Let’s Talk Pattern: Earn Your Stripes

Patterns… timeless geometric repetitions we love so much, we give it a name.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at pattern – and the impact it has on design.  Choosing patterns and mixing patterns is not always easy, but the payoff is huge for those who take the risk! 

In this first post, we’ll look at stripes.  And let me tell ya… the spaces I found for this post have earned their stripes.  I have fallen hard for this trend.

In looking through many images of interiors with striped walls, it seems there are a few good rules of thumb.  Mainly: keep it simple.  It’s best to use only two colors.  If you want to use more than 2 colors, keep the pallette subtle and within the same color family.  Do not use stripes in rooms that have complicated architecture: aka- they’re best in rectangular rooms [not too many openings, etc.]. 
Don’t want to take the plunge on all 4 walls?  No problem!  Just choose one wall to accent with stripes!  Even more subtle: use the same color as the 3 other walls as one of the colors for the stripes in your accent wall.
Remember: horizontal stripes will help the wall look wider, vertical stripes make the wall look taller.
  But – walls aren’t all when it comes to stripes.  Consider using stripes in your accent pieces too!
I love the strong impact of black & white stripes, but I’m not even brave enough to put them on my walls {shout out to all of you courageous ones out there willing to give it a go}.  So, I’m loving this pillow!  What a cool accent.
Stripes as artwork… Ch-ya!  I know there’s some of you out there who could totally DIY the look of this artwork!  [consider it a challenge.  tee hee.]
So, is it odd if I’m now craving twist ice cream?!  Beautiful things happen when you stripe colors (and flavors) together. :)
-Rachel

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