In the annals of design history, stripes have always been a classic choice with their simple lines, repetitive patterns and unmatched versatility. Today, updated takes on this eternal favorite are lining up to deliver fresh style to spaces, indoors and out. Let these fun injections be your guide on how to decorate with stripes this summer.

Blur the Line

Photo by Lindsay Sal

Reject the rigidity of regimental stripes by selecting distorted linear motifs that are dashed, blurred or even formed by florals and fanciful forms. These variations are loose and imaginative, yet still provide the linear structure that we crave. Interior design by Cara Fox, The Fox Group, foxgroup.com; Hydrangea Drape wallpaper by Schumacher, schumacher.com.

Make Waves

Photo by Pierre Frey

Choose the relaxed lines of wavy, undulating stripes to foster an organic vibe and deliver feelings of calm and comfort to your space. Au fil de l’eau wallpaper by Pierre Frey, pierrefrey.com

Think Thick and Thin

Photo by Liberty Fabrics

For a more relaxed style, veto the one-note look of single-width stripes. Instead, select patterns that mix thick with thin and embrace misaligned repeats. Feeling bold? Throw in assorted colors and hues. Obi Stripe wallpaper by Liberty Fabrics, fabricut.com

Try Tone-On-Tone

Photo by Cole & Son

Decorate with stripes of a different color by breaking free from traditional dark-and-light colorways, and consider warm, tone-on-tone neutrals to give stripes softer contrast and a natural, elegant ease. Croquet Stripe wallpaper by Cole & Son, cole-and-son.com


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Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.