Bold and striking, stripes have long been a favourite of interior designers looking to add a dash of personality and flair to a space; but with great impact comes great responsibility and it can be easy to overwhelm a room if you're not getting the basics of application right. Check out our tops tips on bringing some stripe hype to your home and be inspired by the beautiful fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings on offer. 

Layer chevron patterns for a bold yet cohesive style, seen here with the zig-zag chair backs and curtains in Equalize fabric, Momentum 10 collection, Harlequin, Dh430 per linear metre.

Feel floored While a bold rug is an obvious choice for the floor, why not be more adventurous by painting wooden boards or a cement screed with wide stripes or a chevron pattern in two distinct tones. Add small accents like cushions and vases in a similar aesthetic to tie the look together.

Bridget kilim rug, Jonathan Adler, from Dh21,304.Sandrine Stripe wallpaper in pink 07184-03, Colefax & Fowler, Dh625 per metre.

Slim lines Wearing clothes with vertical stripes is said to having a slimming effect and the same rule applies to interiors. If your home has low ceilings, vertical stripes on curtains or wallpaper can accentuate the sense of height – and the thinner the stripe the more potent the effect will be. But don’t go overboard, as too many vertical lines can make you feel confined. 

Vintage 2 Cecile Stripe wallpaper, Dh430 per roll, and Vintage 2 Cecile Rose fabric, Dh380 per linear metre, Sanderson.

Visual illusions Similarly, horizontal stripes and lines draw the eye outwards and can appear to open up a small space. Stripes laid diagonally over floor coverings or accessories suggest movement and is a simple way to invigorate a room with energy. The zig-zag stripe of a chevron pattern in multiple lines can create a sense of drama and makes for a confident design statement. Be careful, as too much in one room could lead to creating a sense of chaos.

Striped items have an immediate impact on a room, standing out easily to become the centre of attention. Even a single stripe can make a statement, like this Heaven Stripe sofa from Tom Tailor, Dh3,243. Zig-zags add movement and energy to a room, while horizontal or vertical stripes on walls create a heightened sense of space and depth, effective in compact areas. Left: Saarika Azure curtain and cushion fabric, Designers Guild, Dh445 per metre. Right: Stripe velvet sofa in Varese Lambusa Pimento, Designers Guild, Dh607 per metre.

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