This Retro Pattern Is Back, Better Than Ever, and Ready to Take Over Your Living Room

updated Mar 5, 2020
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Once a hallmark of nautical design and a staple of retro beach clubs, cabana stripes have finally come into their own. And we’re not talking about nautical patio awnings or loungers. No longer relegated to poolside spaces , this classic staple has graduated to a modern form that’s now available in a wide variety of color ways.

Last year, Ash NYC, a design firm and real estate development/staging company, gave us the pillow chair, channeling the Italian Riviera in the ’60s all the while offering a contemporary take on the pattern. We spotted cabana stripes on the ceilings (and matching banquette seating) in this exotic home in Tangier pictured above as well as in this too-good-for-words home in Argentina. And as they say: Three makes a trend.

Taking a cue from these examples, along with a few of our favorite spots around the world—the aptly titled Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel comes to mind—we rounded up some stylish essentials to help you embrace this look with effortless flair.

Patterned Throw

For those who prefer a slightly less traditional version of cabana stripes, Dusen Dusen’s riff on the motif is all about mixing and match a vibrant array of high-contrast hues. Artfully drape this throw on your sofa for an eye-catching finish. 

Buy: Dusen Dusen Stripe Throw, $180 from MoMA Design Store 

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Blue and White Duvet Cover

Your bed deserves more than just a plain white coverlet, no? The dreamy blues in this cotton duvet cover promise to bring a sense of calm and cool to the bedroom. Bonus design points for painting your walls in a complementary shade to match it. 

Buy: Été Duvet Cover, Starting at $85 for a twin size from HAY

Striped X-Bench

X marks the spot for great design, and this custom-made bench is about as good as it gets. Opt for a bright yellow-and-white striped upholstery fabric and prop the piece in the entry. Or set a pair at the foot of the bed. Wherever you use it, it’ll bring a vibrant splash of color.

Buy: X-Bench, Starting at $349.00 $279.20 from Ballard Designs

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Removable Wallpaper

Feeling adventurous? Give your walls an uplifting refresh with this bold striped wallpaper. Its peel-and-stick application method ensures that you can take it down just as easily as you can put it up.

Buy: Candy Stripe Removable Wallpaper, $58 from Wallshoppe

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Two-Tone Basket

The traditional coil basket gets a modern—not to mention color-charged— remake, courtesy of Closed Mondays. We love this dual-toned version for its playful palette that goes beyond the standard white stripe.

Buy: Closed Mondays Duo Stripe Bucket Basket, $280 from West Elm

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Cabana Stripe Seat Cushion

We couldn’t be more drawn to the captivating cobalt blue of this plush cushion. Outfit your existing kitchen chairs with them and use without reservation—the outdoor-friendly, stain-resistant fabric makes them a breeze to clean. 

Buy: Cabana Stripe Outdoor Seat Cushion, $23.99 from Target

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Candy Stripe Print

If you’d rather dip your toes into this trend, cabana striped wall art is probably the way to do it. Consider this charming pink print the newest addition to your gallery wall. 

Buy: Cafe Pretzel Pink and White Cabana Stripes Palm Beach Print, Starting at $20.99 $16.79 for an 8″ by 8″ unframed print from Society6