Stripes, as a pattern, have the potential to be wonderful or horrible. The misuse of stripes can make appearance of a room look really terrible, and has a natural cognitive effect on the eye and mind that has the potential to trick you in a good or bad way. Knowledge on stripes is a great asset to have, and can really help you in times of decoration. Here are a few tips to decorating with this pattern.
1.) Choosing the pattern
You always have to know what pattern of stripes you are going to be using, and you have to choose the pattern for the specificparts of a room you intend to decorate. Figure out what you are trying to do with a room, and then you can move forward to picking your pattern.
If you are intending to use a striped pattern on your walls, I suggest using a small width strip of stripes as an accent to the wall color. For example, if you intend to paint your walls a soft yellow color (which I really love, by the way), try putting a strip of stripes of green, red, and orange running along the near top of the wall. This will help to create an interesting pattern, but not overtake your line of vision
You have to have contrast to make stripes visually and aesthetically pleasing. This example of a small amount of stripes with the solid color of yellow as a backing provides contrast to your vision, making it soft and pleasing to the eye as opposed to the extreme impact on the eyes of too many stripes.
Once you have decided what you want to design with stripes, such as the walls or curtains, you can choose what pattern you specifically want.
• Try to make a couple different variations of stripes on your own, with colors you have picked for your general theme
• Once you have made these different variations, you can try putting up a section of each to see which you like the most in setting.
• This will ensure that you have covered a lot of different options that you yourself chose. In this case, regardless of the pattern you end up choosing, it will essentially always be one that you chose!
2.) Less is More
This statement may not always be true in every aspect of design, but I personally think it is in the case of stripes. Stripes can be overbearing to the vision. They also have the ability to trick our visual cortex, warping the depth perception in our eyes. Too much stripe pattern can strain your eyes, and eventually make the whole room displeasing to be in.
Try to use stripes in a minimal; maybe one or two pillows on your couch, along with a similar pattern on your curtains would be an example of enough stripes.
So go out and try a few different of your own stripe patterns, and I’m sure you can mix and match different combinations on different accents in your space. Stripes can be a great addition to a room, but should never be used in excess! Good luck!