Professional Chat: 14 Designers Show Their Stripes

Singer and actor Justin Timberlake left his foray into the world of design in May 2012, unveiling a home decor collection. When he was asked about a few of his pillow patterns, The New York Times quoted Timberlake as stating,”I do adore a stripe.” Apparently, he is not alone.

In regards to painting chambers with stripes, these designers are in no risk of”losing their manner,” to paraphrase Timberlake. Here’s why they are so enthused about the method — or, as one of them puts it,”obsessed” — and how to use the look on your own rooms.

Jute Interior Design

Play neutrals. “The client wanted something fun for this playroom,” says Alison Davin of Jute Home Design. “We were doing background elsewhere in the home, so here we opted for painted stripes.”

They began with a favorite neutral, Benjamin Moore’s Texas Leather, and”discovered other colors that played from it,” Davis says. “Although we have been told it looks like a boy’s room, I believe the colors are fairly gender neutral.”

Kathleen Burke Design

Paint with the future in your mind . “With this little girl’s room, I wanted to select a base decor and furnishings with longevity in mind,” says Kathleen Burke of Kathleen Burke Design. “Kate couldn’t be more in love with her stuffed animals, or so the idea of a circus tent to showcase her collection was appealing.”

She adds that”the soft, tone-on-tone striped walls were also a sensible choice, because little girls grow up fast. The soft yellow doesn’t feel too young and can easily transition over time. The pattern is neutral and sophisticated enough to match a growing kid’s taste.”

In terms of the budget, Burke says”it made sense to invest money here about the faux-stripe paint instead of linens, because bedding wears out and is easily changed. A future alteration in the linens will change the expression of the room ”

Faiella Design

Create comparison with tilework. “We wanted to do something cosmetic on the walls, but because this is a toilet, we couldn’t utilize background,” says Anastasia Faiella of Faiella Design. “I employed the help of my decorative painter, Ted Somogyi of Probert Art, and we believed that hand-painting a mixture of light colors directly onto the wall to mimic background would help balance out each the tilework. Hopefully, it also creates the space feel somewhat bigger then it really is.”

She adds,”I love design and colour, and typically look to fabrics for inspiration in my design projects. But the stripes here are a completely custom design that we came up with during our design process.”

Alfonso DiLauro

Take inspiration from style. “I was inspired by my client’s clothing,” says Alfonso DiLauro of Special FX. “She is a very chic businesswoman who dresses in perfect-fitting outfits, and I felt that it made sense to transfer her personal style into her bedroom.”

He explains that”the walls are painted in a Benjamin Moore historical color, then I used a latex metallic silver paint to create a transparent stripe by dragging it with a brush. I find that utilizing stripes in any space adds height and crispness to the final product.”

Shoshana Gosselin

Give a woman her fantasy area. “With this pink-loving little woman we wanted to surprise her by not only one but two shades of her favorite colour,” says Shoshana Gosselin of Designs by Shoshana. “We chose to do bigger 20-inch stripes so the walls would not feel too busy.”

Shoshana Gosselin

Insert the illusion of space. This is just another project by Shoshana Gosselin. “With little spaces everything you do should be considerate,” she says. “In the first moment I stepped into this very small kitchen, I knew that back area required to have a wall treatment that fooled the eye into believing it was bigger. I picked horizontal stripes because the management pushes the walls makes them feel longer.”

Erika Ward – Erika Ward Interiors

Take a cue from nature. “From watching the films Finding Nemo, Shark Stories, and The Reef to chatting about sand and surf in the days leading up to their first shore vacation, my children have always been infatuated with all things ocean related,” says Erika Ward of Erika Ward Interiors.

“When you are decorating on a tight budget, paint gives you the most impact for your decorating dollar,” she says. “Painting stripes is an added bonus because it removes the need for wall decor but in the same time gives the space attention. And also the flat stripes make a room look wider and more expansive.”

The 3 colors here are by Sherwin-Williams: Ebbtide, Jetstream and Marquis Orange.

Kerrie L. Kelly

Go for a tailored look. “This bathroom was inspired by boutique hotels I have seen in California and Europe,” says Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. “The tailored wall covering in soft gray and white gives the room a French sense while placing the background for a Jonathan Adler mirror and Restoration Hardware vanity. Overall the design gives a nod to the past while incorporating modern styling and performance.”

INVIEW Interior Design

Add visual attention. “This chamber was designed to get a 3-year-old boy,” says Petra Scroggins of Inview Interior Design. “The stripes are composed of three distinct colors of blue and were meant to make his room more interesting and obviously to add more colour to the space.”

Jessica Bennett Interiors

Anticipate the unexpected. “The inspiration for the stripe effect within this area was a total accident,” says Jessica Pakzad Bennett of Jessica Bennett Interiors. “I was laying out four colors for the client to decide if we wanted to do alternating stripes in dark and light blue, or dark and light green. But when I saw them all on a single page, I loved the idea of performing all four colors, particularly because they referenced the colors of the bedding I wanted to use. The client loved it also, and ta-da!”

Cara Woodhouse Interiors LLC

Satisfy your obsession. “With this nursery I was inspired by an image of a dining area I saw in Elle Decor,” says Melanie Morris of Feathered Nest Interiors. “The stripes are both gray and brown and large in diameter. I believe that they help enlarge a smaller room, along with the broad width seemed to be more fun and young. I am also obsessed with stripes.”

Amoroso Design

Complement the design. “I am a huge fan of overscaled stripes. They’re even on my business cards,” says Shelly Amoroso of Amoroso Design. “The stripes were perfect for this 1920s Spanish-style home, because they bring into a Moorish, Moroccan texture that is often seen in Spanish design.”

She adds,”In this instance the scale of the stripe is bigger, at 8 inches. The technique is pretty simple — OK, simple for someone who knows what they’re doing. Paint the entire wall the lighter of 2 colors, use a laser to tape lines off and fill in the lines with the darker color.”

1 2 1 S T U D I O. C O M

Borrow in the best. Clare Donohue of 1 1 Studio tells it like it is. “I admit that I stole the idea . I had the steel bed and carpet already, and once I moved into a very art deco building I was thinking I’d do gray walls but wanted something extra. In time I found a room Thom Filicia had designed to get a show home. He had really nailed up batten for his stripes, but I painstakingly taped off mine.”

Accentuate existing components. “To be honest, my inspiration for this playroom is not anything very exciting,” admits Tracy Lynn of Style On a Shoestring. “I was restricted by the fact that the existing flooring had blue inside and decided to run with it pull in the blue stripes.”

She explains that”the client’s home design was of a earthy vibe, so the blue in this chamber did not feel too different from the remainder of the home. Still, the children own the space without being in mind, if you know what I mean.”

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