I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about black and white stripes.
I love the bold touch, the sharp, atmospheric lift to a room. No room is hands-off to the treatment. No decorating style – French, modern, shabby chic, Victorian – is faux pas to this glorious look.
Stripes in the hallway alludes to better and bigger style for the rest of the house. Or not. I mean, great impact can be achieved by installing a strong black and white striped hallway that leads to rooms with great punches of reds and oranges. But it can also give way to a restful mauve palette for the rest of the house quite successfully.
One can’t wait to get to the room with the beautiful wallpaper with birds and flowers!
I have observed that bold black and white stripes in these living spaces tend to provoke two aesthetic styles: go very very edited, or go quite busy.
Of course, in the photo above, this is clearly a home where young children do not rule. How can they? The exuberance of a four year old and the clumsy-cuteness of a two year old and the mementos of a three year old clearly will have no place in such a monochromatic space!
Of course, even though it is busy in the picture above, it is no less edited. Less restraint in colour palettes and furnishings, but equally as carefully chosen.
And in the picture above, Anne Coyle cleverly plays on the symmetry of black-stripe-and-white-stripe with the symmetry of lamps. Gives to a balanced room without it being too busy.
Black and white stripes in a small dining space with candy coloured dining chairs add a touch of irreverent fun and gaiety above.
The bed above doesn’t even need a bedhead when dressed in a space like that!
I like this. The antique pieces ground this otherwise busy space. The strong architectural and textural shape of the bed posts really add interest to the otherwise stripey space.
Even the shower curtain is matched with the strong white and black striped wall!
The stripes in this spartan bathroom goes the opposite (horizontal) direction from the same black and white stripes outside (vertical).
The black and white stripes here make the large bathroom seem cozy. This works in a room bathed with light.
Just almost too-claustrophobic! Luckily, this is prevented by the prints and the books above the toilet.
Wide stripes seem to make the study larger.
A touch of grey in the midst of white and black stripes soften this corner of the house
Not quite stripes, but the white ceiling with black trim on doors and ceiling really add a statement to the already stark black and white room.
Black and white stripes on the floor draw one’s eye to the sideboard and the gathered items on it.