Sophisticated Stripes

By Oliver Burns

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August 13, 2018|Luxury Design

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  • old patterns and geometrics have been key in design for a number of seasons now. However there is one pattern that we can always rely on to produce outstanding results and striking spaces; sophisticated stripes. With a timeless appeal in so many variations, from pinstripe to thick bands and vertical to horizontal, the possibilities for using the simple stripe are endless.
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Choosing a stripe will depend on the room you want to focus on. Vertical stripes are great in rooms that need some added height, creating the illusion of elongating a room. A thin stripe can create a real sense of hotel style sophistication, seen here in our master bedroom design. This Ralph Lauren pinstripe wallpaper brings an additional element to the room versus the use of a block colour.

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Alternatively horizontal stripes will immediately enlarge a space and are easily carried through different rooms. Best used in hallways or connecting spaces, a horizontal stripe will draw the eye further into the property – particularly if the colours for the stripes are picked out from the existing decor. They don’t need to be restricted to flat walls either, this curvaceous entrance hall is immediately enhanced by the flow of the sweeping horizontal lines.

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Other things to consider are the width and colour of the stripe. A thick banded stripe is ideal for creating a bold graphic statement without being too heavy on the eye and a simple two colour stripe using a bright and a neutral is recommended for a luxurious, timeless appeal.

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It’s important not to forget the smaller spaces in the home too. Cloakrooms are an ideal place for injecting pattern, particularly a stripe, as they can create a grand effect in a small space. In more angular rooms, consider taking the stripes beyond the walls to the ceiling to add more interest and amplify the room’s angles, achieved in the cloakroom above.

Image via Ham Yard Hotel

Clean and crisp stripes are effortlessly glamorous and unlike many other patterns they sit well alongside other graphic prints. Here, in a bedroom at the Hamyard Hotel, London, a vibrant and graphic mix of colour and pattern are mixed to create a room that although colourful, still feels calm and tranquil, thanks to the uniformity of the stripe.

Image via The Rosewood Hotel

Stripes don’t need to be restricted to the four walls of a room, use them in unexpected ways. Here, a bold striped carpet in a room at The Rosewood Hotel, London anchors the entire space. Fabric accents such as striped towelling in a bathroom or a simple striped throw on a sofa can also work wonders for adding a refreshing touch to a room.

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In more contemporary spaces, think about using architecture to bring stripes into the décor. Above, a textural stripe is created on the wall by vertically laid stone panels which cleverly uses light and reflection to maximum effect.

Even though the signature stripe is often overlooked when designing a luxury home, it is important to read between the lines where the drama and timeless simplicity of this pattern is revealed.



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