Stripes for Decor

Stripes are a wonderful way to switch things up a little while gaining some visual space
Stripes for Decor

Last update: 18 November, 2018

Stripes are one of the most classic designs for interiors. Traditionally, people have used them in all rooms because they look great anywhere. But, why do we use them so much? Well, stripes create a visual effect that can make a room look more spacious.

Stripes add color and atmosphere to any room. They’re great for jazzing up your home while giving it more visual space. On top of that, they help us clear our heads by minimizing stress and anxiety, thus creating a peaceful and tranquil setting.

In today’s post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about using stripes for interior design and leave you with some great decor ideas. You’ll love them!

Vertical stripes

Vertical stripes have a lot of pros in terms of interior decor. First off, they give rooms more visual depth and make them look wider. They create an optical illusion that benefits the room, making ceilings seem higher up.

They also give rooms a lengthening effect. If you have small rooms or low ceilings, using vertical stripes can make your rooms seem bigger.

On a different note, they also add elegance and finesse. We often see them in rooms like the living room or bedroom because they help create a noble, English style.

Aside from all of these advantages, don’t forget that vertical stripes also make rooms seem more organized. According to some studies, human beings feel peace and order when looking at them. They have that effect on us because their geometrical design helps with mental organization, creating a sense of harmony.

Stripes vertical

Horizontal stripes

Horizontal stripes, unlike vertical ones, shorten a room’s height. They visually lower ceilings, making rooms seem smaller. We don’t recommend using them in smaller rooms nor in rooms that have low ceilings.

However, if you want to use them, try to limit yourself to small areas or using them just as a detail. As long as you use thin ones you could put them on the center of a wall. Or, try them in quiet colors.

Thick horizontal stripes can also add finesse for more classic designs. They can reduce the sense of space by visually bringing the walls closer to your furniture.

Stripes horizontal

Where to use stripes

Stripes on walls

Using stripes on walls, as we mentioned earlier, helps rooms appear bigger. It’s one of the best interior design tricks for fooling the eye and gaining space and height.

Furthermore, if you use them in light colors, you could also gain a few more centimeters of visual space. In addition, your rooms would appear brighter and they’ll look bigger thanks to the added perspective. We recommend using a combination of the colors blue and sand because they’ll look like the horizon of the sea, giving you tranquility. The colors grey and beige also work well, filling any ambiance with serenity.

However, you should be careful about the thickness of your stripes. If you use stripes that are too thick, your room with end up with the opposite effect and it’ll seem smaller.

If you go for horizontal stripes on your walls, you have to be careful not to overwhelm the roomAvoid bright colors and don’t use decals, picture frames or any other decorative element on your wall or it’ll look too busy.


Striped comforters are a great option for adding a special detail to your bedroom. Now that you know what stripes can do for a room, you can add them to your bedroom and see just how much more spacious it’ll look. They’ll also help your room look more organized.

If you go for a beige and white color combination or blue tones, you can create a setting where peace and comfort flow freely.


Striped sofas are popular this season. Using stripes on sofas creates style and adds more visual depth than a plain pattern would.

Stripes sofa

As for the color, you can find plenty of options on the market to choose from. If you don’t like taking risks and want something more classic, go for quieter colors. If you’re a bit bolder, look for a sofa that uses a combination of different colors. A bolder sofa will look great in children’s rooms.

Striped sofas can fit perfectly with the overall house decor. In addition, they also pair wonderfully with boho, country or shabby chic styles as well. They’ll take your house to the next level, so don’t shy away, give them a try!