Stripes are an easy way to makeover a room– whether you’re looking to add some color, pattern, or create a whole new space altogether. There are so many variations in the stripe family that it can be difficult to determine what size, repeat, style and more that things can get a bit overwhelming. Especially when other patterns are brought into the mix, stripes can be a bit tricky; but at the same time they can help anchor a space.
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- Get gutsy. Don’t be afraid to stray away from the standard stripe. While invariably, they are still striped visuals– you don’t have to conform to a thick horizontal or vertical stripe. Create an artsy jag in your mid century modern space, or an intricate geometric stripe on your ceiling to communicate your personal style.
- Go directional. Mixing and matching the directions if you do choose to go with a horizontal and vertical stripe is a cool way to mix things up and keep a funky vibe going. Even mixing up the palette with tiles and wallpaper or fabric and paint are great ways to keep visuals stimulating and interesting all at once.
- Create an illusion. Though you may be looking to make your room feel larger with an accent wall of striped glory, consider the idea of a room that is all stripes from floor to ceiling and beyond. The visual plane is extended with the more narrow stripes of black and white contrast; making the ceiling appear taller and the room look longer.
- Playful with patterns. Patterned stripes are a great way to break things up. With Chevron being a really hot pattern of the moment, it just so happens that it happens to also be a stripe. You can also create patterns within a thick implied stripe, leaving it up to the eye and imagination to read the stripes on the walls.
- Go organic. Though these lines look typographical in nature and aren’t your “standard” stripe, they still have that same bold effect. Whether you are going for contrasting colors, a collection of brights or perhaps an almost veiny natural stone look– you can recreate an interesting set of organic stripes on your walls and perhaps pair it with an offset stripe on your floor or ceiling like Kelly Wearstler has done (above).
What’s your favorite striped look? More classic, contemporary, organic or off the wall bold?
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