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.
A slate floor and glossy white cabinetry make this retro candy-striped accent wall feel up to date.
Striped pillowcases layered over floral ones look cool on a plain white bedspread.
My Scandinavian Home
Stripes look especially arresting when they're the only print in a space and are surrounded by solid colors.
Stripes of different widths on pillows and blankets in a black-and-white palette add graphic texture to a gray couch.
Try a striped runner to add visual interest to a simple table-and-chairs set.
Don't discount the ceiling as a spot for stripes—especially subtle, pale ones.
Layer colorful rugs for a vibrant, exotic effect.
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.
Going all-out on striped bedding can work if it's in a muted color, such as soft gray.
Striped upholstery in a whitewashed room feels fresh, not stuffy.
Desde My Ventana
In a soft sea-foam green, these super-wide painted wall stripes bring a soothing (not overwhelming) feeling to this bathroom.
Oversized neon pinstripes jazz up a linoleum kitchen floor.