Pattern Play: Stripes
I’ll admit, it’s been a little difficult coming up with new ideas for some of my recurring series posts. After many posts about patterns you start to run out of things to write about because there’s only so many different patterns in the world. The patterns I’ve been writing about were getting increasingly intricate (and therefore more difficult to find examples of) so I had to just take a step back and try to simplify things. And that’s how I landed on stripes. It’s so simple and obvious, I don’t know why it took me so long to write about stripes. Because it’s such a simple pattern, stripes are very versatile and mesh well with pretty much any design style. But they can also have a huge impact. The color, size, and arrangement of the stripes can totally transform the look and feel of a space. Below are some great spaces I found featuring stripes. Enjoy!
This dining nook is fantastic! I love the striped accent wall. Accent walls have gotten a bit of a bad reputation because they can make a room look unfinished. Stripes, however, look very intentional. They can add a bit of flair to a space without looking like you forgot to paint the rest of the walls. Side note: I also LOVE the mismatched chairs and bench. Such a great space!
Source: Melanie Stewart Designs
This powder room is a great example of how to add stripes to a small space. Floor-to-ceiling stripes on all four walls might be a little overpowering in a space like this, but adding stripes above the wainscoting is just the right amount.
Source: Lynn Morgan Design
So far we’ve only seen horizontal stripes, but vertical stripes look great too. I like that the stripes are different sizes and they’re in colors other than white. The colors on the wall match the colors of the furnishings, making them a bit more subtle.
How cool is this bedroom? I love the camouflage effect of the matching stripes on the headboard and the wall. These thick stripes are very bold, but they look fantastic.
Source: Sam Allen Interiors
Who says stripes can only be on walls? The striped floor is very cool and I like the diagonal stripes on the wall too (it almost looks like chevron, but not quite). Add in a mirrored vanity and you’ve got one funky, trippy space.
Rugs are a great way to add stripes to a space, too. I love the subtle, thin black stripes on the rug. Without the stripes, this room might look a little plain, but they add just the right amount of flair.
Source: Rita Chan Interiors
Even though stripes are a fairly simple pattern, you can make them into something much more intricate. The diagonal stripes on the statement ceiling are fun and whimsical, whereas the stripes on the floor feel more chic and sophisticated. Together they make for one incredible space.
This is one of the best and most creative use of stripes I’ve ever seen. I love the gradient effect that’s created as the blue stripes get larger and the white stripes get smaller. So cool!
Source: Bright Bazaar