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Play off neutrals. "The client wanted something fun for this playroom," says Alison Davin of Jute Home Design. "We were already doing wallpaper elsewhere in the house, so here we opted for painted stripes."
They started with a favorite neutral, Benjamin Moore's Texas Leather, and "found other colors that played off of it," Davis says. "Although we've been told it looks like a boy's room, I think the colors are pretty gender neutral."
Paint with the future in mind. "For 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, 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 practical decision, since little girls grow up quickly. The soft yellow doesn't feel too young and can easily transition through the years. The pattern is neutral and sophisticated enough to suit a growing child's taste."
In terms of the budget, Burke says "it made sense to spend money here on the faux-stripe paint rather than linens, since bedding wears out and is easily changed. A future modification in the linens would transform the look of the room overnight."
Create contrast with tilework. "We wanted to do something decorative on the walls, but since this is a bathroom, we couldn't use wallpaper," says Anastasia Faiella of Faiella Design. "I employed the help of my decorative painter, Ted Somogyi of Probert Art, and we thought that hand-painting a mix of light colors directly onto the wall to mimic wallpaper would help balance out all of the tilework. Hopefully, it also makes the space feel a bit bigger then it really is."
She adds, "I love pattern and color, and typically look to textiles for inspiration in my design projects. But the stripes here are a completely custom design that we came up with during our design process."
Take inspiration from fashion. "I was inspired by my client's clothing," says Alfonso DiLauro of Special FX. "She's 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, and then I used a latex metallic silver paint to create a transparent stripe by dragging it with a brush. I find that using stripes in any space adds height and crispness to the finished product."
Give a girl her dream room. "For this pink-loving little girl we wanted to surprise her with not just one but two shades of her favorite color," says Shoshana Gosselin of Designs by Shoshana. "We chose to do larger 20-inch stripes so the walls wouldn't feel too busy."
Add the illusion of space. This is another project by Shoshana Gosselin. "With small spaces everything you do needs to be thoughtful," she says. "From the first moment I stepped into this tiny kitchen, I knew that back area needed to have a wall treatment that tricked the eye into thinking it was bigger. I chose horizontal stripes because the direction pushes the walls outward and makes them feel longer."
Add visual interest. "This room was designed for a 3-year-old boy," says Petra Scroggins of Inview Interior Design. "The stripes are composed of three different colors of blue and were meant to make his room more interesting and obviously to add more color to the space."
Satisfy your obsession. "For this nursery I was inspired by an image of a dining room I saw in Elle Decor," says Melanie Morris of Feathered Nest Interiors. "The stripes are gray and brown and large in width. I feel that they help enlarge a smaller room, and the wide width seemed to be more fun and youthful. I am also obsessed with stripes."
Accentuate existing elements. "To be honest, my inspiration for this playroom isn’t anything very exciting," admits Tracy Lynn of Style On a Shoestring. "I was confined by the fact that the existing flooring had blue in it and decided to run with it and pull in the blue stripes."
She explains that "the client’s home design was of a coastal vibe, so the blue in this room didn’t feel too different from the rest of the house. Still, the kids own the space without being in your face, if you know what I mean."
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