Whether horizontal or vertical, thick or thin, stripes are a timeless classic. Stripes can give any room that bold punch it needs to spruce up the design. Dorothy Draper, the American interior decorator who inspired generations with her 1939 book Decorating is Fun! How to Be Your Own Decorator, declared “the wider the stripe . . . the smarter the effect.” Ms. Draper would know, too — she made the stripe one of her signature motifs.
When considering stripes, color is an important factor to consider based on the look and feel you are trying to achieve. Black and white creates an elegant and sophisticated finish, blue and white presents a more coastal interior and complementary colors like red and green add a sense of vitality into the space.
No matter which variation of the classical stripe you choose, they all create a refreshing alternative to revamping your room. Here are just a few inspirational images to get your mind racing with ideas.
Credit: HGTV Magazine
1. Ombre Stripes
Ombre stripes? Who knew? Designer Vern Yip created the look in HGTV Magazine by gradating five color variants to create an interesting alternative to the traditional horizontal stripe. “Stripes ranging from light to dark give a space amazing energy,” Vern Yip says.
Credit: Allun Callender
2. As a Focal Point
Focal points help bring attention to a specific portion of a room. As Sue Timney demonstrates in her house in Kent, England, these narrow black-and-white stripes create a bold focal point. The thin stripe helps bring attention to other strong elements, like the pop art hanging over the mantel.
Credit: Sadie Jude
Curtains, like these colorful window treatments, are a subtle way to incorporate stripes into your home without having to commit to an entire room or even an entire wall. Narrow vertical stripes fit well in rooms with low ceilings, while broader stripes make the ceiling seem lower. Adding long, striped curtains that touch the floor can also make the room appear taller.
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If you’ve been following our Color of the Month series, you know we like to break the rules from time to time…especially Marianne. She was the mind behind our June 2012 neon color choice, and she also proposed the glitter genre in December 2012.
So when she came to our Color of the Month meeting proposing Stripes as the July color choice, we weren’t surprised, but we were intrigued. After all, stripes are practically synonymous with summer: Think crisp, preppy rooms and nautically-inspired decor. The kicker? More than half of our color team were actually wearing stripes during the meeting — a sure sign that Marianne’s pitch is perfect for the height of the season. Bring on the stripes!
Image Courtesy HGTV Magazine
The wonder of stripes is their versatility. Depending on the color combinations, they can be everything from playful to classically preppy. Vertical stripes in coral, white and blue look playful when painted in varying widths, as seen in HGTV Magazine, while navy and white horizontal stripes in this kids’ room create a soothing, symmetrical look.
Design by Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design
More Clever Ways to Use Stripes
If you’ve ever used or even seen a tube of Watermelon Lip Smacker lip balm, you’ll feel a little nostalgic when you see the punchy colors on the cover of HGTV Magazine’s July/August issue. The bright green and shades of pink, and of course, a slice or two of actual watermelon, scream summer and long days at the pool.
Inside, the editors are playing it cool in this season’s heat with backyard party ideas, style tips for the front porch, plus the staples like flea market flips and high/low buys. Here’s a sneak peek at some of what you’ll find when the issue hits newsstands a week from today. Get your copy on June 17.
HGTV star Vern Yip knows how to enjoy summer — at his vacation home in Rosemary Beach, Florida with his family. Step inside here.
Vern with his partner Craig and their two kids Gavin and Vera; the living room
If you love the look of wall stripes but don’t think you could tackle the technique, you’ll be happy to hear there is an answer. (And no, it’s not wallpaper.) Some of our favorite designers showed us how to create common patterns like ticking stripes and ombré. Plus, we’re sharing web-exclusive step-by-step instructions for each at hgtv.com/stripes, making these striped walls easier than ever before. Choose your favorite, then send us a pic of the finished look on Twitter or Instagram using #HGTVMagDIY, and you could be in an upcoming issue!
Alternating stripes, by Sabrina Soto
BRIANA: The nautical look has been sailing along for a while, but it seems like it’s really made a splash lately. Liz and Camille’s photos from High Point are full of aquatic creatures (
sea see below) and Target’s new Coastal Collection sports stripes, boating motifs and plenty of navy blue. What do you think about this wave of nautical home decor? Is coastal style beachy keen or is it a sinking ship?
Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal display at High Point Market
ALYSSA: This is blindingly awful for so many reasons, the first starting with the patchwork denim couch! A few items could stand alone in a beach house, but everything together is just too much. We ran a story about tropical style in the suburbs from the May issue of HGTV Magazine, so I could sound like a hypocrite for saying I like some of the looks in that home, but I think it’s all about not turning a design style into a design theme. AND YES, I know the difference between tropical and nautical. Also, I love a good navy and white stripe (like in Kayla’s mood board) and a big floral print — that’s the kind of preppy southern vibe I’m into.
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: Coastal style has timeless appeal because of its relaxed, casual and vacation-like vibe. It will always be in style and relevant as long as it’s played down, relying more on textures and finishes and shapes rather than literal nods like shells, fish and tons of anchors. One weathered anchor will do the trick, then just fill the space with tons of beach textures and muted coastal tones like blue-grey and seaglass green.
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I’m obsessively mad about stripes. I actually have to space out my stripe wear throughout the week to make sure I don’t overdose my coworkers. Horizontal, vertical, skinny, thick, zig-zag — you can’t go wrong. And there’s nothing quite like a lovely nautical stripe to prep for loungy beach days.
(Gossip Girl voice) [Spotted, editor Liz Gray wearing a black and tan striped top that's so perfectly suited for today's post.]
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