Decorate with stripes –to smarten up a scheme

From highly tailored pinstripes to bold and broad lines, the diversity and timelessness of stripes makes them suitable for every room of the house, as our gallery of ideas demonstrates.

If you want to decorate with stripes, we recommend you take a look at our gallery of inspiring ways to use a classic stripe in your scheme.

'Stripes bring order and structure to a space and have the ability to redirect the eye. When incorporated into an interior scheme, they inject a dose of understated elegance and sophistication. I'm drawn to layering when designing an interior scheme, and incorporating stripes into the design provides the perfect structure that can then be contrasted with other designs, pattern and colour,' according to Roselind Wilson,Founder, Roselind Wilson Design, roselindwilsondesign.com.

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Classic and playful in equal measure, this season’s stripes on fabrics, furniture and accessories have reignited our love affair with this timeless trend.

Appreciated for their dirt-defying nature, stripes were initially confined to high-traffic areas, such as stairs, but their appeal is now spreading. Taking inspiration from the fabric world where stripes are everywhere, flooring has now caught up and offers a far greater choice of designs than ever before.

Floor show

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Floor show

‘A smart stripe –whether wide or narrow – is a classic pattern that will visually elongate and widen a room, just as floorboards do. Striped floor coverings began to be introduced into homes about 10 years ago in a rather tentative way when the first collections arrived on the market,’ says Lorna Haigh, Head of creative, Alternative Flooring, alternativeflooring.co.uk. A striped rug against an otherwise plain background is a powerful tool in interior architecture – it has the effect of redirecting the eye and reshaping a space.

On the floor

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On the floor

Be creative with flooring – a horizontal stripe a graphic and anchors the scheme. Black and white is a much stronger accent when paired with a bold colour. ‘Today, the floor is increasingly being used as the 'fifth wall' and pattern gives a room instant character and vitality. Brightly coloured striped floors provide an opportunity to inject colour and set contrasts,’ explains Lorna Haigh, Head of creative, Alternative Flooring, alternativeflooring.co.uk.

Take it outside

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Take it outside

Simple to construct using eyelets, tent poles and and guy ropes, a candy-striped canopy provides a charming alternative to a garden parasol.

Ground control

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Ground control

Striped carpeting on stairs makes a design statement as soon as you enter a house, but it needn't be limited to this area. More people are finding the confidence to play with different breadths and scales throughout the house, from broad to ticking and pencil stripes.

Line up

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Line up

Stripes tend to create the illusion of space: vertical stripes make ceilings look higher and horizontal ones make rooms appear wider, so they are perfect in spaces that are quite compact. Using vertical stripes in an already large room accentuates the ceiling height and expansive nature of the space.

Line up

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Line up

Stripes tend to create the illusion of space: vertical stripes make ceilings look higher and horizontal ones make rooms appear wider, so they are perfect in spaces that are quite compact. Using vertical stripes in an already large room accentuates the ceiling height and expansive nature of the space.