Doing lines – how stripes are the hottest pattern in town

Livingetc shows 5 ways to decorate with stripes that are anything but straight

Whether used in subtle, soft-focus prints or strong classical designs, these fabrics and wallpapers line up in full colour.

1. Tropical fever

Mix semi-transparent curtains with bright, poppy fabrics for a beautifully exotic look. Mexican-inspired upholstery adds a hint of Latino spice.
Curtains made in Contura polyester-silk mix in 68 Power, Nya Nordiska.
Shibori 110441 wallpaper in Pebble, Wabi Sabi collection at Scion.
Brick Lane king-size bed in oak, Sofas & Stuff; upholstered in Caramba Mexico CAB58993047 cotton, Caselio.
Driftwood and glass side table, Oka.

2. Monochrome madness

Play with angles and mix and match different surfaces to give Regency stripes a modern twist. Keep the palette simple but sophisticated.
Small Squares wallpaper, Graham & Brown; painted in Tawny Desert matt emulsion, Sanderson.
William wallpaper in Black, Sandberg.

3. Floating on high

Give hard lines a soft, feminine edge with floaty trimmings in delicate pastel hues.
Ceiling in Montcalm MLF2192-02 cotton, Lorca at Osborne & Little.
Happy 3869 wallpaper, on chimney breast, Eco.
Harlem oak veneer table in White, Natuzzi.
Chippendale lacquered wood side chair in White with linen-blend seat in Navy, Jonathan Adler.
Carousel hand-woven rattan chair in White, Soane Britain.

4. Coastal cool

Let the little ones earn their stripes as surf and skate superstars – horizontal lines and coastal colours create the perfect beachcomber vibe.
Plateau wallpaper 110508, Landscapes collection at Harlequin.
Treehouse bed in natural lime wood, François Lamazerolles for The Conran Shop.
Crash mat upholstered in Porto Vecchio 32260235, Cala Rossa collection at Casamance.
Storage trunks, Next Home.

5. Sun seeker

Create a sun-soaked, upbeat space with geometric yellow bands. Offsetting the stripes creates an op-art version of glinting sun, while gradually widening them opens up the room at head height.
Yellow stripes painted in 39YY66813, Dulux.
Ray table, Paolo Cattelan for Cattelan Italia at Geoffrey Drayton.
Kate chairs, Giogio Cattelan for Cattelan Italia at Chaplins.

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