Fab Stripes!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | Category: Decorating, Floors, Furniture, Walls

Seeing the photo below in this month’s House Beautiful, reminded me of how much I love a good WIDE stripe!


{Wallpaper is Millennium Stripe in Beige and White by First Editions- design by Meg Braff}

I think wide stripes just make so much more of a statement than a narrow stripe.  My belief is that if you are going to stripe it up, you might as well do it to the extreme.  Make it bold!  Wide stripes look great just about anywhere- on headboards, painted on walls and ceilings, on wallpaper, on pillows, on chairs, on window treatments and on rugs!  There is nothing better than a wide stripe (ok, maybe a fun geometric) but you get the picture!

Of course, wide stripes don’t look great everywhere- you certainly have to choose the right application.  Scale is very important in this case!  You need to make sure the repeat of the stripe isn’t too big and overwhelming for the piece you are putting it on.

Take a look at these whimsical rooms below, that decided that in the right application, going wide is the answer!

Bringing the stripes all the way up on the ceiling, helps this bathroom feel much taller.



Horizontal stripes helps to widen a room.


{Miles Redd}

Wide stripes on roman shades make a fun, graphic statement in this playroom.


{Traditional Home}

There is no “coloring between the lines” here!  The designer decided to take the stripes all the way out to the exterior border of this headboard.  Never would have thought to do this, but it works wonderfully here.


{House Beautiful}

Wide stripes can look fabulously graphic on a black and white rug.


{Visual Vamp blog}

Wallpaper is one of my favorite applications of the wide stripe- go bold with red and white or keep it simple and understated with a tone on tone neutral stripe.


{This is Love Forever blog}

Stripes even look great on the ceiling- especially in a nursery!


{Apartment Therapy}

Or how about wide stripes on the floor?


{Point Click Home}

Or even alternating colors on the wall?


{Coastal Living}

I adore wide stripes on furniture…and I’m talking WIDE! The settee below takes wide to a whole new level.



Green and cream stripes are repeated throughout the room below.  This repetition is what makes this room so interesting and cohesive.


On the right chair, a wide stripe fabric can look really lovely. Normally I am not a red person, but the chair below is so rich and fabulous!  The more contrast in color that your two stripes have, the more of a statement you will make!


{Patricia Gray Blog}

Since wide stripes are more whimsical and playful in my opinion, doing them in a nursery or playroom is a great idea.  Julie Richard of Shelter blog, created this nursery for her son, which was featured on La Dolce Vita’s Personal Style, Defined series.  Perfection!


{Design by Julie Richard of Shelter}


These photos make me want to go get some painters tape and start striping whatever I can get my hands on!

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6 Comments to 'Fab Stripes!'

Shorely Chic 23 Sep 09 at 2:48 pm

That settee from Coastal Living is amazing!!

Jaime 23 Sep 09 at 3:19 pm

Lovely! Adore the yellow and white striped wall room and the yellow and white striped ceiling room! Great idea to paint the ceiling that way…

Camila 23 Sep 09 at 3:29 pm

I love a good stripe. I swear I could have them in every room.

I even took to making my own wide stripe fabric for curtains the DIY way with fabric paint.


Dan and Deanna 24 Sep 09 at 12:52 am

Love the bathroom with the stripes going all the way up. What a great look.

Thank you for this great post.

Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

Kitchen design delhi ncr 24 Sep 09 at 4:51 am

hmm..really very beautiful art of interior .infact bathroom design is also very beautiful and all the pictures shows a very well example of interior decoration

Jess Eide 24 Sep 09 at 3:47 pm

I am madly in love with those striped blinds – any idea where I can find them, or something like it???

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