From floors to walls and ceilings, vertical or horizontal, stripes make a striking statement–and I love them!
I’ve used a bold wall stripe technique in my own spare bedroom to create a cosy yet funky atmosphere; banding on opposite feature walls pulls a simple schemed room together, whilst not appearing too overpowering. In my design, I created stripes of varying widths, in two shades of the same colour and one neutral hue, but the fun of this style is that there really are no rules; you could stick to a couple of complimentary colours, or go through every colour in the rainbow!
I’m also planning on a series of monochrome stripes to create interest and zoning along the length of our hallway; the jury is still out on this one with my other half, but I will talk him round–or ambush him with the finished effect one day…
You really can use stripes in any size or shaped space; horizontal bands will play up the length of a room, whilst a vertical pattern will make your rooms proportions appear taller, but why stop there? Irregular stripes can create a cool and unexpected effect, but it’s probably best to stick to just two colours, or more muted shades to pull off this look without your home ending up looking like a demented fun house.
I tend to paint my stripes, using a long spirit level to mark them out, and low tack masking tape to keep them neat and tidy, but you can get a quicker and super neat result with wallpaper; remember, you can apply the paper horizontally as well as vertically, so you can get two effects with one roll. Striped carpets, stair runners and rugs are also a huge trend at the moment, and enable you to splash quick character over a plain area.
Whether you want a quick funky fix, or you’re willing to earn your stripes, do the stripe thing!
Have you got a great decorating technique you could show us? Send me pictures using my quick & easy Submission Form, I would love to see the results of your own creativity and hard work!
Do you like the stripe effect?