Decorating with Stripes: A Little, A Lot, Over-the-Top

If there’s one pattern that will never go out of style, it’s stripes. Thick or thin, bold or subtle, this timeless decorating favorite can bring color and style to any outdoor entertaining space. And while we’re firm believers that more is more, you may be wondering: how many stripes are too many stripes? Read on for three ways to incorporate stripes into your outdoor space, and we’ll let you be the judge.

A Little 

If you like to keep things simple, but want to add a little visual interest to your patio, an accent piece like a chaise lounge is a great way to incorporate pattern and color. We love the look of these bold striped cushions on a clean and modern lounge chair frame. Feeling more daring? Add a striped umbrella for a functional element that ties the space together.

A Lot 

So, you have a thing for stripes. But how do you blend them into your dining space in a way that won’t overwhelm? Try coordinating a thin, multi-stripe pattern on your chair cushions with dinnerware to add a playful layer to the look. Think bold striped dinner plates, placemats or even striped water glasses. A coordinating outdoor rug with larger scale stripes will ground the entire space without making things feel too busy.

Over-the-Top …

When your love of stripes knows no bounds, who says you can’t go for the gusto? To make sure your favorite pattern doesn’t clash, keep scale top of mind. A thick striped rug will coordinate well with thin, multi-stripe cushions in a similar color palette. Use a few solids to break things up, and add striped accents like outdoor pillows to unify the space.

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