Use of Stripes

stripes for the home


Want to add texture, colour, depth and drama to your room? Then look no further, stripes are the answer.  There is a huge variety of choice with these so you can produce an effect that suits your decor; the stripes could be wallpaper, paint, carpet or furnishings.

Some pointers for you in using stripes with paint,

Choose strong colours that complements your decor rather than lighter shades if you want to have that dramatic effect. Use 2 or 3 colours for the stripes.

Paint horizontal stripes about 12 inches wide, while vertical stripes look best about 6 inches wide.

If your room is small, to make it appear wider, use horizontal stripes

To give your room an appearance of height and a taller space, use vertical stripes.

Using Striped Wallpaper:

Wallpaper can be expensive so give some thought to using it as a feature wall.

You can also attach bead board or other wainscoting to the lower third of a wall and apply striped wallpaper to the remaining top portion.

Another option is to paint the lower half of your walls, attach a chair rail and cover the top half of the walls with striped wallpaper.

Some very interesting application of stripes can be found here

Striped Furnishings:

To a bathroom you could add striped towels or shower curtain.

For bedrooms consider bedding sets, throws, area rugs for a cosy feel.

Use draperies shades or valances on your windows or upholster a chair or sofa in striped pattern to jazz up your room – be careful not to overdo, a full striped suite might be too much in a regular sized room.

In Dining rooms you can buy dinner ware with stripes or tablecloths and runner or even a lightshade can add the stripe effect.

Striped carpets are becoming popular, how you place them can quickly change the dimensions of your rooms. A current trend is to use them on your stairs to draw the eyes up and create an optical illusion of height; I also think they give a nice waterfall effect.

Striped carpet