Design Inspiration: Bold Black Stripes

Design Inspiration: Bold Black Stripes

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 21, 2012
In my first apartment, I painted a 14 foot wall of my bedroom in stripes. Owing to my extreme fastidiousness, it took a laser level and the better part of a day, but I was extremely satisfied with the results. If you have the time - and the patience - painting (or wallpapering) your place with bold black and white stripes could be just the thing to add a little bit of drama. Since black and white stripes are naturally attention-grabbing, they work best in a setting where there's not a lot of other things to compete, like a powder room, guest bedroom, or entry hall. It will help to keep the rest of the color scheme fairly simple to avoid fatigue. What do you think - are black and white stripes bold and dramatic? Or just a little over the top? Images: 1. A bold entry hall from Country Living. 2. Stripes enliven a previously blah bedroom from Design*Sponge. 3. This bathroom at the Women's Collection store is just another reason to love J.Crew. From Lonny. 4. Resin striped coffee tables by Madegoods. 5. Shy about painting a whole wall? Try painting just the door. 6. I love the look of these stripes in varying widths. 7. Black and white is just as dramatic on the table as on the wall. Photo (and a recipe!) from BS in the Kitchen. You can buy your own striped pasta from Amazon. 8. A striped living room from Lonny. 9. The stripes in this sunny bedroom from Country Living are made with chalkboard paint. 10. Fashionable stripes on stripes from the Sartorialist. Images: as linked above.
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