Simple ways to use stripes in your home decor

There’s something about these perennial classics, and they are a personal favourite of mine.
Generally loved by all, stripes create the illusion of space, a lovely way to play tricks in design since they can be used to visually expand a space.
Stripes are a great way to add flavour to a room and create a feature area in any part of your home. They are a great way to add flavour to a room.
Vertical stripes make ceilings look taller and add drama.
Horizontal ones elongate and make rooms appear wider so they are perfect in spaces that are quite compact and need to look wider. Horizontal stripes are modern and edgy.
Another great trick is taking the height of your curtain rods, or tracks, almost to the ceiling and using a striped fabric to give the illusion of even more height.
Stripes are a good starting point when trying to incorporate more than one pattern into a room. They mix well both with solids, and with other patterns like florals, checks and geometrics.
Stripes add personality. They are crisp and polished and universally recognised.
They can be dramatic, classy (think Black and white wide stripes), sophisticated too eg. Gold and Cream, even playful like rainbow stripes, or inject a shot of colour with stripes in candy colours like yellows, pinks or purples.
A classic stripe combo is blue and white, perfect for coastal schemes.
Be sure to counteract stripes with less busy designs. If you have striped wallpaper or wall panels, then a solid plain sofa would work well.
If you have a striped duvet, then add a couple of solid, plain cushions along with a couple of dainty florals. The overall effect is to have cohesion, so your eyes have a place to rest.

Not all stripes are created equally – There’s:

  • Evenly sized stripes
  • Uneven like French Ticking
  • Wide stripes
  • Narrow Stripes like Tickings or Pinstripes
  • Wiggly Stripes
  • Watery Effect, with softer edges
  • Multi Coloured

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Ways to incorporate stripes:

  • Walls Panels or Wallpaper
  • Rugs
  • Soft Furnishings such as Drapes, Cushions or Throws.
  • Bedding
  • Tablecloths or Placemats
  • Tea Towels
  • Home Décor items like glasses, dishes, vases or bowls
  • Storage Bins or Baskets
  • Upholstered furniture with stripes running up and down
  • Lampshades
  • Artworks