My London flat is full of stripes – Ralph Lauren’s Bungalow Stripe on my sofa cushions, a multicoloured striped flatweave kilim on the floor, striped Hungarian grain sacks made into cushions, and yet they all work together harmoniously.
You only need to look at interior designer Sophie Rowell’s Instagram-famous sofa, which combines seven different striped fabrics, to see that many stripes can work together in the same space.
It’s easy to mix your stripes but balance is key; go for a broad deckchair stripe on a headboard or armchair and a classic narrow ticking stripe cushion, or keep it tonal and mix several different stripes but stick to a restrained palette of two or three colours.
Don’t be afraid of pattern – I love to see something timeless like a stripe used boldly in a large area such as on a sofa, a huge area rug, or even on the walls.
If you’re not ready to commit to striped wallpaper just yet, try it out with a bedspread or striped tablecloth that picks out or complements the wall colour – it’s surprising how much a dash of pattern can lift a whole room, even when used in small doses.
London-based interiors brand Ceraudo have just launched a new striped fabric this week (the range includes an ottoman and side table that would reinvigorate a lacklustre living room).
Co-founder Victoria says, “We always love a stripe as it’s such a versatile pattern – it can be really chic and classic or equally at home in a contemporary space”.
Introduce some subtle striped elements with cushions, glassware and napkins – high street shops such as Zara always have a great selection and Etsy is a goldmine for cushions made using vintage striped linens.
If you’re looking for the perfect striped upholstery or soft furnishing fabric, Christopher Howe, Robert Kime, Ottoline Devries, Guy Goodfellow, Susie Atkinson, Fermoie and Malabar are all good places to start.
For more affordable options, try The Cloth Shop, Tinsmiths, Merchant & Mills or Ian Mankin.