Decorate your home with stripes

written by Peggy Poyser


Stripes are a timeless element in home decor and they offer a unique way to infuse personality into any space.

I am pretty sure that if you have lived as long as I have you have notice that stripes don’t ever go away. The type and colour combo however, can adapt as we go and depending of it, can change from a contemporary to a traditional look.

Whether painted on walls, incorporated into fabric designs, or used in accessories, stripes can dramatically alter the ambiance of a room. They have the power to make a small room feel larger, a narrow room appear wider, and a low ceiling seem higher.

By choosing the right type, colour, and orientation, stripes can transform a mundane space into a visually intriguing and stylish area.

how to choose your stripes

Vertical, horizontal, thick, thin, colorful, or muted—and each style has a unique effect on a room’s appearance.

For instance, vertical stripes can draw the eye upward, making ceilings appear higher, which is especially beneficial in rooms with limited space.

Signature Stripe Wallpaper in Candy Floss and Cinnamon

Conversely, horizontal stripes can make a room seem wider, creating a sense of expansiveness.

Bloc Stripe – Rich Teal

Using these visual tricks wisely and strategically will enhance your living environments, making them not only more attractive but also more functionally appealing.

How to incorporate stripes in various areas of your house

→ In the living room

Consider striped wallpaper as a bold statement wall or more subtly behind shelves or as a border.

Simple Stripe Wallpaper in Blue

Striped curtains can add vertical lines that elongate the walls, especially useful in rooms with lower ceilings.

Colours Of Arley Magnolia & Pine

For furniture, a striped sofa or armchairs can become a charming focal point.

 Colours of Arley x Jess Alavi-Ellis

When selecting stripes for the living room, consider the size and color carefully: wider stripes can make a bold statement, while thinner stripes offer a more understated elegance. Neutral colors tend to blend seamlessly, while brighter stripes can add a pop of energy and fun.

→ In the Bedroom

In the bedroom, stripes can help create a calm or vibrant sanctuary depending on the chosen colors and patterns.

Striped bed linens are an easy way to introduce this pattern without commitment, suitable for duvet covers, pillowcases, and throw blankets.

Vintage Weaves

A striped rug can anchor the room and add coziness.

Polperro Stripe Coral Rug

→ In the Kitchen and Dining Area

Stripes can add a fresh and lively touch to kitchens and dining areas.

Consider striped tablecloths or chair covers for an immediate visual uplift that can easily be changed according to seasons or occasions.

Colours Of Arley Bespoke Stripe Fabric

In the kitchen, a striped backsplash can serve as a modern and stylish statement. Horizontal stripes might be used to widen a narrow kitchen visually, while vertical lines can complement high ceilings.

Striped Tiles

Choosing colors that match or complement existing cabinetry and countertops ensures a cohesive and inviting look.

Colours of Arley | | @coloursofarley

Do’s and Dont’s when decorating with stripes

When decorating with stripes, it’s important to strike the right balance to ensure they enhance rather than overwhelm your space.

  • Do use stripes to create optical illusions; vertical stripes can make a room appear taller, and horizontal stripes can make it seem wider.
  • Do consider the scale and color of your stripes; larger, bolder stripes make a dramatic statement, while smaller, lighter stripes can add texture without dominating.
  • Don’t overdo it with multiple striped patterns in the same room, as this can lead to a cluttered and chaotic appearance.
  • Don’t use stripes on every surface; instead, choose one or two focal elements for striping, and let them stand out against more neutral backgrounds. Keeping these tips in mind will help you utilize stripes effectively and tastefully in your home decor.

Accessorise your home with stripes

1H&M Cushion covers, 2My Uncle’s House, Anna + Nina Long Sunset Cushion, 3Ikea SLÅNHÖSTMAL Duvet Cover, 4H&M 2-pack Espresso Cup and Saucer, 5Etsy, STRIPED TULA Lampshade, 6Palais, Lampshade Jackie Pink & Moss, 7Etsy, Red & Pink Stripe Ruffle Fabric Napkins, 8 OYOY, TOPPU VASE – HIGH – ROSE/CARAMEL, 9Wayfair, Begonia Dining Chair by Joss & Main

More Decor inspiration from Pinterest

Here are some more Striped Home Decor ideas that I hope can inspire you to add more them to your home.

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