How to Decorate With Striped Pastels

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How to Decorate With Striped Pastels
Enhance a room by hanging pastel striped wallpaper. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Decorating with stripes can give a room an elegant or a playful look, depending on the colours and accessories you choose. Pastel blue stripes can infuse a bedroom or living room with a classy, nautical look, while candy-hued stripes will add a touch of whimsy to a space. When decorating with stripes, use the pattern sparingly to avoid overkill. Incorporate striped decor with other patterns and designs to create a coordinated style.

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    Hang wallpaper featuring pastel-hued vertical or horizontal stripes, depending on the illusion you would like to create. Vertical stripes will make the ceiling in space look higher, while horizontal stripes will visually widen a room.

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    Decorate with furniture pieces featuring striped upholstery. Enhance a garden-inspired living room with a white couch with a pastel green and yellow striped love seat to add fresh colour. Place a blue and white striped reading chair in a bedroom featuring a traditional nautical theme.

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    Update a room featuring all solid-coloured furniture and walls with striped textiles. Hang pastel green and white striped curtains in a nature-inspired room for an earthy look. Decorate a child's bedroom with a soft pink and lavender striped bed comforter or quilt to create a sweet style. Add warmth to hardwood floors with matching striped rugs.

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    Mix pastel-hued stripes with flower patterns for a country-inspired style; be sure to use similar colours for a coordinated look. Place throw pillows featuring large pink, white and yellow cabbage rose patterns on a yellow and white striped couch or bedspread. Hang a green, pink and white floral-patterned shower curtain in a bathroom featuring pastel green and white striped wallpaper.

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