Monday, 28 October 2013

Show off your stripes!

Striped rug from Pappelina.
If you're afraid of pattern but want to add visual interest to a room, stripes are the way to go. You can have them on a rug, on an armchair or even on the wall. The colour combinations can be subtle or bold, depending on how much attention you want to draw to the piece.

Here are five considerations that will help you get stripes right: 

1) A narrow stripe can feel jarring and slightly busy, so think twice before introducing it on a big piece of furniture. Very thin lines like a ticking pattern, though, work well on a big piece, because at a distance the lines are blurred and look like a solid colour.

2) Wide, horizontal stripes read "contemporary". Thinner, vertical stripes are more traditional.

3) If you like the idea of a striped wall, consider using just one colour, and paint alternate stripes in matte and glossy finishes. The result is subtle and elegant. Wide bands look best.

4) Stripes' best playmates are solids and florals, not other stripes.

5) Stripes have an amazing directional power; they can make a ceiling look higher, a narrow hallway seem wider, and they can draw attention to a destination.

Are you ready to show off your stripes? 
Contemporary Living Room by New York
Interior Designers & Decorators Pierce Allen.
Photo: Houzz.
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Decorators Maria Killam. Photo: Houzz.

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