Summer 2015 trend: Stripes

As every fashionista knows, stripes are on trend for Spring/Summer 2015. However, as far as interiors are concerned, stripes never seem to be out of fashion. Why, because their versatility means they’re great for creating optical illusions, a contemporary vibe or bringing serene elegance to interiors.



Interior designers have a multitude of tricks up their sleeves which they regularly apply to get amazing results. A trusted favourite is stripes, which is often used to alter a room’s perceived shape or size.


Horizontal stripes

Used horizontally, stripes can give the illusion of width and make your room appear wider than it actually is. And although the thought of using them in small rooms may seem like a chaotic choice, stripes can actually make them appear bigger.


Vertical stripes

When used vertically, stripes can also give the illusion of height and make your ceiling appear higher than it is. When used in flooring they can elongate rooms and hallways by drawing the eye along the length of the room, and make staircases appear taller by drawing the eye up the stairs.


How do you like your stripes?

Depending on the look you’re aiming for, stripes can be used in a variety of ways to add contrast, elegance and playfulness to interiors.


To achieve a classic, traditional look, use stripes of the same width or opt for tone on tone to perfect elegance. Using a combination of flat and glossy stripes also oozes sophistication and works well in traditional room designs.



To achieve a contemporary look, vary the width of the stripes and opt for a bold or contrasting colour palette. This can also create a fun, playful feel which is ideal for children’s bedrooms or playrooms.



How to get stripes into your room design

The possibilities for including stripes in your room design are endless. From wallpaper, paint and flooring, to furnishings, bedding, furniture, trinkets and objet d’art, stripes are easily accessible and in plentiful supply.


Walls: whether you’re using wallpaper or paint, the general rule of thumb is the larger the room, the wider the stripe.


Floors: use stripes to complement the natural flow of your home’s layout. Use horizontally to make a narrow room or hallway feel wider and use vertically to lengthen. Use striped stair runners or carpets to draw the eye up the stairs and to disguise dirt in high traffic areas.


Windows: use curtains and blinds with vertical stripes to elongate windows and give the optical illusion of height.


Accents: cushions, throws, bedding, lampshades, vases and artwork are all subtle ways of including stripes in your design. And striped glass spalshbacks are ideal for injecting colour into kitchens and bathrooms.


Whether you’re using stripes boldly on walls and floors or introducing them gently into your room design through furnishings, remember to include calmer elements such as solid colours to balance the overall feel and keep it looking stylish.