Tuesday, May 4, 2010

earning our stripes

what are your thoughts on striped walls? i kind of love them! i think it's easy for a striped room to go horribly awry, but here are some images i've been collecting that i think get it right. what i notice that they all have in common is that the stripes are the same width in each color, rather than having one of the colors thicker.

in the case of the photo above, the stripes are two different shades in the same color family, which totally works and gives the room a soothing feel, despite its many colors and potentially busy stripe. another idea i've heard is to do the same exact color, just do one matte and one eggshell or glossy...that's a cool idea, isn't it?

the room below is also really soothing- i love the stripes in muted oatmeal and white, especially with the robin's egg blue in there too, and the use of the toile fabric against the graphic stripe.

this orange striped entryway makes me feel like i'm on vacation - love it. rather than using a contrasting pattern like the toile above, i sort of love how the couch is upholstered in a matching awning stripe to the wall. it's playful and fun.

here are a few in yellow, which i think is a great way to use such a vibrant color without overdoing it or having to wear sunglasses inside. the light totally bounces off these walls, but the interplay of the white and yellow tempers it just enough.

and look how unexpected and cool the ceiling here is. impossibly cool baby's room, btw (of course it's in the home of the painfully stylish jenna lyons).

here, in a more traditionally appointed nursery, turquoise and white stripes make an appearance and totally wake up the space. i love all the other punches of color mixed in here and how they play with the stripe.

and of course, black and white is always a classic combination in anything. check out the ceiling on the last picture here!

our downstairs powder room is screaming out to be spruced up but i don't want to paint it a solid color...i toyed with wallpaper, and i'm still considering it. but these stripes look pretty good...

photos from mrs. jones painted finishes, materialgirlsblog, hgtv, house to home uk, darling savage, in my house, apartment therapy, annechovie, lonny, apartment therapy


Erin said...

Ooh I just love big, bold stripes! That b&w foyer is spectacular! And I LOVE that nursery!

Katherine said...

I love the look of painted stripes and hope to one day convince my husband to help me paint them. I'll probably wait to put that much effort into it until we are in a home that will be ours for more than 2-3 years.

I have also loved that yellow striped ceiling in the nursery since I saw that in Domino awhile back. I have kept that image filed away for when we have a baby. Again, hopefully I can convince hubby to help paint the stripes :)

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