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How to Style Striped Curtains + Blinds

Striped fabrics are a great way to add some visual interest and personality to your interior design. Stripes are versatile and can work with a variety of design styles, from traditional to modern. When it comes to curtains and blinds, there are plenty of ways to incorporate stripes into your decor. Check out our new Amalfi Stripe and Bonbon Stripe fabrics or our classic Ian Mankin stripes.

It can be daunting to bring a pattern into a decorative scheme so here are our top tips and ideas to help you get started…

Up or over?

Horizontal stripes draw the eye from floor to ceiling, thereby making your room feel higher than it is, adding a sense of grandeur to even the lowest of ceilings. Perfect in attic rooms, team it with a bespoke blind on smaller roof windows. Vertical stripes are your best friend if you have a small or narrow room. The effect of having stripes running across the room like this makes it look wider than it is. This is a perfect, fun way to liven up kids’ bedrooms.

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Colour scheme

Stripes can be used to add a pop of colour, but you want to make sure that they complement the other colours in the space. If your room is already filled with patterned fabrics, it may be best to stick with a simple, two-tone stripe. Or, creating contrast with striped fabrics can be a great way to add interest to your decor. For example, if you have a lot of solid-coloured furniture or decor, using striped curtains or blinds will break up the solid colour and add a layer of texture.

Mix and match

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider mixing and matching striped fabrics. For example, you could use a bold, wide-striped fabric for your curtains and a more subtle, pin-striped fabric for your blinds. Alternatively, you could use different colours of stripes in the same fabric for a more subtle effect.

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Styling stripes

When it comes to styling your striped curtains or blinds, you have a few options. You could keep things simple by pairing them with neutral walls and furniture, allowing the stripes to be the focal point of the room. Alternatively, you could use them to complement other patterns and textures in the space. To add subtle pattern to your room, striped cafe curtains could be the answer. Cafe curtains typically cover the bottom half of your window, leaving the top half open to allow sunlight into your home. Choosing a striped linen or striped cotton fabric for this style would add a subtle layer of pattern and give your windows a contemporary, farmhouse feel.

Think of scale

If you have a small room, large, bold stripes may be overwhelming. Conversely, if you have a large room, small, narrow stripes may not have enough impact. Medium-sized stripes are usually a safe bet. Our Ian Mankin Angus Stripe fabric is the perfect mid-size stripe.

Still not sure which stripe is best for your room? Book a video call with one of our experts and they’ll be able to advise on the perfect stripe to suit your decor.

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Need more inspiration?

Read more top tips on styling stripes and choosing the perfect fabric.