Go Bold With Stripes

Stripes are a popular fashion trend for the spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections; fashion houses from L.A.M.B. to Proenza Schouler featured them on the runways. But this trend doesn’t have to stop at your wardrobe. Stripes can be a bold addition to any home because they add depth, elegance or visual bite. Whether on the walls or in the accessories of a room, it’s easy to add stripes to any room in your home. Here’s a guide to give you some inspiration, whether you want to tone it down, play it up or go all out.

In The Bathroom

Tone it down: Use the “essence” of stripes to add verve to your washroom. Buy a toothbrush holder, soap dish or bathmat sporting stripes in your favorite color scheme. Avoid an over-coordinated look by using one color and mix subtle patterns.

Play it up: Be adventurous with a striped or zigzagged shower curtain. This detail will add a visual kick without the commitment of  stripes on the walls. Use bright colors for a modern feel or deep jewel tones for opulent sophistication.

Go all out: If you’re ready for stripes in all their glory, make your move to the walls. Painting thin, mono-chromatic stripes can dress up the bathroom. Vertical stripes elongate the stout walls of a powder room; thick, horizontal stripes add vitality to the master bath.

In The Living Room

Tone it down: Put stripes in the details of your sitting area as a pleasing final touch. Utilize stripes in anything from throw pillows to vases to lamps. Don’t overwhelm yourself, though. Pick one accessory and stick to it: a set of striped lamps or several striped throw pillows or a couple of striped vases.

Play it up: If you’re craving graphics in your living room, try a striped couch. Buy one new or use a slip cover for a quick, inexpensive change. A striped ottoman to match the color of your favorite chair can also provide variety in a stale decorating scheme. Or, tie the room together with a striped or zigzagged area rug.

Go all out: Mix the patterns of your couch, rug or throw pillows. Use black and white to set a contemporary tone and use two sets of stripes as the focal point of the room. The slight difference in designs of the same hue will exude utter stylishness.

In The Bedroom

Tone it down: Take advantage of the current color-blocking trend with a striped dresser. Choose a dresser with a different color on each drawer. Make your statement vibrant by picking vivid hues or stick to clean neutrals. Avoid dressers with vertical stripes that overwhelm the eye.

Play it up: Break up boring space with a striped bedspread. Shoot for a set with wide stripes instead of dizzying thin stripes. This will emit refinement, especially in cool colors such as white, tan or black. Visit the edgy side of the color spectrum with orange, gray or blue tones.

Go all out: Paint wide, horizontal stripes on walls for maximum impact. Use metallic colors such as gold or silver — or sumptuous shades of purple, teal or deep blue — for a classic yet vibrant look.