Spots vs Stripes

I have never really been into spots. Even as a little kid, I didn’t like spotty fabrics.

Spotted curtains via Pink Wallpaper

As a decorator, I really haven’t come across too many places to use spots. Except maybe in a little girls room.

Spotted Stickers via Wall Sticker Company

I do however, adore the Mokum fabric called Angkor Wat II which comes in a range of fabulous colours.

Mokum Angkor Wat Bedhead by Inside Out Colour & Design

Now stripes are a totally different matter.

Red & White Stripes by Brain J McCarthy. Photographer William Waldron via Elle Decor

Red & White Stripes by Brain J McCarthy. Photographer William Waldron via Elle Decor

They are fresh and seem to go in any situation.

via Coastal Living Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

I will often look for a stripe fabric to use on cushions or a feature chair. If I can find one that incorporates the other colours in the room then they just add the finishing touch by pulling the whole scheme together.

via Decorology

Jamie Drake via Coco + Kelley

As long as you have the right colouring, stripes will complement florals, damasks, spots, checks and almost any other pattern. Even though they are considered a pattern, somehow they introduce a sense of calm and order amongst all the other patterns and colours in a room.

If you would like to introduce some stripes into your decor, contact us for an appointment.

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  1. I have those very same spot stickers, but my preference is definitely for stripes – as you say, they bring such order while also allowing colour and jauntiness.


  1. […] where would we be without stripes? I’ve mentioned previously I much prefer stripes to spots so was delighted to see ticking stripes, wide stripes and multi-width stripes in the […]

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