The Power of Stripes

I feel terribly inspired by stripes lately. Everywhere I look, beautiful interiors are displaying stripes one way or the other: on rugs, upholstery and wall treatments. Not to mention clothing. So I decided to have a closer look and find out more about this omnipresent pattern.

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Ralph Lauren Home Collection 2016

As you all know, stripes have long been a favorite for decorators and fashion designers alike. It is a simple yet powerful pattern formed with bands of the same width and color that repeat along the length of a piece of fabric. Two toned stripes are best known for their use in men’s clothing (though plenty of women wear them too) and have quite a dazzling motion effect.

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Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 Collection

When it comes to decorating, the stripe does great on its own but can be successfully combined with solids, florals and other geometric patterns. Like in this pretty mood board put together by designer Mark D. Sikes:

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I was surprised to find out there are many different types of stripes, based on their width and combination of colors. Not to get to technical about it, but here are some of the most frequently used:

  1. AWNING STRIPES:  a pattern of relatively wide, even, typically vertical stripes of solid color against a lighter background. It is named after its most common use, on window awnings.

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Like so:

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  2. BENGAL STRIPES: stripes of apparently the same width and alternating light and dark colors. The Bengal stripe is wider   than the candy stripe but narrower than the awning stripe. It takes its name from its place of origin, India.

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  3. CANDY STRIPE: it is very much like the Bengal stripe, except the colored bands are narrower. The name comes from their use for hospital volunteer uniforms.

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4. PENCIL STRIPE: also known as ‘dress stripe’ is a pattern produced by lines that are about as thick as ones drawn by a pencil.

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5. HAIRLINE STRIPE:  as you’ve probably guessed, are those stripes with a width equal to the diameter of human hair.

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6. MIXED STRIPES: One of the most interesting and frequently used in interior design, mixed stripes combine at least two of the above. There’s something really appealing about wider awning stripes alternating bengal, candy or pencil stripes.

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Although it may be considered less sophisticated than the intricate suzani or less intriguing than the fun ikat, never underestimate the power of a great stripe. Here are some spaces to prove it!

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Ralph Lauren 

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Pinterest 

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Pinterest

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Mark D. Sikes

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Mark D. Sikes

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

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Mark D. Sikes

Café Design | Michelle Adams -Home Tour

Michelle Adams

Have a great weekend!

xo,

Eva

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