Unite the contours of an awkward space with bands of colour, separated by seams of white to keep the look fresh. Mix in different-scale stripes, such as the skinny ones on this runner, for a modern edge.
Use bold stripes on stairs to draw the eye up. Bordering it in white defines the runner, making it stand out, and also helps to tie it in with the white-bordered stripes on the wall.
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Introduce stripes through upholstery from bedheads to curtains. Here the two clashing fabrics are united in their boldness and balanced by a soothing neutral backdrop.
All too often, stripes can look formal. Create a relaxed look by hand-painting stripes with visible brush strokes. To achieve equally spaced bands, draw vertical lines in pencil, then use the width of your brush as a guide.
Painted floorboards can take the striped concept very easily. Paint them in a graduating spectrum you could use colour cards as inspiration.
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