15 Modern Ways to Decorate Using the All-Time Classic Print: Stripes

15 Modern Ways to Decorate Using the All-Time Classic Print: Stripes
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Stripes are a classic print—in fashion, interiors, and everywhere else—for a reason: They’re simple, they have endless variations in terms of size and color, and can be styled to work with just about any look, from boho to minimalist.

Two vibes to avoid when decorating with stripes (and it’s harder than it sounds) are the overly nautical or preppy looks. Both style schools have leaned a little too heavily on stripes to define their look, in my opinion, and now we often associate stripes with one or the other—or both.

These 15 spaces employ smart styling tricks to use stripes in chic, modern ways. Steal these tips to make stripes work in your own space.

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A slate floor and glossy white cabinetry make this retro candy-striped accent wall feel up to date.

Coral Interiors

Striped pillowcases layered over floral ones look cool on a plain white bedspread.

My Scandinavian Home

Layer a bright Persian rug over a larger striped one.

Classy Clutter

Stripes look especially arresting when they're the only print in a space and are surrounded by solid colors.

Planete Deco

 

Stripes of different widths on pillows and blankets in a black-and-white palette add graphic texture to a gray couch.

Bolig Liv

Try a striped runner to add visual interest to a simple table-and-chairs set.

Kotivnkki

Don't discount the ceiling as a spot for stripes—especially subtle, pale ones.

Nick Bayless/Houzz

Layer colorful rugs for a vibrant, exotic effect.

Chairish

Pastel stripes look sophisticated, instead of cloying, when offset by weightier pieces in wood and stone.

SF Girl by the Bay

Try a bold rug with wide, chunky stripes for an easy way to incorporate stripes.

Design Attractor

Going all-out on striped bedding can work if it's in a muted color, such as soft gray.

House Tweaking

Striped upholstery in a whitewashed room feels fresh, not stuffy.

Desde My Ventana

An area rug adds warmth and texture to a cozy dining nook.

One Kind Design

In a soft sea-foam green, these super-wide painted wall stripes bring a soothing (not overwhelming) feeling to this bathroom.

Jules Duffy

Oversized neon pinstripes jazz up a linoleum kitchen floor.

Decoist

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