7 Ways to Incorporate Stripes into Your Home Decor

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Conveying the striped theme throughout the room with a variety of widths and colors
Conveying the striped theme throughout the room with a variety of widths and colors (visualcondition)

You can earn your stripes the easy way with wallpaper, wall panels, rugs and fabrics.  Designing your space with stripes can be a fun way to add interest and refined elegance to your home.  Stripes come in all shapes and sizes and can bring a fresh look to your interiors.  Here are seven ways to incorporate stripes into your home décor for a stylish and modern look.

Subtle stripes give dimension
Subtle stripes give dimension (nancymeadowsdesigns)
Striped panels frame this space
Striped panels frame this space (decorationarch.net)
Subtle tone-on-tone stripes lead the eye up
Subtle tone-on-tone stripes lead the eye up (jiasong23.blogspot)
  1.  Dimensional Stripes

Alternating materials, such as wood and glass, can create an intriguing striped design on your walls and bring a wealth of dimension and character to the space.

Wall panels add a stripe pattern
Wall panels add a stripe pattern (decoist)

Wood dividers form a “striped” pattern around this space.

Space divider gives room dimension with stripe pattern
Space divider gives room dimension with stripe pattern (meddiodesign)

Framing wooden pieces on the wall creates a dimensional striped pattern.

Raised striped panels give this room dimension
Raised striped panels give this room dimension (download3dhouse)

Simply using boards that are textured or painted in a stripe pattern add dimension to a room.

Striped wall panels
Striped wall panels (3dhouse777)

Handsome pinstripes add visual height to this sleek room.

Striped wall panel (HGTV)
Striped wall panel

2.  Tone-on-tone Stripes

A tone-on-tone striped wallpaper or paint treatment is a subtle effect that adds tailored elegance to interiors.

Subtle tone-on-tone stripes enhance this room
Subtle tone-on-tone stripes enhance this room (bazarhome)

The front entrance of your home is a perfect place to add a bold color striped wallpaper.  The tone-on-tone of the wallpaper helps to de-saturate and the white trim adds a crisp, elegant contrast.

Tone-on-tone stripes give this entryway color and interest
Tone-on-tone stripes give this entryway color and interest (Pinterest)

Tone-on-tone wallpaper works to incorporate pattern and dimension into a monochromatic color scheme.

Tone-on-tone stripes enhance this bedroom
Tone-on-tone stripes enhance this bedroom (decoist)

A large horizontal stripe adds unexpected interest and visually opens up a smaller space.

Tone-on-tone horizontal stripes add an unexpected punch to this room
Tone-on-tone horizontal stripes add an unexpected punch to this room (decoist)

Elegant silver tone-on-tone striped wallpaper finishes this room off nicely, giving it a sophisticated traditional appeal.

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Tone-on-tone striped wallpaper adds interest and distinction
Tone-on-tone striped wallpaper adds interest and distinction (decoradvisor.net)

Creamy tone-on-tone stripes give lift to this beautiful room.  The subtle stripes add structure and balance the softer angles of the furniture.

Subtle tone-on-tone striped wallpaper
Subtle tone-on-tone striped wallpaper (aliexpress)

3.  Upholstery

Stripes play wonderful accompaniment to floral or other geometric prints.  When used on upholstery, stripes are a stylish addition to any room.  Bold stripes, thin stripes or stripes varied in size…all patterns offer great contrast and enhancement to other prints and solids.

A black and white striped sofa enhances this living room
A black and white striped sofa enhances this living room (designshuffle)

Pink and tan stripes put a bit of punch into the end chairs of this table, while the sofa has a subtle striped print to blend with the color scheme.

Striped fabric on the chairs picks up colors from other fabrics
Striped fabric on the chairs picks up colors from other fabrics (homewallpaper.net)

This striped sofa provides the perfect backdrop for the collection of patterned throw pillows.  The combination works well because the colors are the same and the scale is varied.

Stripes are a great contrast when mixing patterns
Stripes are a great contrast when mixing patterns (interiordesignprinciples.blogspot)

Wide stripes give traditional furniture a contemporary update, while taking color cues from the damask wallpaper.

Wide stripes on this chair pick up the tones in the wallpaper
Wide stripes on this chair pick up the tones in the wallpaper (bunnatinedreams.blogspot)

Blue and white stripes on the backs of these dining chairs offer a pleasing contrast.

A striped back on chairs adds interest
A striped back on chairs adds interest (oaktreelife)

The striped fabric on the bench adds a bit of energy to this room and complementary pillows on the solid sofa provide balance of pattern.

Striped sofa and accent pillows
Striped sofa and accent pillows (meinehause)

Wavy stripes give a distinct enhancement to this room, providing a chic contrast to the neutral solids.

Wavy stripe pattern offers a touch of pattern
Wavy stripe pattern offers a touch of pattern (Houzz)

4.  Windows

Window panels in striped patterns provide a stylish frame to the room.  Vertical stripes visually heighten the room, especially when mounted above the window frame.  Horizontal stripes add a modern edge to a space and widen the space visually.

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Wide horizontal stripes on the window treatment frame the room
Wide horizontal stripes on the window treatment frame the room (decoist)

This classic styled living room gets a boost with horizontal striped panels that frame the room.

Striped curtains frame the room
Striped curtains frame the room (perfect-diy-ideas)

Vertical striped panels further elongate the window and provide a great contrast to the room’s color palette.

Striped window panels add interest
Striped window panels add interest (chantiki)

For a subtle soft element in the room, install neutral tone-on-tone panels.

Wide horizontal striped window panels give subtle pattern
Wide horizontal striped window panels give subtle pattern (diagensis.BlogSpot)

5.  Rugs

A rug anchors a space and provides a texture, color and/or patterned element.  Area rugs are a great way to employ versatile, non-permanent stripes into your decorating scheme.

Pin stripe rug anchors this room
Pin stripe rug anchors this room (meddiodesign)

This striped area rug plays off the brick wall and enhances the white sofa, while defining this space.

Striped red rug anchors this space
Striped red rug anchors this space (oaktreelife)

Placing a striped rug that runs opposite the stripes on the sofas creates interest and contrast.  This works well due to the sofa fabric and rug being within the same color family.  The warm caramel of the leather seating contrasts nicely with the rug.

Striped rugs and upholstery
Striped rugs and upholstery (addodecor)

Neutral bands of color replicate the striped fabric on the pair of chairs and provide a solid foundation for this room.

Wide striped rug visually widens space
Wide striped rug visually widens space (apartmentlifestyle.net)

6.  Not all stripes are straight

Stripes don’t have to be straight to be called stripes.  They can be wavy, angled, curved, embellished, or even zebra.  Stripes of a different style bring out a more fun and modern dynamic in your interiors.

Stripes can be uneven for added interest
Stripes can be uneven for added interest (decoist)

A wavy striped area rug gives this room a touch of whimsy.

Wavy striped rug gives visual interest
Wavy striped rug gives visual interest (jossandmain)

Zebra stripes are always in style and add a distinct style to any interior design scheme, traditional or modern.

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Zebra stripes are always in style
Zebra stripes are always in style (Pinterest)

Zebra stripes in a color other than black or brown add a playfulness and boost of color.  In this room of all white, the zebra rug provides definition of space, anchoring the room.

Beautiful blue and white zebra striped rug creates flow
Beautiful blue and white zebra striped rug creates flow (homestratosphere)

A pleasing blend of wavy stripes, small and large, give this small chair a modern vibe.

Stripes come in all shapes and sizes
Stripes come in all shapes and sizes (examsuites)

Pillows with wavy stripes add a touch of softness and variety.

Wavy striped pillows
Wavy striped pillows (Wayfair)

7.  All Sizes

Wide stripes can bring a very modern appeal to an interior.  Varying widths add a richness and dimension to a space.

Horizontally striped wallpaper of varying widths gives interest to this room
Horizontally striped wallpaper of varying widths gives interest to this room (laurelandwolf)

A varying scale of stripe gives this room a modern vibe and makes artwork stand out.

Wide striped walls give this room dimension
Wide striped walls give this room dimension (bestofinteriors)

Bold and large stripes appear more like color blocks and add a strong element of dimension to this bedroom.

Wide stripes create interest
Wide stripes create interest (meddiodesign)

Blending the colors of this room, the feature wall of wide stripes is bold, fresh and modern.  This space thrums with energy and cosmopolitan charm.

Wide striped feature wall
Wide striped feature wall (decoist)

Bold tone-on-tone stripes encircle this room and give it a dimensional lift.

Large bands of color create interest
Large bands of color create interest (creativeeleganceinteriors.wordpress)

Bold stripes are carried over onto the ceiling to elongate this room and give it a pop of color.  The stripes balance the color scheme.

Large stripes of color highlight this living space
Large stripes of color highlight this living space (HGTV)

Subtle tone-on-tone stripes are bordered with the room’s complementary orange, unifying the design.

Large outlined stripes on walls give horizontal interest
Large outlined stripes on walls give horizontal interest (decoist)

Whatever color, shape or size of stripes you prefer, adding them to your home in a subtle way is easy.  Stripes make your rooms modern, sophisticated and elegant or bold and fun.

 

 

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