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Room Decorating With Stripes: Guide To Understanding 5 Essential Lines of Décor

Lines create boundaries, but when you apply them to your home, they create character and dimension and are a way to decorate outside the normal, safe constraints of interior design. And that is something many of our renovation projects need to encapsulate: recreating our home to carry a fun hint of character, dimension and stripes.

Decorating rooms with stripes

Learning to be a responsible and licensed driver is not a task to undertake in one night. You learn everything from a cyclists hand signals to the legal drinking intake to still be permitted to drive. You learn what lights signify in the dash of your car and sometimes through textbook theology you learn how to change a tire.

But most importantly you learn what the stripes on the road translate to all the drivers. Double yellow, do not cross, one solid yellow, one yellow dash, you can pass if the dash is on your side. White on the outside signifies the end of your road, horizontal white, the pedestrian’s right of way. Diagonal white or yellow, DO NOT DRIVE. I could go on with the yellow and white dashed and solid combinations of horizontal, vertical and diagonal, but really these stripes have no place in your home.

The stripes of your home, however, do matter so today we’ll accelerate headlong into the traffic of designing your home stripes and how they can represent your room and the language they speak to us interior drivers.

1. Chevron Stripes

This up, down, up, down pattern adds instant architectural and depth elements. You can create a visual stimulation with this feature. It can easily be integrated on your wall, on your pillows or vase or even a structural product like a fence line or headboard.

White and grey baby nursery with chevron stripes decor

by Carousel Designs

An elegant living room that gets the eye with a chevron striped rug


Chevron pattern for wooden flooring

by Plantation Hardwood Floors

2. Horizontal Stripes

This stripe can help you enlarge a room. It keeps the flow continual when you opt for wide stripes on your walls and even makes a similar statement when using multi-colored wooden floorboards in wide sizes. This will create another venue for capitalizing on space. Not sure you are ready to permanently accept and open your arms to the wide stripe? Convert your kitchen backsplash as your outlet to taking a small but tasteful bite of a stripe. Staggered or straight you can “add” inches to your kitchen workspace by incorporating striped tiles in the often forgotten but powerfully enhancing background.

Hand painted horizontal stripes in brown and white for the child room

by Melanie Morris Design

Grey horizontal stripes wallpaper behind console table

by angela varela cunha

Modern curtains with beige and white horizontal stripes

by Sylvia Martin

Modern living room with beige and white striped curtain

by Pepe Calderin

Garage turned into colorful lounge with horizontal grey and white stripes on the walls

by Kerrie L. Kelly

3. Vertical Stripes

As the horizontal expands, the vertical elongates. Incorporate it in rooms that need some height, that need some extension, or some balance to keep the ambiance of the room seemingly controlled. For even though you have chosen all vertical stripes, who is to say they all have to be the same width or have an obvious color pattern or?

Blue and white living room with a striped wall and leather upholstered swivel chair

by usona

Elegant living room with vertical stripes

by Hann Builders

Bedroom wall with vertical stripes wallpaper

by Globus Builder

Bedroom with thin vertical purple stripes wallpaper

by Angela Todd Designs

4. Zebra

This is the stripe of attitude and drama. With it’s imperfect, uneven lines often featuring a prominent black (tribute to its inspiration, the Zebra) this is a bold, daring move that can make or break a room. Keep it sophisticated, and you won’t have any problem.

Black and white couch and zebra stripes pillows in a colorful living room

by Madison Modern Home

Zebra stripes rug for a rather small living room

by Judith Balis

Living room with round sofa and zebra stripes pillows

by Gilded Manor

5. Plaid

This brings to mind a cozy evening gathered around the fire, yuletide festivities or masculine warmth. But when you mix and match colors and bring it into unexpected areas, you can modernize the scheme easily. This is great as an accent wall done in wallpaper, for accessories and even for rugs. While in the past we have seen many three seated sofas mass produce plaid upholstered couches, try to keep it to a chair with some refined finishes to keep it from looking outdated.

Modern plaid upholstery chairs in red

by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Elegant dining room with classic plaid on barrel chairs and floor-to-ceiling draperies

by Bountiful

So pull out the blue masking tape and create the pattern of stripes you envision and start painting! Warning: Dizziness may occur when you spin in circles with your eyes wide open and staring at the fresh stripes that are just as much part of your home as the bathroom!

Momina Khan

From a very early age Momina Khan discovered her passion and talent for rearranging furniture and indulging herself with interior design. Over the years this passion has only intensified as well as her education and calling in creative writing. As a writer Momina finds Decoist a perfect environment to creating art with words on the art of DIY d[...]

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