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Get this look: Stripes in the home

comp:000051cfd7c9:0000002975:0249 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"> <div id="attachment_125661" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 526px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-living-rooms-5159412409/"><img class=" wp-image-125661 " alt="Gray stripes are a neutral backdrop for pops of bright neon. By Kerrie Kelly Design Lab." src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/gray-stripes_kerrie-kelly_2-d1f68c.jpg" width="516" height="342"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Gray stripes are a neutral backdrop for pops of neon. By <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Kerrie-Kelly-Design-Lab-boards/">Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</a>.</p></div> <p>They aren&#8217;t just for adding some patriotic flare this Fourth of July. Stripes are both playful and classic and — with the right accessories — can up a room&#8217;s elegance or provide a casual feel year-round.</p> <p>Take for example, stripes painted across the walls of a converted garage space by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Kerrie-Kelly-Design-Lab-boards/">Kerrie Kelly</a> of <a href="http://www.kerriekelly.com/">Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</a>. Swathes of beige in a darker and lighter tone are neutral without being too formal for the neon accessories throughout the room.</p> <p>Besides adding interest to a space, stripes are often used to alter the perception of a room, explains designer Dan Benedict of <a href="http://benedictaugust.com/">Benedict August</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;For example, if a room is too short, you can add vertical stripes to make it seem taller,&#8221; he said. &#8220;It&#8217;s not always for correcting problems, but enhancing a feature.&#8221;</p> <p>Ready to get striped? Here are a few ways to incorporate the look into your home.</p> <h3>Wallpaper</h3> <p>&#8220;Striped wallcoverings are easy to come by and perfect for sprucing up even a small space like a powder bath,&#8221; said Kelly.</p> <div id="attachment_125679" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 393px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-powder-rooms-5159440932/"><img class=" wp-image-125679 " alt="Horizontal gray stripes are a great addition to a small powder bath. By Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. " src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/striped-power-room-aa1aa2.jpg" width="383" height="576"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Horizontal gray stripes pick up the gray in the marble sink top. By Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.</p></div> <p>You can also use strips to make a fun bold statement in an entertainment space.</p> <div id="attachment_125943" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 416px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-dining-rooms-5122550794/"><img class=" wp-image-125943 " alt="A white table and orange chairs balance the rainbow of colors in the wallpaper. By Alex Mundi Design" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/bold-dining-rm-608b52.jpg" width="406" height="484"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A white table and orange chairs balance the rainbow of colors in the wallpaper. By <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Axis-Mundi-Design-boards/">Alex Mundi Design</a>.</p></div> <h3>Painted</h3> <p>While a potentially more exact process than a wall-covering, painted stripes will give you more control over the width and direction of the stripes. They&#8217;re also more affordable.</p> <p>&#8220;Don&#8217;t be afraid to run the stripes vertically or horizontally,&#8221; said Kelly. &#8220;Horizontal stripes can add visual spaciousness to a smaller room.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_125944" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 570px"><a href="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/gray-stripes_kerrie-kelly_3-95faaa.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-125944 " alt="Gray stripes in a converted living room. By Kerrie Kelly Design Lab." src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/gray-stripes_kerrie-kelly_3-95faaa.jpg" width="560" height="371"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Gray stripes in a garage-converted living room. By Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.</p></div> <p>And, stripes aren&#8217;t just for playful spaces.</p> <p>&#8220;Obviously a stripe is fun, but if you have a more sophisticated space, you could have two stripes that were similar in color, like tone on tone,&#8221; explained Benedict.</p> <p>Worried that stripes will be too bold for a space? Benedict suggests painting stripes in the same hue but alternating sheens, such as matte and gloss.</p> <p>&#8220;A matte paint versus a gloss adds texture and dimension to a room, but it&#8217;s not the first thing you notice when you walk into a room. It affects you on a subconscious level,&#8221; he said.</p> <h3>On the ceiling</h3> <p>Striped walls or floors can be bold, but for the biggest statement, consider striping the ceiling.</p> <div id="attachment_125930" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 425px"><a href="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/benedict-august-f34ec1.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-125930 " alt="Varying stripes are fun on the ceiling of this nursery." src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/benedict-august-f34ec1.jpg" width="415" height="572"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Varying stripes are fun on the ceiling of this nursery.</p></div> <p>&#8220;When you think about it, a ceiling is a big portion of the room that&#8217;s ignored,&#8221; said Benedict.</p> <p>He and his team painted the ceiling of a nursery with stripes of different widths in a punchy green shade.</p> <p>&#8220;We thought [painting the ceiling] would be like a canopy overhead,&#8221; he explained. &#8220;What&#8217;s fun is the stripes are all different. The room already has a lot of symmetry and the stripes are a way to mix it up.&#8221;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 18px;letter-spacing: 3px">Accessorize</span><br/> If painting or using wall coverings is too big of a stripe investment, consider adding striped pillows or throws, or using a striped fabric to recover a seat cushion or small chair.</p> <div id="attachment_125680" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 368px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-dining-rooms-1853592509/"><img class=" wp-image-125680 " alt="Bold, black and white striped cushions are an easy way to update a space. " src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/striped-chairs-49cfd1.jpg" width="358" height="538"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Bold black-and-white striped cushions are an easy way to update a space. By Laura Coburn of <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/CoCoDesignsPDX-boards/">CoCo Designs</a>.</p></div> <p>Or, try a rug. Kelly says stripes &#8220;underfoot&#8221; is her favorite way to incorporate the look into a space.</p> <p>&#8220;A striped area rug can anchor a space and add personality,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>Her trick for long-lasting rugs in a high-traffic area?</p> <p>&#8220;Check out indoor/outdoor rugs for your indoor spaces — the durability and color vibrancy works like a charm,&#8221; Kelly said.</p> <h3>Everywhere</h3> <div id="attachment_125931" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 430px"><a href="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dyna-contracting-a10180.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-125931 " alt="Stripes on the exterior? Why not? Design by Dyna Contracting." src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dyna-contracting-a10180.jpg" width="420" height="630"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Stripes on the exterior? Why not? Design by Dyna Contracting.</p></div> <p>&#8220;I can&#8217;t think of any space you shouldn&#8217;t use stripes,&#8221; said Benedict. &#8220;Stripes have a lot of longevity, depending on how you do it. As long as everything looks great together, it will last a long time.&#8221;</p> <p>Get more home-design inspiration on <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/">Zillow Digs</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related: </strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-04-16/get-this-look-brass-is-back/"><span style="line-height: 13px">Get This Look: Brass Is Back</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-03-12/the-new-neutrals-infusing-bold-color-into-the-home/">Infusing Bold Color Into the Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-04-02/get-this-look-inviting-entryways/">Creating Inviting Entryways</a></li> </ul> <p><i><a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/103345847783680122751/posts?rel=author" target="_blank">Erika Riggs</a>, </i><i>a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work <a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/author/erikariggs/" target="_blank">here</a>. </i></p> </div>
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