Painting basic stripes on the wall are easy enough; just decide how thick you want the stripes to be, use painter’s tape to mark off the borders, then fill in the lines with your desired color of the paint. If you’d rather not be bothered with a paintbrush, there are many striped wallpapers. With today’s easy-up, easy-down wall coverings, you can even decorate a rental’s walls with your favorite pattern.
Need some inspiration? Here are 10 bedrooms that show off the range and versatility of geometry’s most basic design.
One Bold Stripe
If you want to add a statement, yet not an exclamation, try one oversize horizontal stripe wrapping around the center of your walls, as in this room by Ragan Corliss of Decorating Den Interiors.
Soft Horizontal Stripes
This gorgeous contemporary room from Atelier Interior Design shows off the most common orientation of wall stripes: horizontal. It’s easy to paint horizontal stripes, and as a plus, they make a small room look larger. While the soft stripes here are wallpaper, you could achieve the same effect with crackle glaze and paint. For the best appearance, keep your stripes between five and 10 inches wide.
While horizontal stripes make a small bedroom look bigger, vertical stripes make a low ceiling look higher. And while horizontal stripes add the most impact when fairly fat, vertical stripes are strongest when they are thin.
Stripes in a Girl’s Bedroom
Stripes are a wonderful way to add fun to a child’s bedroom. What little girl wouldn’t love the exuberant girliness of this pretty bedroom from Jennifer Brouwer Design?
Glamorous Striped Walls
Looking for a touch of glamour in your bedroom? Then consider adding softly metallic stripes, as in the bedroom from Ambience Home Design shown here. Wow!
Striped Walls Add Impact
The simple style of minimalism doesn’t mean there can’t be any personality or spark. For proof, check out the bedroom from Ambience Home Design shown here. This room would be a snooze without the impact of the brown striped walls and the wonderful striped bed, but with them, it’s a stunner.
Strongly contrasting stripes are certainly not your only option. This wallpapered accent wall shows off the soft, almost textured look of tone-on-tone stripes. What a pretty touch of softness in this midcentury contemporary bedroom.
Wooden Striped Walls in a Boy’s Bedroom
Looking for big style in a boy’s bedroom? Or actually, in any bedroom? Then consider creating a striped wall by layering stained wooden boards over a deep shade of paint, as in this fantastic example from J & J Design Group.
Stripes in a Gray Bedroom
While gray has become a classic color for the bedroom, there’s no denying that it can be a little bit, well, drab on its own. To the rescue: stripes in a pretty color. Jen Hadfield of Tatertots and Jello choose a soft aqua for her guest room’s accent wall.
Stripes Add Balance
Use punchy bright stripes on an accent wall to balance similar tones in a bold window treatment, as in the Hollywood Glam bedroom from Lucy and Company shown here. So pretty.