How to Design a Room With Stripes

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How to Design a Room With Stripes
Stripes can make a bold, yet stylish statement. (Pink stripes image by Arirukuchika from

Stripes have been used for centuries as a rich and stylish way of decorating rooms. During Great Britain's Regency period, fashionable homes were abundant with vertically striped wallpapers as were the palaces of pre-revolutionary France. While it is not unusual to see such elegant decor in modern homes, stripes are being used in bolder, more exciting ways to give rooms a clean, contemporary look.

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Things you need

  • Striped wallpaper
  • Striped scatter cushions
  • Plain drapes
  • Striped rug

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    Apply wallpaper to walls. Decide whether you really want to paper all the walls in the room. Stripes make a bold statement. If overdone, they can make a room feel small and oppressive. Consider, therefore, papering no more than two walls. These can be opposing or adjacent. Also experiment with the idea of using vertical stripes on one wall and horizontal on the other.

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    Arrange scatter cushions so stripes go in various directions. If you already have scatter cushions, it is possible to buy covers. When choosing fabric, it may be difficult to find an exact match for your wallpaper, which will result in a clash. Instead, think about contrasting colours or colours that complement each other.

  3. 3

    Hang the drapes, which should be of a solid colour taken from the scatter cushions. Stores selling soft furnishings will be able to advise you on matching drapes with cushions.

  4. 4

    Lay a rug. If possible, try to find a rug with the colours of the wallpaper, drapes and the scatter cushions, as this will bring the whole striped room's look together.

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