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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Stripe Hype!

We absolutely love the dramatic, polished look of stripes in a room. Whether it's tone-on-tone paint on the walls, fabulous wallpaper, or fabric on a piece of furniture, it is a classic look that is here to stay. And they can be so fun too! Here are some of our favorites!

Ok, this room is extreme, but wow! This is best described as Bendel's meets Willy Wonka. If you love stripes, well, this room throws down the gauntlet. If you love stripes but don't want the LSD effect, then here are a few other chic suggestions....

We love this non-traditional nursery (no toile to be found, and how cool is that mobile!). The stripes on the ceiling are so unexpected and fun. And while we normally wouldn't pair black with yellow at the risk of looking bumble bee-ish, it works in this room! Jenna Lyon's (creative director of JCrew) nursery in Domino.

How fab are the green lacquered cabinets with the dramatic black and white striped walls in this small kitchen?! Methinks Dorothy Draper would approve! The black and white stripes plus the apple green are so retro, yet look so modern here. We're not into matchy-matchy, but for some reason we love that complementing black and white striped dishtowel. It's so cheekey! Miles Redd-designed kitchen in Domino.

We recently saw pics of Kate Spade's apartment in Town & Country and loved it! And one of the first things we noticed was that she has some sort of stripes in every room! We love her use of color and her mixture of pieces from different periods. Traditional yet so fresh and whimsical, just like her designs (Sam bags excluded).

Love Kate's red striped chair. And the salon style art grouping. Even this paint color as a neutral palette for the room. Of course, we can't overlook the Waterworks bathroom fixtures (I think) in the background.

This picture shows how stripes can really anchor a room. They're practically a neutral here, don't you think?

Love the striped chair and combo of styles in Kate's room. This room has SO MUCH going on- we might get a little bit of a headache after spending more than 5 minutes in it! Yet it works. Is that a needlepoint rug I spy? Yet it doesn't look granny in the least.

We'd love to eat a cozy breakfast on this striped banquette/ window seat in Kate's kitchen. We just might stay all day and read the Sunday Times! Once again, black and white and green in the kitchen. It works!
Notice Kate's striped hallway in the background. So polished and elegant.

Love the striped rug and Target beds (upholstered headboards with nailhead trim from Target). Turquoise and red together? Yes please. Oh, and we have heard a little secret that brass is back... Domino.

And don't forget, stripes aren't just for the walls! For the same effect without breaking out a paintbrush, try a striped rug, like the one in Sunrise and Mark Ruffalo's home! Domino

Charming striped entryway. How dramatic is this black and white?! It compliments any accent color. We love this tonal look, though we would like to see a pop of color somewhere! Southern Accents.

This striped powder room just makes us happy. The colors, the honeycomb tile, the white wicker, the overall beachy feel. As much as we love to DIY, we think that painting stripes on a sloped ceiling might require the work of a professional, though... Coastal Living (one of our favorites!).
Horizontal stripes are a fun change of pace, and these colors look like a giant ribbon belt (in a good way)! Love the curved coffee table legs and green tufted cushions to soften up all the hard lines in this room. And we have been lusting after those green and white lattice throw pillows for a while now...

How welcoming is this bedroom with the striped canopy? So pretty with the damask walls. We can't decide if it is the master or a guest room. I'm leaning towards Master. What do you think?

Isn't this monogrammed pillow to die for? And it really looks modern when paired next to a more whimsical Jonathan Adler pillow. We also love the assortment of pictures on the wall. It looks so effortless, yet we know it takes a lot of planning to make such a variety of pictures look cohesive. It's such a personal, homey look.

More of everyone's favorite stripey room! Domino's Tori Mellot's fabulous living room. Love everything about it, especially that cocktail table! The woman has style!!! Domino.

And, of course, stripes in a MoS foyer. The stripes on the wall are actually hand-painted, not wallpaper! I can give painstaking directions for how to paint them (and how to make sure you choose the right color the first time so you don't have to go back and re-do them.....) No drinking wine while doing this project, but it's worth it in the end!
Do you have stripes in your house? What color stripes are your fave?


Julie said...

I love this post! The stripes look so fun and fresh. Well done to the MOS girl who painted those striped walls herself - it looks fantastic.

Connor Atkinson said...

Great post and beautiful examples of how to integrate stripes into your time i paint i am definitely adding stripes. love the website!

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