7 ways to use stripes in your scheme

From luxurious living rooms to stylish hallways, discover 7 ways to smarten up your scheme with the humble stripe

1. Use stripes to: create coastal cool

The gentle palette of sky blue, soft white and dove grey gives this coastal scheme a soothing, easy-to-live with feel. Make floral patterns, pinstripes, block colours and artwork work in harmony by sticking to this understated colour scheme, then add country-style weaves and traditional oak finishes to add to the cosy feel.

bedroom with stripes wallpaper and floral frame

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2. Use stripes to: create a smart, linear look

From a boxy bookshelf and block photo frames to a structured sofa
and angular lamp, this room's smart style is a result of its clean
lines and square edges. The understated stripe wallpaper complements this
linear look perfectly – choose one with subtle detailing and muted
colours to keep the overall look pared-back and calm.

living area with wooden flooring and grey sofa

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3. Use stripes to: give a simple nook some extra interest

Take away the pattern and this unassuming hallway feels pretty nondescript, but throw in a few stripes and it suddenly has real charm. Don't overlook the rattan baskets, too – their simple two-tone pattern adds a subtle stripe while loading up on handy storage.

room with stripes wall and cupboard

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4. Use stripes to: modernise a period property

It can be tricky to bring traditional features up to date, but this striking monochrome sofa shows how bold stripes can really empower a room.

living room with sofa with black and white stripes

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5. Use stripes to: break up a neutral palette

As pretty as an off-white room can be, this scheme proves that it's worth being bold with a daring splash of colour. Not a fan of conventional stripes? Look out for geometric patterns, such as this square-print rug, for a contemporary and colourful twist on the classic stripe.

living room with stripes rug

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6. Use stripes to: pull a colour scheme together

Lemon yellow and cool grey can sit side by side quite happily, but why not make your scheme work a little harder by throwing in the occasional pattern, too? Chevron bedding, buttercup-coloured cushions, pinstriped quilts and geometric box shelves all show how well-layered patterns can really bring a look together.

bedroom with grey sofa and lemon wall

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7. Use stripes to: kickstart a luxe look

This elegant room is full of luxurious little details – golden furniture, shimmering textures and plush fabrics combine for a decadent, glamorous feel. There's no sense choosing a wallpaper to compete with these confident buys, so go for one with a subtle stripe and soft gold detailing to complement the look without overpowering it.

living room with grey sofa and fur rug

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