Get Striped: All Kinds of Stripes Inspiration

Get Striped: All Kinds of Stripes Inspiration

Leah Moss
Sep 15, 2010

There are preppy stripes and jailbird stripes, ticking stripes and zebra stripes, circus stripes and dressy stripes. In short, stripes for every occasion! If you've written off this never-out-of-style pattern as too loud or too classic, it's time to take another look. And lucky for you, this is a pretty sweet round up.

As you can see, stripes can do a lot to add a little fun and spice to a room. I rediscovered my love for stripes with Killy and Oliver's hidden home office, picture 13. The stripes energize the space in a way a block of color could never do. And while yellow awning stripe walls are not for the faint of heart, there are a ton of other options worth considering. Even changing the width of the band makes a big difference in how the stripes play out. Thick bands have seen their fair share of fame in many a 2000's east coast and southern home — look no further than Layla and Kevin's Lettered Cottage, picture 10. The tone on tone bands add a big element of cozy to the tiny reading nook room, all while preserving the sense of softness.

If you are tempted to go the striped route, there are a few things that can help:

Precision matters! A wavering hand is the biggest enemy to the stripe. If you're taking the time to paint stripes yourself be sure to also take the time to make sure the stripes are evenly and straightly placed. Otherwise, classic stripes can easily shift towards fun-house trippy.

Don't be afraid to mix with other patterns and scales. If you're worried about creating too strong of an impact, mix stripes with other patterns — even other types of stripes as in picture 2. A room full of jailbird stripes in uniform scale can look a bit too intense and overwhelming, but paired with other types of stripes, they can look fun and whimsical.

Use stripes as your anchor. In my opinion, the best striped applications are ones where the stripes are used to tie in other disparate elements of the room rather than being solely the main event or the something "off." For example, the famous yellow striped ceiling in Jenna Lyon's baby's former nursery is a showstopper for sure, but it also ties in the variety of other yellow and white elements in the room.

Go bold in small spaces. Usually we think that big rooms are best equipped to handle big styles, but when it comes to stripes, the opposite seems to be true. If you're planning to stripe your walls, going the jewel box route is probably your best option. Powder rooms, hallways, closets, and the like are perfect places to lay on the heavy stripes since they can handle a little pizazz but don't require you to spend hours at a time distracted by them.

What are your favorite striped applications?

Images: 1: Lonny, 2, 5, 16: Domino, 3,19: House Beautiful, 4: Leah Moss for Apartment Therapy, 6, 17: Elle Decor, 7, 20: Southern Accents, 8: via Decor Pad, 9: David H. Mitchell, 10: The Lettered Cottage, 11: Skona Hem, 12: Jeremy & Kathleen, 13: Killy and Oliver via Apartment Therapy, 14: Country Living, 15: Design*Sponge, 18: Flor

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