Decorating with Stripes

A living room with striped upholstery. Shown with Duette Honeycomb Shades, available at C.D. Michaels, Inc. in Bedford Heights, OH

Stripes are versatile

Adding stripes to your décor is the perfect finishing touch – very similar to adding beautiful ribbons to your gift packages! Stripes complete and dress up almost any decorating plan.

Stripes are a versatile design element and go well with any décor, including contemporary, traditional, Victorian, transitional, shabby chic and mid-century. It all depends on the striped elements you select and how you use them.

Striped drapery adds a finishing touch to this media room. Shown with Parkland Wood Blinds; available at C.D. Michaels, Inc. in Bedford Heights
Stripes work with any décor style.

Stripes add order to a room

Stripes can liven a room and make it look crisp and organized. Traditional vertical stripes make a room appear taller, while horizontal stripes can make a room appear larger. If you’re bold, you can even go diagonal!

Stripes can be wide or narrow – or not the same width throughout. They can have clean edges or be jagged and funky. Stripes can even be made out of various objects, such as small flowers or geometric shapes. Straight-edged stripes are a good place to start if you’re afraid of the busyness of patterns.

Striped Designer Banded Shades from Hunter Douglas make this living room look larger.
Horizontal stripes can make a room look larger.  

Where to use stripes

If you’re nervous about adding any patterns to your décor, gain confidence by starting small with stripes: Add elements such as striped bed linens, throw pillows, lampshades, vases or rugs.

If you feel bolder, think about trying stripes in upholstery furniture, wall coverings, carpeting, window treatments and more.

Create a new pattern in your life this season by adding stripes to your home décor.

A bench with striped pillow accents. Shown with EverWood Alternative Wood Blinds from Hunter Douglas.
If you are nervous about adding patterns, start with striped pillows.