Big horizontal stripes – especially black and white – are such a statement on their own that adding anything to striped walls requires real thought and careful planning. I’m not so much for elaborately layered interiors with very few exceptions. My hankering is always for a focal point in a room, and horizontal stripes tend to fight that because they lead the eye rather than stopping it. So when objects are layered on any striped wall, color contrast and shape are key. On a wall with jumbo stripes [top], a composition of squares and ovals was created with picture frames to break up the flow. A bright color like red is an effective pull here and it helps balance against the strength of the black and white.
Something as big as the white-painted coat rack doesn’t really stop the force of the stripes in this hallway. In combination with vertically hung black and white art, it simply creates an odd interruption. For me, the rack is undersized in relationship to the bench and the pair of pictures look like an afterthought needed to anchor it. This arrangement actually maximizes the impact of the stripes.
With black and white in play in so many area of this room, the wall almost takes on an optical quality. Or, perhaps it’s just the jagged arrangement of pictures over the big black stripe that seem to create so many moving parts. This is an attractive room though all the lights and darks made it visually buzzy. I don’t know quite where to look firs, which proves that adding layers over stripes truly can be a decorating challenge.
(Source: hgtv, hb, decorole)
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