Add charming character and spunky design to your home with the relaxed decorating style debuted in 1987 by fashion guru Ralph Lauren. You
can create a Lauren-inspired room by tastefully mixing the right fabrics, patterns, textures, colors and furniture pieces. Authentic
Ralph Lauren spaces combine decor elements from different eras and styles to create an aesthetically pleasing, but unexpected design.
Look to home magazines and books to draw inspiration for decorating your timeless, Lauren-inspired room.
Decorating colors for a Ralph Lauren-inspired room are available in a wide spectrum. Choose colors to reflect the Lauren style you’re
trying to achieve. For example, a palette of assorted blue and white shades is an ideal color combination for seaside cottage appeal,
Ralph Lauren style. Create Lauren’s safari look with a color scheme comprised of earthy browns, greens and golds mixed with black and
white. Bright reds, navy blues, sunny yellows and bright whites enhance a Ralph-inspired style with a nautical flair. Envelop your room
with rustic-lodge appeal with muted red, brown, green, beige and orange.
Choose a wall color for your Lauren-inspired room to complement your chosen color scheme, as well as one that reflects your personal
preference. For example, in a seaside Lauren look, surround yourself with a calm sea of blue by painting your walls in a blue tint that
you have fallen in love with. Create an accent wall to add visual interest that’s so much a part of the Ralph Lauren-decorating style.
For example, in the blue-walled seaside illustration, apply wallpaper featuring vintage sailboats to one wall for a visual surprise.
Windows and Lighting
Windows provide an opportunity to add a textural element to your room, creating a classic, Ralph-inspired space. Simple wooden shutters
marry practical function with aesthetic appeal for a timeless window treatment. Draperies inject color and fabric into a room to enhance
your favorite Ralph Lauren look. For example, casual red-and-black plaid draperies provide the type of signature design element often
found in a rustic, Lauren-inspired room. Install natural-woven blinds under the plaid drapes for a layered look with textural appeal,
reflecting typical Ralph Lauren design. Incorporate ambient, task and mood lighting into your space for diversified illumination. Mix a
variety of light sources to create an eclectic, Lauren-inspired mix. If desired, include vintage table lamps, a crystal chandelier, metal
pharmacy lamps, decorative wall sconces and glowing candles.
Furniture and Accessories
Furnish your room with Lauren-inspired, comfortable furniture pieces to accommodate the activities in your room. For example, cushy
leather sofas and chairs with rolled arms, nail-head detailing and distressed, weathered finishes exemplify Lauren-inspired seating. Add
fabric-upholstered ottomans and armchairs in zebra stripes and leopard prints to heighten the Ralph-inspired effect. Rustic, wooden
dining tables with a mix of chairs, antique trunks repurposed as coffee tables and wicker accent pieces suggest Ralph Lauren style.
Choose accessories to enhance your selected Lauren-inspired theme. For example, deck the walls of a classic, Americana-themed Lauren
style with an oversized painted canvas of a Native American warrior and an arrangement of vintage black-and-white, cowboy-themed
photographs. Fill a bare wall with a large American flag for classic Lauren style. Navajo blankets, plaid toss pillows, wicker baskets,
antique lanterns, a cowhide area rug, cowboy hats hung on a peg rack and a bookshelf filled with old books complete the Ralph-inspired