Black and white stripes

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.

HALLWAY/ENTRYWAY

A completely black and white striped wallpapered (including ceiling)  foyer and hallway, via Domino

via Domino

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.

Foyer strikingly wallpapered black and white stripes

Black and white stripes in a hallway broken up by a tsrong black door.

One can’t wait to get to the room with the beautiful wallpaper with birds and flowers!

LIVING ROOM

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.

The Edited:

Black and white stripes in this living room make a great feature wall

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!

The Busy:

Miles Redd's living room

Miles Redd’s living room, via Miles Redd

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.

DINING ROOM

Black and white tablecloth set off a dining room

Black and white tablecloths in a dining room

Black and white stripes in a small dining space with candy coloured dining chairs add a touch of irreverent fun and gaiety above.

BEDROOM

The bed above doesn’t even need a bedhead when dressed in a space like that!

Narrow stripes in black and white create a busy bedroom with a busy bedhead

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.

BATHROOM

A strong black lined bathroom in otherwise white and gunmetal painted clawfoot bath

Black and white striped tented bathroom

via Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas, 1960

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.

Black and white striped madness in this small toilet

Black and white striped madness in this small toilet

Just almost too-claustrophobic! Luckily, this is prevented by the prints and the books above the toilet.

STUDY

Wide black and white stripes enlarge a study

Wide stripes seem to make the study larger.

Interest added to this study in black and white narrow striped curtain

CORNER

A modern take on a classic wing chair features upholstery in black woven acrylic boldly trimmed in white welting. The slender exposed wood legs have casters. Checkered houndstooth pillows extend the menswear theme and add punch. Here, black and white is dominant against a lively wall of stripes, where a sky-blue mirror stands out like a jewel. This chair from Century Furniture sells for $3,600. Century Furniture

A touch of grey in the midst of white and black stripes soften this corner of the house

A touch of grey in the midst of white and black stripes soften this corner of the house

What a lovely window seat to recline and do some reading with the black and white upholstered touch to an all-white-wall-black-trim space

OUTDOOR SPACES

CEILING

Black and white stripes on the ceiling define this cafe

White ceiling with black trim on doors and ceiling really add a statement to the already stark black and white room

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.

FLOOR

Black and white stripes on the floor drawing one's eye to the sideboard and gathered precious things

Black and white stripes on the floor draw one’s eye to the sideboard and the gathered items on it.

Slim black tiles in this public toilet really bring an edge.

OFFICE

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