Stripes are Stars of Home Style

Paisley, chevron, honeycomb and floral … patterns may come in and out of style, but stripes last forever. Classic and crisp, stripes transcend any style and look at home in traditional, casual, rustic or contemporary décor. Uniform and symmetrical, using stripes in decor brings a look of order to any space.

Has your room earned its stripes? Here’s what they can do for you:

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Stripes dress up a room

Striped upholstery is like a pinstriped power suit; it makes a great first impression and is always in style. Our Ralph Dining Chair fits the bill with its business-class style and chic metal ring detail.

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Stripes play well with others

Stripes in decor mix effortlessly with patterns such as floral, plaid and check. Our Stripe Duvet is perfectly paired with a floral quilt or sheets, balancing a room with a masculine touch.

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Stripes can be elegant

When used tone on tone, stripes make a room feel more formal. Our Pearl White Chair with whitewashed wood trim dresses up living room seating or creates an elegant dining area. You can also paint the walls with tone-on-tone stripes, mixing flat with gloss or eggshell finishes to create a subtle texture.

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Stripes command attention

When used in contrasting colors or unexpected places, stripes in decor grab the spotlight. Take a look at our Envy Bench—its style is hard to ignore! The sleek design combined with bold black and white stripes make a statement in your room, marrying function with fashion.

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And stripes tease the eye

When used on walls, stripes can reshape a room. Painted vertically, wide stripes add depth and dimension, while thin stripes create interest. Applied horizontally, stripes make a small room seem larger. On the floor, they can have the same affect, making a small room feel larger, such as this Multi Stripe Grey Rug.

So how will you use stripes in your home?

Design by Direction

After a recent trip to the Big Apple, Amelia Ellenstein, our Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Store Design, couldn’t stop talking about all the innovative vertical displays she saw in stores all around the city. This same concept can be applied to your living room.

Going Up
Just like in retail, the space you have available in your home can sometimes be limited. So, when you find yourself working with less, try one of these tricks:

If you’re renting and want to avoid patching up dozens of tiny holes when it’s time to move, use a stylish bookcase ladder as an alternative way to showcase your wall art.

Take your love of reading (and your extensive coffee book collection) and craft an instant table with a stacked set of your favorite reads. Create two piles of sturdy, hardcover books (similar in size) a few feet apart and securely place a piece of Plexiglas on top and you’ve got a functional, repurposed cocktail table that’s a great conversation piece!

An open floor plan can be great, but sometimes you want to define your space. That’s when a room divider with storage is a great solution. Group objects by color for a striking focal point, or arrange items in odd numbers like three or five to give your display a modern look.

Now it’s time to turn our attention down… to the floor, with some easy tips when you’re trying to make the most of the space you have.

Going Down
Even with limited space, you can still create the illusion of more room by strategically placing a few well-chosen pieces:

Using transparent furniture made from materials like acrylic (Plexiglas or Lucite) or glass in small spaces tends to give the room an uncluttered feel. We like the idea of nesting tables made from either of these materials to give you even greater versatility when entertaining.

Stripes are a fashion wardrobe staple because they’re great at creating the right optical illusion. Horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, they can hide a flaw or accentuate a positive feature. The same principle applies when decorating. Look for a rug with vertical stripes to help lengthen a room. Even a curved stripe can help draw the eye to a specific area of interest like a knockout chair from our eclectic Paris Flea Market Collection. And don’t let the floors have all the fun. A striped accent chair can create great design possibilities, and define your living space.

Whether your decorating takes you up or down, Art Van Furniture has the collections you crave for the space you call home—no matter its size.