Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Crazy about Stripes

Stripes will always remain a great trend in Interior designing. Stripes have been described as the "neutral" of the pattern world. They can be incorporated into any style or size of room. They can be used in large doses or small, and they can work with just about anything. If you want to add some pattern to a room but you're unsure of where to start, stripes are always a safe bet.
They have the power to reshape a room depending on how they're used, and they add a crisp, polished element to a space. Best of all, stripes mix beautifully with solids, florals, and other patterns, which means they can be used just about anywhere
·       Vertical vs Horizontal - Traditionally, vertical stripes have been the common way to go. They create the illusion of height thus making ceilings appear higher than they truly are. A tone-on-tone colour scheme (like cream with white, or a matte and glossy version of the same colour) creates a soft look that is classic and beautiful. As colours become more contrasted the look gets more powerful.

Horizontal stripes are a little more edgy and modern than vertical stripes. They make rooms feel wider and can elongate spaces. Horizontal stripes are best used in hallways or connecting spaces, as they will draw the eye further into the room – particularly if the colours for the stripes are picked out from the existing decor. When used in a variety of colours and widths, they feel bold, fun, and fresh.
·       Thin vs Wide Stripes - There are benefits to both options. If you have a small space to work with, thin stripes are the easiest way to get a seamless and much bigger look. Thick stripes, however, are better fitted for larger rooms. Wide stripes with contrasting colours makes for a dramatic and fluid-like space. Whether using bold stripes in a living room or in a transitional space, such as a hallway, they enliven the overall aesthetic.
·       Varying Stripes - Varying sized stripes and in varying colours on any wall or surface makes for an interesting and engaging interior space and the results are visually very appealing. 
·       Using Stripes as Accents - Stripes don’t always have to dominate a room.  They can be used in a subtler way that still delivers a striking response.  Whether on a chair, pillow, rug, or vase, stripes can still make a statement and complement other textures and patterns in the space. Undoubtedly stripes or striped interior accessories should match your interior colour scheme. If the wall stripe print is too busy it is better to pick one colour from it and incorporate in the rest of design. 
·       Stripes on the Ceiling? – Yes, why not!! In more angular rooms, consider taking the stripes trend beyond the walls to the ceiling to add more interest and amplify the room’s angles. Painting the ceiling anything other than white, always makes for a great room.
·       Flooring - Stripes don’t need to be restricted to the four walls of a room, use them in unexpected ways. For a truly unique and bold look, striped flooring is simply amazing. You can do it by using a carpet in any style and size you’d like.
·       Colour - When it comes to colour, an easy way to get a bold look with lots of varying shades is to bring a pattern like stripes into your home. With a timeless appeal in so many variations, the possibilities for using the simple stripe are endless. Want to add drama to a room? Bold contrasting colours will instantly provide an impressive backdrop. Going for a playful vibe? Multi-coloured thin stripes can add excitement and fun. Even though the stripes trend is popular in monochrome, it doesn’t have to be black and white, however, they are graphic enough on their own to create impact.
·       Striped Furnishings - For a high fashion design choice, add a striped furniture piece to your space. If your current furnishings feature block colours, then try accessorising with striped scatter cushions.  Stay within the colour scheme and choose simple pieces to accent the look.
The stripes trend is timeless, classic and trendy – all at the same time. Very few patterns have the staying power of stripes; so, don’t be afraid to bring this trend into your home!
Tips for Decorating with Stripes
1.   Avoid colours that clash. Clashing colours like orange and purple or red and pink will look cluttered and distracting rather than graphic and punchy.
2.   Be sure to counteract stripes with less busy design elements. If you have striped walls, solid furnishings are probably the way to go. If you have striped throw pillows, add a couple of solids and dainty florals between them.
3.   When decorating with stripes consider the size of the room. The larger the room, the wider the stripes should be (when used on walls). Thin stripes can look too cluttered in a large room, while wide stripes can lose their impact in a small space
4.    Subtle techniques like alternating flat and glossy stripes can add perceived depth and dimension to a room without being overly bold or confrontational.
5.   Mixing wide and skinny horizontal stripes work really well on the walls of rec rooms and children's rooms. They create a very playful look.

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