability are the name of the game. Preppie style kicks back with confidence. Relax the room with saturated color and feel the energy flow. Introduce some joy into your living space. Pop some hot pink in that room. She shines in the corner like a beautiful flower that never wilts. Pair her up with some navy and white pillows and you have taken your room to the next level.
What does saturated color mean? It is color in its purest or truest version. That is the definition of preppie. It is youth, purity and authenticity. Let your room reach out to you and surround you with vitality. The movement embodies all that is real and all that is simple. The basic blue blazer, a staple for the preppie, can be interpreted as a fabulous tuxedo sofa. Yes, you know it, a basic three seater, three cushions for the seat and three cushions for the back. This sofa rises above trend. For the preppie room the sofa is best covered in white, khaki or navy blue, but you are not limited to just those. You can use bold stripes or plaids. Note, the energy comes from the contrast in the colors. You can use other colors but white is the partner for all them. She tames the power of saturated, pure color. In the past white was unfairly treated as the “safe” color. A fall back if you didn’t know what to do in your room, safe, non-threatening and non-descript. Preppie white is not your grandmother’s safety white! She is here in all of her gleaming glory to give your space the pop and pizazz it has been longing for. Have fun with this style, it is really versatile. Preppie style can take you from a casual beach room all the way up to a formal dining room.
Remember the principles of this timeless exhilarating style are honorable, exuberant, energetic and fun. Tennis anyone?