Psychologists say that using stripes as decoration feature is preserved only to the bold and dynamic personalities as it includes a certain amount of gambling. However, I believe that anyone can succeed with a few simple guidelines. So, get your stripe on and let’s decorate the living room with fancy, colourful lines.
What to Avoid When Decorating With Stripes
As previously said, there are a number of things that can go south when you start toying with stripes:
- Too many stripes can distract the eye – Unlike other home décor elements of which you can never have too many, stripes can become overbearing when used excessively. Therefore, you need to draw the line at some point. For instance, if you want a wall covered in stripes from floor to ceiling, stop at one wall only. In case you are adding a “belt” of stripes to grid the entire room, don’t use stripped elements at other spots.
Avoid visual tension caused by clashing colours – Stripes can be dangerous to play with when you want to add a dramatic flair to the space with contrasting colours. It is much safer and creates a soothing effect to use shades and hues from the same colour family.
- Stripes are fussy, counteract them with less intense elements – To achieve that eye-catching effect of the stripes, you see in the magazines, you need to allow them to pop out by completing the room decoration with rather plain accessories.
How to Pick The Right Type of Stripes
Basically there are numerous types of stripes, depending on their direction (horizontal, vertical and slanting lines), their thickness, the contrast between the colours of each line. The same rules one would use when choosing a stripped outfit apply to the stripe interior design. Thin horizontal stripes will make the room appear higher, while vertical ones will add optical depth to the space. Slanting lines can give you a mixed solution but are also trickier, so be careful.
Essentially, you need to be familiar with the peculiarities of the structure of the room to be able to select the best type of stripes. Bare in mind that they can make or break your home décor, and if you are feeling uncertain about how they would look, it’s much better to avoid using them in big room details like walls, massive furniture and etc.
Where is it Safe to Use Stripes for the First Time?
As far as striped surfaces go, the best places to experiment with stripes are cushions, curtains, bed covers and carpets… or a pretty mixture of all of the above. According to carpet cleaners at Melbourne, stains are less visible on a striped carpet or rug, so you can place one in a high-traffic area or in your kid’s bedroom.
Don’t get confused, there are options to experiment with different types of stripes throughout the room. However, it is a game that should be played only by experienced home owners who feel sure of their decoration skills.