Get the look: Classic stripes

How to decorate your home with classic stripes

With the ability to transform the look and feel of a room, stripes can be used to make a room feel more spacious by using clever tricks of the eye. Whether you lean towards a traditional style or a more modern look, there are a plethora of designs available.

 

Vertical vs horizontal stripes

One of the first things to consider is the direction of the stripes. Verticals are more traditional and using a vertical striped wallpaper or curtain fabric can help a room look bigger by creating an illusion of height. Horizontal stripes can make a narrow space seem wider and create a more modern look.

Top styling ideas for stripes

Whether you opt for a striped theme throughout or an accent feature there are a number of different ways to style stripes in your home.

 

One of the most traditional ways is through a nautical theme. One of our favourite choices for curtains and upholstery is a classic French-striped linen, like Designers Guild's Brera Nastro, which will lend a loch of coastal chic to your room. Pair with limewashed wooden furniture, painted floorboards and a nautical themed wallpaper to complete the look.

 

For something bolder, Cole & Son's Regatta Stripe is a modern vertical stripe which creates a modern monochrome look.

 

Depending on your preference, stripes can work beautifully in combination with other patterns or against a neutral backdrop. Choosing softer tones will give a subtler stripe, perfect for a more pared-back space. Sandberg’s Estelle is a lovely choice for a narrower stripe, while Borastapeter’s Falsterbo Stripe is slightly wider and is wonderful for retaining a sense of light and space. Whereas Missoni’s Riga (available in both vertical and horizontal styles) combines a fine stripe and a multicoloured palette for something really striking.

 

 


'If choosing a striped wallcovering for all four walls, consider using a dado or picture rail to break up the expanse and add a balancing, plain element.'

Jane Clayton Style Team

 Top tips

  1. Start small: If you haven’t decorated with stripes before then start by adding small accents into a design like a striped rug. Or choose a smaller room in your home like a bathroom to go big and bold.

 

  1. Combine textures and materials: Too many stripes can become overpowering so add art to walls and different textures and materials to your space to get the perfect balance.

 

  1. Importance of measuring: To create a crisp straight finish to stripes invest time into measuring before you start - see our wallpapering guide for more information. If walls are not straight, particularly if you live in a period home consider using striped fabric instead of wallpaper.

 

Stripes are one of the easiest designs to incorporate into your home, with so much choice available. They can be used to brilliant effect in all styles of décor, from Scandi to traditional, and by varying the width and direction of the stripe you can create an effect that is completely unique to you and your home.

 

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Shop the look: Classic striped fabrics

Discover a world of striped fabrics, from pared-back neutrals to bold and bright striped designs.
Pinetum Stripe Fabric by Sanderson Indigo
Pinetum Stripe
£51.75
Per metre
£69.00
Alderton Fabric by Clarke & Clarke Spice/Linen
Alderton
£31.50
Per metre
£42.00
Oxford Stripe Fabric by Ian Mankin Sage
Oxford Stripe
£42.50
Per metre
Herina Stripe Fabric by MINDTHEGAP Brown
Herina Stripe
£149.00
Per metre
Trickle Fabric by Ian Sanderson Merlin
Trickle
£45.00
Per metre

Shop the look: Classic striped wallpapers

Discover our collection of striped wallpapers, from subtle stripes to metallic stripes.
Jaspe Stripe Wallpaper by Cole & Son Black/White
Jaspe Stripe
£82.40
Per roll
£103.00
Fern Stripe Wallpaper by Anna French Blush
Fern Stripe
£144.00
Per roll
Marrifield Stripe Wallpaper by Ralph Lauren Blue/Linen
Marrifield Stripe
£60.00
Per roll
£75.00
Reno Stripe Wallpaper by Thibaut Green
Reno Stripe
£153.00
Per roll

Shop the look: Classic striped rugs

Discover striped rugs, perfect for adding pattern to your scheme and comfort underfoot.
Boardwalk Rug by Asiatic Blue Multi
Boardwalk
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£111.75
Each
£149.00
Deck Rug by Brink & Campman Electric Blue
Deck
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£309.00
Each
Olle Runner Rug by Pappelina Green/Background Linen
Olle Runner
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£206.00
Each
Harley Rug by Villa Nova Ochre
Harley
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£772.00
Each
Rosita Rug by Harlequin Putty
Rosita
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£579.00
Each

Shop the look: Classic striped cushions

Explore our collection of striped ready made cushions, perfect for adding pattern to a bedroom or living room.
Clara Cushion 60 x 60cm by William Yeoward Denim
Clara
William Yeoward
£115.00
Each
Nariz Cushion 60 x 40cm by William Yeoward Ochre
Nariz
William Yeoward
£95.00
Each
Reilly Cushion 50 x 35cm by William Yeoward Midnight
Reilly
William Yeoward
£84.00
Each
Indus Cushion 60 x 40cm by William Yeoward Terracotta
Indus
William Yeoward
£95.00
Each
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