The stripe is the ultimate fix. Need to make a room to look taller? Paint or paper vertical stripes on the walls. Need to make a room look wider? Try horizontal stripes. Need to pull together a disparate color scheme? Find a striped rug that incorporates each color.

"Stripes are a problem-solver," says Annie Selke, designer and owner of textiles companies Pine Cone Hill, Fresh American and Dash & Albert Rug Co. (the last of which is popular for its approximately 150 striped rug patterns). They can make a bold statement when wide or act as a textured neutral when thin. They can read as nautical when blue-and-white or classy when used tone on tone. It's no wonder that while other patterns come and go in popularity, stripes are here to stay.

Stripes never go out of style.

Here are a few tricks to using this versatile pattern:

Use stripes on a headboard to create a focal point.

Stripes can be subtle, too, and should be used carefully and sparingly for a low-key, elegant look.

If a room needs a focal point, try bold-colored stripes on any piece of upholstered or slipcovered furniture.

Stripes can even help with a blank, empty room. Find a striped pattern that you like, Selke suggests, and pull out colors for paint and accent colors in the room.

Stripes can be a great way to add pattern for people who are afraid to add pattern.

Stripes of different thickness can have different effects. A wide stripe draws the eye, while a thin stripe can act like a neutral.

Is there anything more classically preppy than navy and white stripes?

Paint or paper walls in stripes –- vertically for a traditional look, or horizontally for something different.

Use stripes in fun ways such as dinnerware, serving pieces, sheet sets and accessories like lamps.

Source: Washington Post 

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