Horizontal blue stripes brings a bland wall to life. Add thin yellow lines for a nautical look.

How to Design With Yellow & Blue Stripes

by Wendy A. Cassidy

Stripes are a universal design pattern historically used in various forms by interior designers. Stripes can make a room feel cozy and intimate, or dramatic and grand. Whether it's a classic stripe or a bold horizontal stripe, the pattern promotes symmetry and can redefine the shape of a space. Stripes can play a prominent role in a room or be used in small doses. When used smartly, yellow and blue stripes will add a punch of color and visual appeal to a room.

Selecting a Stripe

Horizontal stripes provide the illusion of width, making a narrow room appear wider and a higher ceiling appear lower. Vertical stripes create the illusion of height making a low ceiling appear taller. When used on walls, the scale of the stripe ought to be the same scale as the room. A good rule of thumb is the larger the room, the bolder the stripes. A small-scale stripe in a large room will look like texture on the wall and be barely noticeable. A bold, wide stripe will offer a dramatic look in a large room.

Color Palette

There are many shades of yellow and blue from which to choose. For a relaxed feel, opt for muted shades of pale yellow and light blue. Vibrant yellows and bright blues will energize a room. Mix and match yellow and white stripes with blue and white stripes for a contrasting look. Horizontal stripes with mixed widths and alternating colors offer a fresh look.

Where to Use Stripes

There is a variety of ways to incorporate yellow and blue stripes into your decor. Treat the walls with stripes painted vertically or horizontally or with yellow and blue striped wallpaper for a prominent look. Striped upholstery in a yellow and blue palette is another option. Window treatments, area rugs and throw pillows offer other surfaces to display yellow and blue stripes.

Pulling the Look Together

A room with too many surfaces covered in yellow and blue stripes appears busy and chaotic. Balance the look by selecting one or two areas to feature the yellow and blue stripes. A room with walls donning the colorful stripes looks best with solid colored furnishings in either a matching yellow or blue. A room painted a solid coordinating color will benefit from striped upholstered furnishings and paired with similar striped window treatments. To add depth and character, mix in coordinating patterns in the same color palette. Throw pillows are great vehicles for mixing in other colors and patterns. Use a mini stripe, a wider stripe, a coordinating solid and a small-scale floral print on a solid color couch. Mix in a coordinating solid, a small-check pattern and a floral with a striped couch.

About the Author

Wendy Cassidy has written articles on interior decorating since 2009. She is a regular contributor to Freshome.com and editor of the lifestyle blog CulturedCivility.com. She is a Certified Interior Decorator and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Rhode Island College.

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