Pavilion stripes on walls have been fashionable since Napoleon’s military campaigns.
High contrast pavilion stripes add so much visual buzz it’s no wonder we continue to be drawn to them for draperies, walls and upholstery. Yes, they say formal and luxe, even when they go fanciful – an approach also taken in a living room by Chicago designer Anne Coyle. Pavilion stripes are usually broad, bold and vertical. They come in a variety of color combinations and can be stenciled on walls or applied with wallpaper. On this wall, the stripes create a focal point and do double duty as an accent wall. Another benefit is that they carry the wall so successfully no artwork is required. Striped rooms were originally tents erected as temporary shelters or pavilions. So they are interchangeably called pavilion or tent stripes.
In a guest room, pink and lavender pavilion stripes were used to help make sense of strange roof lines. The metal campaign style beds have perfect pitch as does the metal table between them. Along with sisal carpet and a side ottoman where clothes can be thrown down or a pet can sleep, they mood is informal and energetic. So whether they are contained by molding or allowed to work free, I adore tent stripes in all ways. So here’s a shout out to design diva Josephine Bonaparte, who stole the look from her husband’s military campaigns and made it chic enough to endure for centuries.
See more tent stripes on High Voltage Walls and in a Celery Striped Classic Bedroom.
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