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Mad About . . .

Mad About … Stripes

14th January 2013
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In this mini-series on trend predictions for the year ahead, it’s time to think about stripes. According to the theinknest.com: “Stripes will be everywhere in 2013. Stripes in all sizes and colours were a huge runway trend during Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week. It is predicted that home decor and graphic design will not be escaping them either.”

image from roomenvy.com

image from roomenvy.com

You will be literally living in stripes this year: wearing ’em and sitting on ’em. The great thing about stripes is that it’s an incredibly versatile look. Fat stripes, thin ones, a mixture of both. Bright colours, muted colours, monochrome for beginners. For the bold and the brave lay them on the carpet or paint them on the walls. For the more restrained, think about a simple stair runner or a few cushions.  You can match them or clash them, keep them to the accessories or one piece of accent furniture. Here are some ideas:

You can carpet the floor

Carpet by Crucial Trading

Carpet by Crucial Trading

Or stick to a stair runner

image from theflooringgroup.co.uk

image from theflooringgroup.co.uk

Or perhaps you’d prefer to start small (and crucially, not permanently) with a rug:

zig zag rug from urban outfitters £65

zig zag rug from urban outfitters £65

You can paint the walls

wide stripes are softer than narrow ones

wide stripes are softer than narrow ones

Either horizontally or vertically

image from garrisonhullinger.com

image from garrisonhullinger.com

Or just stick to the accessories

West Elm striped bedding from decorpad.com

West Elm striped bedding
from decorpad.com

Like a cushion or two

Cari Woven Striped Cushion from Rowenandwren.co.uk £68

Cari Woven Striped Cushion from www.rowenandwren.co.uk £68

Miss Behaving sofa from sofaworkshop with stripe cushion

Miss Behaving sofa from sofaworkshop with stripe cushion

You can start with the furniture

striped sofa in Alice + Olivia’s showroom. Image: Alice + Olivia

striped sofa in Alice + Olivia’s showroom. Image: Alice + Olivia

Or even a chair

Mr and Mrs Smith chair by anthonyhartley.com

Mr and Mrs Smith chair by www.anthonyhartley.com

How about a coffee table? (And you could paint that yourself)

Porada coffee table from £1880.40 from campbellwatson.co.uk

Porada coffee table from £1880.40 from campbellwatson.co.uk

Or perhaps just keep it really small

Tu Coastal Stripe Jug from   Sainsburys £8

Tu Coastal Stripe Jug from Sainsburys £8

And finally, here’s a picture from Ikea’s latest release. Get ready for summer … with stripes

NGSÖ long tables, benches and chairs with armrests. from ikea's summer range

NGSÖ long tables, benches and chairs with armrests. from ikea’s summer range

 

So then stripes. Are you inspired?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Anne 22nd March 2013 at 11:38 am

    I adore that crucial trading carpet, i really want it but can’t afford it, do you know of any cheaper similar ones by any chance? you have some gorgeous ideas and images here, love your site.

  • Mike Bowers 15th January 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The wallpaper/painted wall? with the vertical stripes – love it, as well as the rest of the room’s design. The stripy coffee table’s right up my street too….

  • Helen 15th January 2013 at 9:15 am

    I keep revisiting that zig zag rug from Urban Outfitters. I’ve had my eye on it for some time. I think I need it for my office.

  • Devika Khosla 15th January 2013 at 6:12 am

    Stripes is a tricky detail to follow, but whatever you have chosen has been stylised so well! Love the colour palette and geometrical designs! Yes, inspired!

  • Andrea Morgan 14th January 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Beautiful Interiors Kate, love that Mr & Mrs Smith Chair

  • Nnena McKenzie 14th January 2013 at 9:21 pm

    No. Hate them. Stripes date, fail to flatter and generally unsettle me. I have just one striped cushion in my entire house. But that’s just me.

    • Mike Bowers 22nd January 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Nooo Nnena, depends how they’re used. They can look very on trend used correctly. Are you honestly saying you don’t like *any* of the designs above?!

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