Mismatched stripes create an easy-going feel in the living room. Introducing pieces in wood and metal helps to give the look a more utilitarian edge. A rich blue for the walls that matches the stripes will unite the scheme and make it cosy.
Hinton three-seater sofa, from £2,665 plus 16m of fabric, Wesley-Barrell
Ticking 2 in Airforce, cotton, £22.50 per m, Ian Mankin
Rock in Marine, cotton, £37 per m, William Yeoward at Designers Guild
Layered stripes work best when broken up with plain fabrics such as linens. Furniture with a rustic edge will introduce a softer, more laid-back feel.
The juxtaposition of vertical and horizontal stripes is a perfect way to create a fresh, contemporary look. A pinstriped carpet is a delicate option that continues the theme but will not overpower the room. To ensure the dining area remains light and inviting, opt for crisp white curtains.
Turning a striped wallpaper on its side will give a more contemporary look to the space. Matching designs on the wallpaper and chair covers create a satisfying sense of unity.
Soft neutrals can be brought to life by adding a range of tickings and patterns, but the key is to ensure they all come from the same colour palette. Fabric instead of wallpaper is an effective way to add further texture and interest.
Choosing a pleasing combination of muted shades, such as the soothing soft grey and sage green seen here, will add to the room's calming atmosphere.
Falmouth in Olive, cotton mix, £68 per m, William Yeoward at Designers Guild
Large cushion cover
Doveflight, £44 per m, Mark Hearld at St Jude's
Small cushion cover
Rajmata in Celadon, cotton mix, £142 per m, Peter Dunham at Tissus d'Hélène