Vertical or horizontal, bold or subtle, stripes make a one-of-a-kind impact. This linear pattern adds an unexpected visual appeal to a space, introducing a unique design element that enlivens everything in a room: walls, furniture, bedding, and, of course, area rugs.
As you think about decorating with such a stylized pattern, keep the following parameters in mind. While vertical stripes create an illusion of height when incorporating them on a wall or window treatment, horizontal stripes make a hallway feel longer, which creates a very compelling placement for a striped area rug. Another great design rule of thumb when choosing a stripe for a room is to base the width of the stripe on the overall proportions of the room. The larger the room, the wider the bands should be in order to make the strongest design statement.
The colors used in striped patterns can create any manner of different moods. Multicolored stripes, with a cheery and whimsical vibe, are perfect for kids’ rooms. For a more sophisticated look, use tonal stripes, which work well in more neutral or classic spaces.
Capel Rugs offers an amazing selection of striped area rugs for traditional or contemporary styles, for a refined look or a whimsical appeal. We’ve featured a few or our favorites below — we hope you’ll search our site and tell us what you think. What are some of your favorite ways to design with stripes?