black and white stripes

happy monday, everyone! it’s so nice to be back. stripes are everywhere this spring, aren’t they? i went shopping on friday and saw walls and walls of striped merchandise. of course, stripes aren’t a mere trend but a design staple that have adapted seamlessly from fashion to interior design and back again. here are a host of different spaces that make use of one of design’s tried-and-true classics: the black and white stripe.

two very different rooms with the same base: a black and white striped rug. available inexpensively at stores like ikea (here and here) and overstock (here), it’s an easy look to introduce in your own home and an affordable starting point for all kinds of décor.

a bit more of a commitment are these upholstered occasional chairs. but because the black and white stripes act as a sort of neutral, i could see them working in any number of different spaces. how about behind a desk or vanity — or perhaps at the heads of the table for a dinner party?

i love the graphic punch of striped wallpaper in a small space like a bathroom or a foyer. it’s the perfect mix of classic and fun and a great backdrop for your other belongings — art, books, plants, hot pink towels…

the easiest way to bring stripes into your home. try these for an inexpensive way to try out the look before making any big decisions.

this pièce de résistance is one of my favorite spaces of all time. how playfully brilliant is the combination of scalamandre’s zebra wallpaper, white subway tile, and a black and white striped shower curtain? only kate. (though if you’ve mastered a similar look in your own home, you’re simply obliged to send me the before and after!)
have a lovely start to the week, ladies!

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  1. My heartiest gratitude for allowing me the honor of saying my words in such a beautiful post. That was extremely written by the way.I found your website perfect for my needs. It contains wonderful and helpful posts

  2. i love the richness of black against white background, and adding a splash of my most favorite accent colors, mix them all together, it is like a symphony! love you blog, i will definitely follow…looking forward to your photos from your trip. have fun!

  3. Thank-you so much for visiting my blog and your sweet comments. It is greatly appreciated! Now I have found your blog – thankyou -I’m going to follow. I love black and white stripes and they look fantastic with just about everything. The hot pink in the bathroom pic and also love the green zebra wallpaper!

  4. Hi Mackenzie, black & white is so visually stunning! Thank you for visiting my blog & for your nice comments… it lead me to yours! I will be following! 🙂

  5. LOVE these images. Black and white stripes are so fun. PS if you are curious about a Mclinky party…come stop by on a Friday and you can see what its all about 🙂