Stripes Forever: 4th of July Decor

With the Fourth of July falling mid-week this year, let’s take this chance to hit pause on our busy lives and savor the little things that make life sweet — like iced coffee on the porch, fireworks on a summer night, and the always-stylish power of stripes.

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Erin Napier for Design Sponge

With a centennial American flag framed on the wall and an antique armchair reupholstered using striped French grain sacks, this home really knows how to put stripes to work!

Aerin Lauder
Aerin Lauder via Habitually Chic

Barker and Stonehouse
Barker and Stonehouse

Love Breton striped tops? Bring the classic blue-and-white stripes into your home with chic striped wallpaper and a geometric striped rug in the bedroom. With this many stripes going on in one room it helps to keep everything else soft and neutral, so go with white or natural wood floors, a linen-upholstered bed, and crisp white sheets.



If you want a bolder look, go for wide stripes. In the space shown here, a shade sail with wide black and white stripes is suspended from the ceiling for a dramatic look.


Iittalla via Apartment Therapy
Iittala via Apartment Therapy

For a look as comfy as slipping on your favorite tee shirt, pop striped pillowcases over plush pillow inserts and line them up on your couch.

Whether you like your stripes wide or narrow, classic blue, chic black, or neutral, one super easy way to bring stripes home is with a fresh new rug. Striped rugs go with any style, and are just as easy to work with as a solid, but so much more interesting — check out four of my current favorites below. Happy Fourth, and happy decorating!

Striped Rugs
Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Capel Nags Head Vertical Stripe Rectangles in blue; Liora Manne Sorrento Rugby Stripe in black; Liora Manne Sorrento Pinstripe in navy; Safavieh Cape Cod in natural and black.

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Decorating with Stripes

my scandinavian home
My Scandinavian Home

Stripes are one of the classiest patterns around, and easily written off as being boring oftentimes. But the thing is that stripes can take on any personality you want — bold, minimal, modern, and even traditional. Because like many things in life, it’s all about how you use them.

House and Garden

The Unexpected. Go against the grain and put stripes into play somewhere unexpected, like the stairwell or the inside of the kitchen cabinets. The wow factor will be present in spades and you’ll find yourself smiling when you catch a glimpse of your clever decorating decision.


Mix and Match. Don’t shy away from mixing different striped patterns. It’s not the same as, say, a paisley and polka dot because they’re all related and in the same family. This room is a fantastic example of mixing done right; keeping to the same color palette will make almost anything feel more cohesive.


Go Bold. Stripes don’t have to be diminutive and preppy, they can be loud and in your face if you’d like them to be! Try patterns with varying widths, saturated colors, and a big presence. Make a piece of furniture front and center by going with the pattern rather than solid, or make stripes the focal point of the entire room by keeping everything else neutral and minimal.


Think Neutral. Stripes is one of those great patterns that also has the ability to function as a neutral. It can go with just about anything! So have fun and experiment with the look by sticking to basic hues and pulling stripes into your existing styling for a fun update.

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