Home & House Interior Designs — March 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Use of Stripes in Interior Design

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Stripes in Interior Design

Stripes in Interior Design

As far as patterns go, stripes are the simplest, classiest and most popular. Stripes add length or width to a room just as it does to a body when one wears striped clothes. Stripes can be subtle or bold, and can be a major tool when using color blocks to decorate a room.

When stripes are placed vertically, it naturally brings the eye upward. This is a great way to bring attention to pretty lights or chandeliers, or even paintings. Striped patterns in subtle colors are the way to go when trying to have an understated house that still does not lack excitement. Striped wallpaper patterns in bright colors are great for children’s rooms, funky bathrooms or even hallways.

This living room has used bold stripes that mix understated tones with bright colors. The rug here captures one’s attention with its camel, pink and black detail. It adds a sense of business to a room which would otherwise look overly bland and plain. The decorator has very sensibly also added vertical striped cushion covers on a simple grey sofa set.

The curtains in the room are tones of grey that are extremely subtly decorated with vertical stripes. The curtains act as a light diffuser. Light, when seeping through the curtains, looks beautiful because of the stripes.

As stripes are a bold enough type of pattern on their own, it is not necessary to crowd the room with other prints. Juxtapose the stripes with plain, simple furniture- for example, it is a good idea to place a printed pattern on a sofa that has no print pattern, and vice versa. Try to avoid clashing prints with each other, and display other accessories such as plants and simple artwork.

Remember, stripes, while popular, are tricky. Use them well to avoid a garish and tacky look.

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