Decorating with Stripes

Stripes never go out of style.

 Ferreries cultural center via  ArchDaily  - wing chair  Horchow   - Alphabet M cushion  The Rugcompany  - Osman resort 2017 via  Vogue  - breakfst room via  Domino

Ferreries cultural center via ArchDaily - wing chair Horchow  - Alphabet M cushion The Rugcompany - Osman resort 2017 via Vogue - breakfst room via Domino

Every spring we will see in the fashion stores the nautical style appearing.  Who didn't had as a child a striped out-fit. And you don't have to be a child, I have several striped t-shirt in my wardrobe. Blue and white is the classical combination, but there are endless combinations of colors and type of stripes. Whether traditional or unconventional a stripe will make a statement.

 T-shirts via  Bodeusa  - striped romper  Swell & Solis

T-shirts via Bodeusa - striped romper Swell & Solis

How to work with this classical pattern when decorating your room?

You could call it the neutral of the pattern world. They are easy to incorporate into any type of room, you can't go wrong with stripes. Start choosing your type of stripe: wide stripe, closet stripe, pyjama stripe, multi stripe, hand painted stripe, irregular stripe.... you see, a stripe is not as boring as you would think at first.

 wallpapers  Farrow & Ball  - striped bedroom via  Instagram  - fashion striped outfit Resort 2017  Balenciaga  - small stool By Hands via  Intarmurous  - chair Neo Laminati collection by Kelly Behun via  Design Milk

wallpapers Farrow & Ball - striped bedroom via Instagram - fashion striped outfit Resort 2017 Balenciaga - small stool By Hands via Intarmurous - chair Neo Laminati collection by Kelly Behun via Design Milk

Stripes have a great power to redirect the eye. They can become the focal point of attraction in the room. It is hard to go wrong with stripes, but don't underestimate the power as it can reshape the room.

Vertical stripes will create an illusion of height, perfect when having low ceilings. Horizontal stripes will make the room look wider. Pay attention as it can give the impression that the ceiling is lower than it is in reality. So to avoid when low ceiling, unless you want to create a cozy feeling. Perfect for an entrance hall as this space in general is smaller, and you will create a wow-effect when entering your home.

 vertical stripes via  House Beautiful  - horizontal lines via  Apartment Therapy

vertical stripes via House Beautiful - horizontal lines via Apartment Therapy

Stately, masculine, playful or poetic, stripes will help set the tone in the room. There's an elegance and timeless quality to it. The great thing about stripes is that they work in all types of interior: traditional, modern, kid's room, bathroom. Blue and white as a base for the seaside house, neutral tones for the countryside.

 bathroom image via  Laurel and Wolf  -  shower curtain  Society 6

bathroom image via Laurel and Wolf -  shower curtain Society 6

Stripes in the bathroom are a classical decorating tool. It will make this small room look glamourous. And it doesn't have to be that you change the tiles on the wall or floor. Towels, shower curtain, small containers will bring an instant nautical look to this room.

 bedroom via  Pinterest  - image fabrics via  Komedal Road

bedroom via Pinterest - image fabrics via Komedal Road

You like stripes but don't want to make such a bold statement: go for the pops of color a stripe can offer. Small striped accessories such as a tray, a pillow, a vase, or a throw are items you can add or take away depending on your mood or the season. They will add a creative note, a touch of color.

 blue and white striped accessories  Exercise de Style  - kitchen image via  Blue Daze

blue and white striped accessories Exercise de Style - kitchen image via Blue Daze

Can you combine stripes with some other patterns in the room? Yes, don't hesitate to combine several patterns, use the same colors as you have in the stripes and they will all work together and you make a richer impact. Stripes in blue, white are perfect for the kids'room. You can add some other accent colors depending on the age: making it more playful when they are small, or to keep it simple in blue and white when they should be more into studying.

 kids'room via  The Yellow Cape Cod  - fabrics  Thibaut

kids'room via The Yellow Cape Cod - fabrics Thibaut

Daniel Buren is a French conceptual artist best known for using regular, contrasting colored strips, and integrating them in architectural spaces. He can give you plenty of ideas how to be creative with stripes. To use them in a simple way to bring a focus point in the room till combing the stripes with other stripes of plain colors and even create a room in a room.

 installation  Daniel Buren  - striped shirt and blazer Ralph lauren via  AnOther

installation Daniel Buren - striped shirt and blazer Ralph lauren via AnOther

Adding some striped art work as this of Daniel Buren can change a minimalist room completely without taking away the essence of the minimalist style.

 minimalist interior via  Pinterest - art work  Daniel Buren

minimalist interior via Pinterest- art work Daniel Buren

You want some drama in the room? Add a few colorful, vertical or horizontal stripes on the wall to give it a playful edge. You will create an impressive backdrop by using some bold contrasting colors. A narrow and boring corridor will get all the attention by putting a colorful runner. 

 bathroom image via  2  Modern  - corridor runner via  Apartment Therapy

bathroom image via 2Modern - corridor runner via Apartment Therapy

Multicolored stripes are a playful addition for the kids' room but they can also work well in a sophisticated room. Try them on the stair case runner, it will look as a piece of art for the floor. Fine stripes, will give you the color palette for the rest of the room. Match the fabrics of the sofa, the color for the curtains, or the accessories with the stripes of the wallpaper or the rug. Don't forget your eye will be drawn to the stripes when entering the room.

 staircase runner via  Shelterness

staircase runner via Shelterness

You can have stripes printed for wallpaper, woven for the curtains or the fabrics of the sofa. Simple in two colors or multicolor. It will make a big change in the room. Or you can create the illusion of stripes through playing with a colorful structure such as the 2017 winning Pritzker winning architects, Rafael Aranda & Carme Pigem & Ramón Vilalta, did in Spain for the El petit Comte Kindergarten.

 El Petit Comte Kindergarten via  Architect Magazine

El Petit Comte Kindergarten via Architect Magazine

So how to get started when you want to change the look of a room

  • add wallpaper on one wall
  • paint some colorful stripes to make a bold impact
  • a rug can become a playful center in the room
  • combine stripes with other patterns
  • decide on the colors you want to use

You love stripes but don't want to make such a big change

  • look for some striped accessories
  • a striped fabric for the chairs in the dining in soft colors
  • and still think of the idea of striped wallpaper but with fine lines, light colors

Go for it, you can earn your stripes by decorating your room.

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