In this four-part series, we’ll bring you the hot interior design trends you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2023. This week: stripes.
On one hand, there’s nothing more classic than a stripe. (Consider the Breton’s perennial place in a capsule wardrobe.) But when it comes to current interiors, however, Toronto designer Joanne Dolan sees their popularity as part of a larger trend toward “maximalism,” where more is always more with colour and pattern mixing. “Stripes are one of the easiest patterns to mix with other things,” she says. “Florals, geometrics, toiles — any other thing can be mixed with a stripe.”
Stripes are showing up across the design gamut, from upholstered pieces to wallpapers and dinnerware. If you’re updating an existing room, particularly one with a more minimalist bent, stripes are an accessible, low-stakes way to add some visual interest. “And it’s all stripes,” adds Dolan. “In wallpaper, they’re a bit bigger, because they’re a bit more noticeable. In fabric, it’s more of a smaller ticking stripe, which is a classic.”
Here are five ways to instantly inject a trending stripe into your space.
The bold statement
A smaller space (bathroom, entry way, one wall) is the perfect place to be daring with the trend.
The budget-friendly buy
For the price of a fancy coffee, this striped pillow is an easy (and affordable) dash of personality for your sofa.
The timeless approach
This ticking-striped chair is as traditional as it gets—and perfect to pair with, say, a riotous floral sofa for the ultimate maximalist take.
The classic nautical stripe
Serve up the trend with these cheery nautical plates. Mix them with plain white dishes for just a splash of the look.
The dash of fun at your door
Make first impressions of your home count with this boldly striped, graphic doormat made from coconut husk fibre.
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