STRIPES ON WALLS
Even when I don’t like a room, I look for something to use / adapt / inspire. The inspiration I can find in the photo above is that the chair fabric plays well against the stripes and the different stripe widths make for a really interesting treatment. It would certainly wake you up in the mornings, huh?
As I browsed through my photo archives I found this example…..just like the bold stripes in the first picture, taking the idea of several colors in several widths but in calmer tones and, to me, a much more livable solution.
Bold stripes on the wall, another type of stripes on the bedding, stripes on the pillows…Wow! This room demonstrates you don’t always need a bedroom to be calm and restful. And that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Compare that to the photo below – still a great wall stripe but lots of things contribute to a calmer effect: softer colors, wider stripes are less busy, the bedding is not patterned and even the horizontal stripe curtain works because of it’s scale and that it’s muted (except the one darker stripe).
One last stripe wall treatment. Whoever painted the room below was letting their creativity shine. Remember the paint treatment of circles I suggested in a previous post? Here’s another play on that idea.
STRIPES ON FURNITURE – A GOOD THING?
Bold stripes on these chairs flanking a fireplace reinforce the focal point of the room. Notice how the ottoman in between the chairs introduces a very organic pattern in contrast to the stripes. The photo below is a dining room chair I had recovered for a client. The stripe plays a much more subtle, but still important role.
You know how designers and books and magazines always encourage you to buy the bigger pieces of furniture in a solid neutral color so they’ll last forever in case you change design styles? Sometimes it’s good to fly in the face of convention. This classic shape sofa is full of great style. Made by Johnson & Osborne, UK, the quality is in the details. However, if you’re going to use stripes on a piece of upholstered furniture, they absolutely MUST match – from the cushions to the base to the curves of the arms. If the stripes are off even a little, keep looking.
Sometimes a novelty piece of casegoods is easier to use than an upholstered piece of furniture. Try using a chest like this in an entry hall, at the end of a hallway, in a dining room or even a bedroom. Talk about personality! The smaller chest below has a more seaside or maybe country cottage look both in shape and color. In fact, doesn’t it look like it could be a DIY project to refurbish a flea market find? And how about using it in a bathroom for extra storage?
Finally, I’ve collected a series of random stripe goodies – in case you’re not convinced of the loveliness of stripe-dom. Just to enjoy……
The original idea for this post was to show outlandish applications of stripes in a variety of rooms. It evolved to be more of a contrast & compare article, showing that stripes can be bold and over the top or subtle and oh-so-elegant. Whimsical or classic. Wide or narrow. If you have no stripes in your home, maybe it’s time to reconsider and try this design element chameleon.